What songs mean summer to you?

What songs mean summer to you?

I've long associated music with seasons, and this end-of-winter business has me gravitating toward summery tunes.

I've been listening to some songs I can imagine floating in the air at my next cookout, whenever that might happen.

They include:

- Emmylou Harris' bluegrassy rendition of "How High the Moon," from her "Songbird" album (I can't find a link to a video on YouTube, but this version is great.)

- Sufjan Stevens' "Decatur"

- My favorite summer standby, Wilco's "Heavy Metal Drummer"

- The Shins' "Australia."

We had a planning meeting today for The Pulse magazine, a monthly pocket-sized entertainment magazine you might have seen at your favorite coffee shop, bar or gym. For an upcoming edition, we thought we'd include locals' thoughts on the best songs for your summer playlist. So I'm wondering, what songs mean summer to you? I'd love to see your picks.

Photo credit: N-G staffer Erin Lippitz took this photo at a party in my backyard last summer.

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dfritche wrote on March 03, 2010 at 2:03 pm

My buddy and I have a tradition, when we see the first sunny, summer-type Friday coming in the forecast, we take the day off and "celebrate" in the backyard all day long. The first song on the playlist is Summer Nights by Van Halen. It's officially Summer when we play that song.

Meg Dickinson wrote on March 03, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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Ooh, that's a good one. I love musical traditions like that. Thanks for sharing!

Jaqua wrote on March 03, 2010 at 7:03 pm

More Than A Feeling by Boston. Or really any Boston song.

Meg Dickinson wrote on March 04, 2010 at 10:03 am
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That's a good one, too!

dschultenover wrote on March 04, 2010 at 1:03 pm

When I hear the song "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna, I think of lying on the beach with the sun on my face! This reminds me of summer!

Meg Dickinson wrote on March 04, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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I've never heard this one - I'll have to check it out.

choco640 wrote on March 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Christopher Cross- Sailing