Thursday Tunes — Music of Summer

Dad_Patti_IanTomorrow, June 21, at 1 a.m. ish, Summer starts!

This is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  How about you?

Summer to me is about long days, having light until nearly 10 p.m., lightning bugs, gorgeous sunsets, watermelon and cantaloupe, water, s’mores, shorts, sunscreen, a floppy hat, and flip-flops.

I have loved going to the beach in the summer — from when I was a baby.

The picture on the left is me with my dad when I was less than a year old and the other photo is of my dad with Ian.  He was 8 months old in this picture.

Summer to me is also about music.

When I was growing up, my family often got together in the summer.  We’d be together for several weeks to a month.  And, part of that time that was so fun and special was our family sing-alongs.

We gathered around the piano in my grandparents’ family room.  My aunt played the piano and we all sang family favorites, camp songs, hymns, show tunes, and we always ended with “Brigadoon.”

Last summer my aunt transferred this piano to her home, so we had some time while it was on a truck to sing a few songs.  There we were in front of the beach house and on the side of the road singing.  It brought back so many fabulous memories.

There are also a lot of songs about the summer that I enjoy.  When I hear them, I think of the fun of summer and no school, vacation time, and time to relax.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Summer Wine” by The Coors
  • “The Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley
  • “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • “Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys
  • “Cruel Summer” by Banarama
  • “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
  • “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  • “Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx
  • “California Girls” by The Beach Boys
  • “Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease

These songs make me happy when I hear them.  And, I sing along or dance with the music.

They put in mind of a cool ocean breeze, toes in the sand, and a favorite cocktail or other summery drink.

What are some of your favorites?  I’d love to hear about favorite songs and favorite things that you do in the summer.

I wonder what this summer will hold.  I know it will be fun times, but no trip to the beach this year.  Instead, we’ll have ice cream at home, go to our community pool, and spend time at our library.

Ahhhh, summer and life and the music are fun, distinctive, and easy!

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