Music and summer have always gone hand in hand for me. Certain songs will bring me back to a summer day on Leland Avenue or a blanket on Orchard Beach. Going to a Yankee game and hearing Saturday In The Park is as evocative of a perfect summer’s day as seeing Jeter go from first to third on a single by Bernie.
All good movies have a great soundtrack, and my summer movie throughout the years had some beautiful songs, many of which our good friends on iTunes have made readily downloadable for a modest fee. I encourage you all to create your own Summertime Playlist.
For your general amusement, here is mine.
In no particular order:
Summertime, Summertime by the Jamies
Summer In The City by the Lovin Spoonful
Summer by War
A Summer Song by Chad and Jeremy
In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry
The Boys of Summer by Don Henley
Saturday In The Park by Chicago
Everybody’s Talkin by Harry Nilsson
Goin Back by The Byrds
The Girl From Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz
Good Morning Starshine by Oliver
HOT HOT HOT by Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blues
Had To Cry Today by Blind Faith
Kokomo by The Beach Boys
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band
Ride Captain Ride by Blues Image
A Salty Dog by Procol Harem
Jump Into The Fire by Harry Nilsson
Make Me Smile by Chicago
San Francisco Nights
See You In September by The Happenings
Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
Summer Wind by Frank
25 Or 6 To 4 by Chicago
96 Degrees In The Shade by Third World
Jamming by Bob Marley and The Wailers
My Cherie Amour by Stevie
John Barleycorn by Traffic
Spill The Wine by War and Eric Burden
In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans
Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny
Well, that’s a good start. I will probably add songs as I hear them or remember them, Some like Sleepwalk go back a long time, most are from the 60s and 7,0s but all bring a smile to my face when I listen to them.
I would love to hear your suggestions for a summer playlist.