Today is the Songs of Summer Bloghop!
We all have a “Songs of Summer” list in our heads, songs that evoke blissful thoughts of sunshine, blue skies, sandwiches eaten at the beach with grains of sand stuck in them, coconutty sunscreen. When I happen to stumble across one of these songs on the radio in the bleak, blue cold of winter I can shake off the stinging snowflakes and know that summer will indeed return.
‘What Time Is It?’ from the soundtrack to High School Musical 2, 2007
It’s been a long time since the kids were into the ‘High School Musical’ movies. Nevertheless as the last day of school before summer vacation approaches, this song gets stuck in my head. “Finally summer’s here! Good to be chillin’ out!” And I almost recreate this dancing-on-the-desks scene at my own school. Go on, give it a listen. It’s as catchy as all get-out.
Like a dork, I play it for both kids when they get home on that last day! (They barely tolerate me.)
‘Magic’ by The Cars, 1984
Hard not to dream about summer when a song belts out at its beginning, “Summer! It turns me upside down. Summer, summer, summer… it’s like a merry-go-round” Summer felt like this back in 1984 and feels that way today as well.
‘Summer Lovin’ from the soundtrack to Grease, 1978
A bit of a predictable choice, but this movie always aired on t.v. in the summer when we were kids. The whole movie and every song bring back that kid-in-the-summertime feeling.
‘Tha Good Life’ by Cisco Adler, 2012
Our daughter introduced this song to us. Ever since she first played it – while we were driving around with the windows down, wind in our hair – it has been a favorite. It features one of her favorite musicians, Mod Sun. The song has a laid back, sunshiney feel to it. Number 1:
‘Green Onions’ by Booker T & the M.G.’s from the soundtrack to American Graffiti, 1973
A groovy, timeless, drivin’ around song from another movie set in the summertime. I “borrowed” my dad’s VHS copy of the movie for about a decade and later found a copy of the double-album LP at a record store in Maine. The whole soundtrack is amazing: Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, The Platters, Bill Haley & The Comets, Chuck Berry – songs that bring to mind classic summer scenes at drive-in movies and drive-in restaurants with roller-skating waitresses!
The first video clip is the drag race scene from the movie that opens with ‘Green Onions’ and the next is the song on its own.
‘Home on the Range’ as performed by the Mr. Ding-A-Ling ice cream truck…
… as it relentlessly roams our neighborhood pedaling its frozen dairy treats! (Actually, I still get excited when I hear it approaching and am the first to run out with a fistful of quarters.)