What are your plans for the summer? No, don’t answer that. I don’t like that question. So many times what you plan is an entirely different thing from what you get to accomplish. That’s not necessarily bad. It can be a reminder of sorts to take each day as it comes, especially so in the summer. Of course this doesn’t mean you don’t have to make plans, quite the contrary, just keep them to yourself and live the summer the way you want it. And maybe you can tell others later about it. Or you can do it through songs. This is something I do like to talk about.
This is not a proper summer playlist, because I am not into lyrically exuberant and unchallenging soundtracks, the kind that summer may seem to call for at first glance. These are rather the kind of vibes that hold certain summer memories or that anticipate the days ahead, concerts that have marked past summers, songs that always play in the car during a road trip, a favourite summer movie soundtrack that makes me rewatch the entire film in my head, a song (Nena’s 99 Luftballons) that will remind me of the first good film I have watched this summer (more about that later this week), or a music video that simply captures the feeling of Summer, like The Stones’ Ride ‘Em On Down. Roll down those car windows and enjoy the ride!
Dreams – The Cranberries / Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet / So Far Away – Dire Straits / Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls /
Ride ‘Em On Down – The Rolling Stones / Mysterious Ways – U2 / Heroes – David Bowie / Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkle /
Waitin’ on A Sunny Day – Bruce Springsteen / Barcelona – Giulia y los Tellarini / That Look You Give That Guy – Eels /
The Last Day of Summer – The Cure / The girl from Ipanema – Frank Sinatra / Because the Night – Patti Smith /
99 Luftballons – Nena / Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison / Peter Sarstedt – Where Do You Go to (My Lovely)