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!

Thursday Tunes and Other Items

music_micHi and Happy Thursday!  Hope you have had a great week!

This week I wanted to write about the movie “Rock of Ages” for my tunes.  Have you seen it?

It stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, and a few others as well.

The plot is pretty silly and light, but the singing is really good.  I was surprised at the singing ability of these actors — well not all of them, but quite a few.

The movie includes loads of songs from the 80s heavy metal / hair band days.  I enjoyed singing all of the words!!  It was surprising to me how many songs that I knew and hadn’t heard in years, yet I was able to sing nearly every word.

It was fun to see another take on some of my faves — “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, and “Livin on a  Prayer” by Bon Jovi.  I must admit that I prefer the originals but it was fun to hear all of them again!

This music took me back to my youth!  It was great fun.  The thing I really liked is how true to the original songs that the movie stayed.  That was nice.

The 70s, 80s and 90s artists featured included Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Led Zeppelin, Foreignor, Guns and Roses, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Backstreet Boys, Stevie Wonder, and Starship.

If you saw it, did you notice any other groups that I missed?  Did you also like the music as much as I did?  I sure hope so.


This week, my son Ian finished preschool.

My boy is growing up so fast.  Too fast it seems sometimes.

His class had 18 kids, two great teachers, and many volunteers.  He had fun each day and learned a lot!

I am very thankful to the school for working him in since he was only able to attend half the month.  We split our time in two places so that was necessary.

There are three friends that he will be seeing over the summer.  Ian’s first real friends outside of family.  Two of them he has already had a play date with and the other one will be soon.  Should be a fun summer!

We have his first school pictures and he received his yearbook this week.

Wow, in a few months, it will be time for kindergarten.  I know he is ready but not sure that I am.


I have several friends and family who I am praying for.   I lift them up to the Lord!

I want to borrow a prayer that Ian learned at school, “Dear Jesus, please help all of the people who are sick or sad get better fast, fast, fast. Amen.”

Isn’t that a great prayer?!  I love that the children were taught that!!


May you have a blessed and wonderful rest of the week!