Thursday, June 25, 2015

Now You Can Hear What’s In My Head

Don’t you just love summer?

The heat, the half-naked people, the children running free all over.

Don’t call the cops, people.  Pretend it’s 1980 and people under age 18 are allowed to use their legs, brains, and will to live without a parent present to catch them every time they fall down on their precious wittle knees.


Anyway, one of the things I love about summer is hearing music that reminds me of summer.

I’m not a super-uber-serious music lover, preferring the sounds of silence to any other sound in particular.  But I do love thinking about music playing in the background of life like a soundtrack.

You have an internal soundtrack, don’t you?  Like, the Rocky theme plays in your head when you walk around.  Or Superfly.  Thunderstruck?  Think about it.  You know you have one.

I made a list of songs I hear in my head when summer’s on.  Not many of the songs have summery themes.  They either became popular during a summer of my life, were my favorites during a summer, or make me feel summer.  Spoiler alert:  If you’re specifically into country pop, hardcore rap, thrash metal, or obscurity, I’m not.  Your music won’t be featured here.  Sorry. #notsorry

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Here's the whole playlist on Spotify:

1. Drive – The Cars
The anthem of my angsty MTV years.

2. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
“I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac.”  Obviously.

3. Everlong  Foo Fighters
“Breathe out, so I can breathe you in.”  Okay, Dave Grohl.

4. Pink Moon – Nick Drake
This song is sweet like cotton candy.  I have no idea what the words are, but I sing along like I do.

5. Every Ghetto, Every City – Lauryn Hill
I will sing every word of this song for five thousand dollars.  Totally worth the money.  Makes me recall my days in the New Jerusalem.

6. Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Reminds me of friends piling into a car, cranking this up and screeching along.  Also reminds me of blowing out the speakers in my car.  Also reminds me of my current hearing loss problem.

7. America – Ventura Highway
Just me, my waist-length hair, a dirty hippie shirt, and a surfboard.  Nothing about this song reminds me of anything about me.  Also why I love it.

8. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
This song came on the radio one morning long ago as my friends and I were driving home in the wee hours after a long night out (sorry, Mom).  As the sun came up, the intro to this song came on and we groggily rode into town along to the music.  The lyrics started and brought us out of our reverie.  We all sang along.  Perfection.

9. Hey Ya – Outkast
This song is just fun.  Plus it has a mysterious vibe, which I’m all over, every time.

10. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
I wish that every kiss was never ending.  Yeah.  Unless my husband just ate Doritos.  Then get away from me with your nasty lips.

11. The Girl from Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim
This song reminds me of my days as a tall, tan, young, and lovely Brazilian.

12. Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow – Picture
I like to imagine I'm singing the Sheryl Crow part.  Except I would NOT be singing about Kid Rock.

13. Simon & Garfunkel – Late in the Evening
What screams summer more than Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park?  Love this live version of one of my favorite oldies.

14. Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
Who doesn’t love Bob Marley?

15. Steve Miller Band – Jungle Love
Steve Miller Band featured heavily in my teen years, well after they were relevant to the music scene.  A similar phenomenon still occurs among teens everywhere with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix, which I find fascinating. 

16. Speed of Sound – Coldplay
I just love Coldplay.

17. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
I don't stay up all night just to get lucky anymore, but I do love this song.

18. Primus – Tommy the Cat
It’s the bass.  THE BASS, people.

19. Eagles – Life in the Fast Lane
He was brutally handsome.  She was terminally pretty.  You may be surprised to know that, despite the rumors, this song is NOT about my husband and me.  Are you with me so far?

20. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
This song got a bad rap a couple of years ago.  I still love it, unabashedly.

21. Lucky Star – Madonna
Like most other girls in the 80s, I went through a serious Madonna phase.  This song played in all of our heads as we covered our wrists with jelly bracelets and stole fingerless lace gloves from Trends.

22. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Also a throwback to my teen years.  I was no black-wearing goth girl, but I felt allllll the emotions.

23. Spoon – The Underdog
This song makes me want to drink margaritas.

24. Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
We all need more Jamiroquai in our lives.

25. I Want You Back –Jackson 5

26. Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find
Classic Lou Rawls is appropriate in any season.  Like silk, from which his voice was made.


This post inspired by:

Mama Kat's Writing Workshop

Prompt #2. Create a summer playlist and share it.


  1. My sister has been listening to Could You Be Loved non-stop for the last week. It's a good one. Great list!

    1. Thank you! It was one my favorites when I was in college. :)

  2. And I am officially down the rabbit hole. Had never heard of The Jesus and Mary Chain. Had to go find more of their stuff. New discovery--You've Been a Friend.
    Great list!

    1. Rabbit hole, indeed. Have fun!! :)

      And Thanks!

  3. OMG I have a summer playlist on my Ipod!!!!
    And I am sorry I haven't been commenting because you know, SUMMER.

    1. Don't ever apologize for summer. Or life in general. Which is my excuse for everything, forever.

  4. Yes, yes, yes! So many times yes to this list! I would listen to this year-round...not just Summer. So good. Thank you for sharing :) Stopping by through Mama Kat's...

    1. Thanks for your encouragement! Your enthusiasm really made me smile. :) I would make a playlist for you any day.

  5. I cut my playlist off at 12... guess I should have just kept going. Mine is on YouTube; Spotify is a pain, but I'll go set myself up there so I can listen. Good songs here!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

    John Holton
    The Sound of One Hand Typing
    The Sound of One Hand Typing FM

    1. There are so many summer-worthy tunes...thanks for the encouragement! I hate having to set up an account to use a web player too, but I like Spotify's playlist feature. glad you liked the songs I picked!

  6. "This song reminds me of my days as a tall, tan, young, and lovely Brazilian."

    - See more at:

    Me too!

    Also I prefer the sound of silence, too. And I do know what you mean about a soundtrack playing in your head. "Rocky" is one of the songs that plays in there ....

    1. Wonder how many of us walk around like we think we're the next heavyweight champ? :)

  7. I love The Eagles. And subsequently Don Henley. All these songs man... yeah.... :)

    1. I just love Boys of Summer because you typically hear it in summer. Huh. I think I really just made a discovery there. :)

  8. Excellent choices! Blurred Lines and Get Lucky definitely remind me of last summer. It's funny how we specifically remember which summer those songs made their debut. They leave such a mark on us!

    1. They really do. Most of my faves made a mark on my formative years. For better or worse, honestly.

  9. I do love me some Bob Marley and Jackson 5! I'm old school.

    1. Me too! 'The best things in life are old school' is my motto.

  10. LOVED this post. Your musical choices and your hard-boiled descriptions of WHY.

    1. Thanks so much! The song descriptions came fast - in order to be genuine, they just had to. :)