Songs of Summer Blog Hop

Hi there! Time for a little fun with the sun.

Like many, I’m an audiophile. When I’m in the car alone I tend to max the volume…so I joined the Songs of Summer bloghop, hosted by the Armchair Squid, Cygnus and Suze.

Ah, summer.

Sunny mornings full of possibility, lazy poolside afternoons and rockin’ nights lit by tiki torches. What songs bring back the sunscreen and beach-sand to you? What songs defined your one perfect summer, be it decades ago or recently? Feel free to comment below.

My ALL TIME FAVE summer song is an oldie–Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. Can’t you just feel the long grass behind the stadium? The sweaty summer lovin’? I can…

Speaking of Summer Lovin’ I’m a goof for showtunes. My sons know this song, SUMMER NIGHTS from Grease by heart. (Future ladies of theirs will praise me…) No doubt I hauled my cookies to the beach for a boy back in the day.

I was born and raised in Chicago, and have a genetic weakness for the band, Chicago–with or without Pete Cetera–because my dad and I would sing these songs in the car together. The have been a longtime fave from way deep in my childhood. SATURDAY IN THE PARK is a tune of theirs that is perfect for summer.

This song burned up the charts the summer of my 8th grade graduation. I remember dancing to it at my party. KOKOMO by The Beach Boys.

More recently, my music tastes have ranged from rock to rap to country to alternative. I am limited to 5 songs on this post–which was SOOOO hard. My initial list–composed in 20 minutes–had 12 songs. I had to winnow–and I’m not good at winnowing!

After much deliberation, I picked The Zepher Song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to round out my list, because I love them, and because this one has such an ethereal quality to the melody. Tony Keidis is at his lyrical best in this one, and I always feel energized when I hear it.

So, if you read my blog regularly, or not, this eclectic mix of summery music might cement my status as Most Likely To Freak Out the Normals…

Please hop on over to my fellow bloggers. You may find songs that rock your summer.
Or, bring you to nirvana (the state not the band Or, perhaps both…).
Or, you could find an earworm. (I do apologize! I’m gonna be singing SUMMER NIGHTS all weekend, too!)

Thanks for popping in, and keep rocking my friends!

1. The Armchair Squid 2. Subliminal Coffee
3. My Creatively Random Life 4. Alex J. Cavanaugh
5. L.G. Smith Bards and Prophets 6. I Think; Therefore, I Yam
7. Servitor Ludi 8. Stephanie Faris, Author
9. WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME 10. Cherdo on the Flipside
11. Nicki Elson’s Not-so-deep-thoughts 12. Trisha @ WORD STUFF
13. Hungry Enough To Eat Six 14. V’s Reads
15. Life Before the Hereafter 16. The ToiBox of Words
17. StratPlayer’s Creative Output 18. DiscConnected
19. Aristotle’s Mistake 20. Deniz Bevan at The Girdle of Melian
21. Words Incorporated 22. Madeline Jane

26 thoughts on “Songs of Summer Blog Hop

  1. Wow, I almost picked “Brown Eyed Girl” – on a very short list of my favorite songs in the world. I hate the radio-friendly edit, though. How anyone can pretend to themselves that song isn’t about losing your virginity – with or without the “makin’ love in the green grass” line – I’ll never understand.

    Thanks for joining us, Veronica.

    • For me, too, Janie! My boys still will sit and watch it with me–and one of them is 17. That music will be with them long after I’m gone–so I’m glad for building good memories, now! 🙂

  2. stratplayercjf says:

    Some great choices! Any list that starts with Van Morrison has my!

    Chicago was very good, but especially when Terry Kath was still alive. I prefer the older rocking stuff where he was prominent (like “25 or 6 to 4″) more so than much of their other stuff. Peter Cetera tended to be a little too sappy for my tastes (“If You Leave Me Now”, etc).

    Also really like the Chili Peppers selection!

  3. nickielson1 says:

    An eclectic mix, indeed — but a really good one. Had I ventured back futher in my summers, my list would’ve probably been all Grease songs. I even ated the whole damn thing out with my girlfriends in one of their garages one summer. We made our parents watch. I’m sure they were horrified when we sange every single word (most of which we didn’t understand) to Greased Lightnin’.

  4. I love this list! You can never go wrong with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Like, never ever. Also, I had Brown Eyed Girl stuck in my head a few weeks ago. . . thanks for putting it back there. 😉

  5. I have great memories associated with ‘Brown-Eyed Girl.’ 🙂 (Not the kind the song talks about, tho. More … platonic. Ha!)

    I also really like ‘Saturday in the Park’ a lot.

    Thank you for participating, V!

  6. sylvannak says:

    I love the Zephyr Song, also one of my favorites of theirs. Excellent list overall. When my daughter was only 8 or so, she was one of the cheerleaders in Grease. I remember feeling fairly itchy at some of the lines they sung! I think they went straight over her head, thankfully.

  7. This list spans multiple decades! Grease definitely reminds me of childhood, although not specifically summer, since I don’t remember when I first saw the movie. It was while it was still in the theater, but I was too young to know what time of year it was.

    • Yes, I have quite the range here. I’m a huge fan of music–my kids and I sometimes do “dance party” nights where we just spend an evening pulling up one type of music to sing along with. Our last one was an 80’s theme. GREASE was prominent that night! 🙂

  8. Kokomo for the win. It’s cheesy as all get out, but it gets the job done. 🙂

    It’s been great to get to know some new bloggers with this hop… especially a fellow scientist! Rock on, V!

  9. I wondered if anyone would put Summer Nights from Grease on their list. I think yours is the first I’ve seen. And I love Van Morrison. Moondance would have been a good one for tonight’s full moon. 🙂

  10. YAY! I actually know four out of five of your picks. I wasn’t familiar with that last song, but I liked it, and reeeeally liked the video. It reminded me of a kaleidoscope. Great picks!

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