As I sit and edit my novel, aptly titled “A SUMMER OF LOVE”, the sun seems to be trying that little bit harder today and I’m really hoping summer will finally arrive.
To put me in the mood, I chose ten of my favourite “summer songs” and created a little playlist.
- Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
One of George Harrison’s best songs, is guaranteed to chase away any grey cloud weighing on your mind.
- Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae
Nothing like reggae to evoke summer and lazy holidays on the beach. Here’s one song that accompanied me in my teenage years, by Danish duo Laid Back.
- Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Another staple of my sweet sixteen, a song about spending the summer at home while all your friends have taken off and left you bored and alone. Been there.
- Fralippo Lippi – Come Summer
Another Scandinavian act, Norwegian this time. This has a different vibe, a more melancholic, northern type of summer feel. Atmospheric.
- Lotus Eaters – The First Picture of You
“The first picture of you, the first picture of summer”… it carries on in the previous track's vibe. One of my favourite 80s songs.
- Crowded House – Weather with You
This song has personal memories of a very memorable summer, one that changed my life. It played non-stop in the car cassette player during a holiday romance that turned out to be more than that!
- Bebel Gilberto – August Day Song
A little Latin American feel never fails to warm you up, here with some class and sophistication.
- Holly Cook – Body Beat
More reggae! A recent discovery of mine: the daughter of Sex Pistol’s drummer Paul Cook, Hollie’s album is a little ray of sunshine.
- John Squire – Summertime
Named after the painting by Edward Hopper, a Beatles-esque song about leaving the crap behind and taking life head on. “This season’s mine, oh, yeah, summertime”.
- Beach Boys – Do It Again
When it comes to sun, beach and fun, no one does it like the Beach Boys!
What’s your favourite summer song?