Music has always been a huge part of my life. From my parents playing records in our living room or listening to one of the many radios that we had in the house, to my life now where songs blast out from every room in my home and every car ride has to involve a discussion as to whose playlist we’re going to listen to!
I have three favorite summer songs which, to me epitomize the emotions of a summer day.
Firstly, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime. It’s my go to song for driving to the beach.
Secondly, as a teenager, when it was 2am, and too hot to sleep, like a scene from Hitchcock’s Rear Window, I used to listen to Hot in the City by Billy Idol.
Finally, and if you’re a fan of the movie Bridesmaids this one will get you dancing, I chose a song which isn’t really about the summer but the video always makes me want to sit on a beach and look soulful, Hold on by Wilson Phillips. Incidentally, I totally had that blonde ‘Melrose Place’ pixie cut!
I compiled a playlist of these and many other summer songs through the generations on Spotify and asked a few of my author friends if their summer books had a particular song attached to them.
Author Leslie Scott chose I can’t drive 55 by Van Halen for her book, Full Tilt Boogie. Just imagine racing down a California highway on a motorbike, the wind in your face, just you and the open road…
Lauren H Mae went for a much more zen approach with her choice, Mariner’s Apartment Complex by Lana Del Ray, for her new book The Rules.
I hope this playlist lifts your day and that whatever summer you are having, at home or at work, you can close your eyes and feel the warm breeze, smell the ocean and feel the sand in between your toes.