Evoking Bruce Springsteen’s new album’s California dreaming feel and our summer playlist:
Bradley Cooper in “The Road Less Traveled” IWC Schaffhausen campaign, Mojave Desert, California, 2019
Summer is here. In time, I have learned to appreciate and enjoy each season and find the beauty in the everyday, but I will always refer to summer as “that time of the year”. That inescapable feeling of endless possibilities that a summer day promises. The unapologetic escape from the day-to-day grind without a moment’s thought. Playing hooky from work with a childlike joy. It is not however the image of an idyllic sandy beach, the idea of relaxing all day long by a body of water, or good vibes music that best conjures up summer for me. It’s rather the thought of a road trip on a path less travelled and music that stays with you long after the summer ends. It’s a lust for adventure, but all mildly tempered by the feeling that summer, too, is fleeting. Just like taking the beauty of life with a grain of salt.
Our beginning of summer playlist revolves around Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Western Stars”, out on June 14 (of which Rolling Stone magazine says that it “sets out for wide open territory”, evoking “country-tinged California pop from the Sixties and Seventies, sounding like nothing he’s done before”), The Cure, who are touring this summer, Bob Dylan, because I have started to listen again to all the albums we have after I read that Mats Wilander always has Dylan on while he’s traveling through America for his Wilander on Wheels project (because, see, it’s everything surrounding tennis that I love, not just the game), and a few other favourite tunes in between.
1.Hello Sunshine, Bruce Springsteen / 2.Lovesong, The Cure / 3.Free Fallin’, Tom Petty / 4.(Don’t Fear) the Reaper, Blue Öyster Cult / 5.Gold Dust Woman, Fleetwood Mac / 6.Lay, Lady, Lay, Bob Dylan / 7.The Scope and Span of Pennsylvania, Matt Pond PA & Chris Hansen / 8.So Nice, Curtiss Maldoon / 9.Our Day Will Come, Amy Winehouse / 10.Last Nite, The Strokes / 11.I Can See for Miles, Allison Pierce / 12.Tucson Train, Bruce Springsteen / 13.It’s All Over Now, Them (feat. Van Morrison) / 14.The Boys of Summer, Don Henley / 15.Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits / 16.Tangled up in Blue, Bob Dylan / 17.In Between Days, The Cure / 18.To Love Somebody, Nina Simone / 19.Pink Cadillac, Bruce Springsteen