Well, if you know anything about me, the thing to know is that summer is my favorite season of all. I would be happy with All Summer All Of The Time! And music is one of my favorite ways of feeling it. I’m so excited because this summer I already have tickets to see Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Sugarland. There is nothing quite like sweating and dancing under the stars on a hot summer night to super-loud live music.
Here are my top 10 songs that make me feel like summer all year round, but especially when it’s here…here at last!
1: “Summertime,” Kenny Chesney. Last summer I was driving my pickup truck to Nashville, Tennessee, and this song came on, and it made me cry. It was one of those moments I won’t ever forget.
2: “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” Bruce Springsteen. I was not a crazy Jersey Shore kid, but I’ve spent some time there growing up. More importantly, the older I get, the crazier I get about Bruce Springsteen, and there is something essentially summer about him.
3: “Laundry Room,” Avett Brothers. I first heard about the Avett Brothers from Garden and Gun magazine. I was intrigued that their album I and Love and You was produced by Rick Rubin, who only does things in bare feet, which is why I want to be him. But I had no idea what to expect when I saw them live last year at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. HOLY COW! I had no idea. For the encore, I really wanted to shout “Laundry Room!” but was feeling a bit shy. And then everyone started shouting it, and I felt like I had finally found my true tribe. Last 60 seconds of the song gives you a small hint of what they are like in concert.
4: “Love Is My Religion,” Ziggy Marley. It is my religion! I love Bob Marley, but this song by Ziggy is my favorite summer reggae song.
5: “Arms,” Bodeans. This dreamy tune makes me feel like summer long ago, when it was hot and summer was one long desire after another, and the air was filled with the sweet scent of fields and the sounds of crickets….
6: “Private Universe,” Crowded House. I love Crowded House, and this song reminds me of that relaxed, happy vacation feeling when love is all that really matters.
7: “Jamaica Say You Will,” Jackson Browne. I first discovered Jackson Browne when I was 14 and I stole my parents’ car and drove to the store and bought The Pretender. I drove out the very next day to buy Saturate Before Using. It was summer. And I’ve been listening to this song for 35 years. It makes me think of all the pirate romance novels I love to read!
8: “Jackson,” Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. This is just such a fun song that has that “dang it all” feeling, like ditching it all and starting over and who cares what happens next.
9: “Bullroarer,” Midnight Oil. This is another oldie. I remember listening to it through my WALKMAN as I was walking on the scorching cement sidewalks of Emmaus on my way to the gym. It made me want to work out. It made me love the heat, and it made me feel alive. God, I love summer!
10: “Long Hot Summer,” Keith Urban. It’s from his new album (he played it on the CMT awards this year. Keith has a lot of great happy summer songs, but this one was just written for summer. For this summer. For my summer! You’ll find me dancing to it when he comes to Philadelphia!
What’s your favorite summer song?