Lately, I’ve been going back through old CDs, reviving anything to do with summer. The thing is, I’ve always had a visceral connection to music. Like pictures, they instantly bring me back, remembering to who, what, when, and where. At sixteen, it was the songs of Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory and the Ataris. Now, eight years later, I can’t help but listen to those songs, flashing back to the dog days of summer. Of being sixteen, and feeling like you owned the night. Driving to the beach, windows down, stereo blasting.
So with that thought, and my summer of misadventures in full swing, I’ve come up with my very own Soundtrack to Summer. And so, in no particular order, these are the songs of my Summer–past, present and future. The thing is, it’s always changing, always evolving. And that’s what I love about summer.
Gaslight Anthem — “Boomboxes and Dictionaries”: Because the radio will still play loud, songs that we heard as our guards came down. Like in the summertime when we first met, I’ll never forget, don’t you forget, these nights are still ours.
Deana Carter — “Strawberry Wine”: Like strawberry wine and seventeen. The hot July moon saw everything. My first taste of love… oh bittersweet. Green on the vine. Like Strawberry Wine.
Yellowcard — “Ocean Avenue”: We were both 16 and it felt so right. Sleeping all day, staying up all night. (Staying up all night).
Brand New — “Soco Amaretto Lime”: And tonight will go on forever, while we walk this town like we own the streets. And stay awake through summer like we own the heat.
Katy Perry — “Last Friday Night”: Last Friday night. Yeah we danced on table tops, and we took too many shots. Think we kissed but I forgot. Last Friday Night.
Dashboard Confessional — “Warmth of the Sand”: we shed our clothes, and felt romantic, tinted by the moon fantastic. Bright and warm, and hours alone absolve us of the sins we own. And from one year into another I think of you when I feel summer.
The Kinks — “Lola”: We drank champagne and danced all night… under electric candle light.
The Ataris — “The Boys of Summer”: I never will forget those nights, I wonder if it was a dream. Remember how you made me crazy? Remember how I made you scream. Now I don’t understand what happened to our love. But baby when I get you back I’m going to show you what I’m made of.
Deathcab for Cutie — “Photobooth”: I remember when the days were long…. and the nights when the living room was on the lawn.
Taylor Swift — “Tim McGraw”: And I was right there beside him all summer long. And then the time we woke up to find that summer’d gone.
Lady Gaga — “Summerboy”: Hey there summer boy. I’m taking off my heels, Lets go for a run. Have a little summer fun. Have a little summer fun. Summer boy.
The Ataris — “In this Diary”: Here in this diary, I write you visions of my summer. It was the best I ever had.