The sun is out, holidays are here and everyone’s in the mood for some laid back tunes! Whether you’re a music lover or an occasional listener there is just something special about summer that makes everyone want to listen to music, live or recorded.
Music sets the mood and changes the atmosphere entirely. In summer we listen to music that reflects the relaxed vibe that we are feeling. People have time to come out at night to listen to live performances in parks, in Zoo’s or in backyards.
If you’re by the sea, in the garden or cruising in the car here’s the perfect summer play-list to get you started.
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley: It wouldn’t be summer with out Bob Marley. There are so many tracks to choose from because this guy really knew a thing or two about good vibes. We’re going with ‘Could You Be Loved’, because the lyrics are so easy to remember and because it’s as smooth as the slippery slide in your best friends back yard.
Better Together – Jack Johnson: Jack Johnston will please you with sweet riffs and then top it all off with a nice set of lyrics every time. ‘Better Together’ is cute as a button and makes you think of all those people that you love spending the warm days with.
Fall at Your Feet – Crowded House: To satisfy the Australian classic category, we have to include Crowded House. ‘Fall At Your Feet’ will have you singing your lungs out in the car!
Rock It – Little Red: “Rock it till the break of day, Don’t stop rockin’ now no way”, lyrics from Little Red’s ‘Rock It’ chorus might give you an idea of what you’re in for! This little tune will put a skip in your step and give you the wind you need to hit a six in your twilight street cricket match.
1 2 3 4 – Feist: While you’re still up from that last tune, you can keep bopping to this one! You might remember 1234 from the 2007 Ipod commercial. Feist’s vocals are loud and proud and will have you counting away with her until the very end.
Let Me Be – Xavier Rudd: Summer is all about being free and having it your way for a while. ‘Let Me Be’ is a classic laid back song that will help you let go of any lingering tensions before the New Year comes in….. and it sports the harmonica for a little extra summer/country vibe.
Mango Tree – Angus and Julia Stone: Summer nostalgia is the heart beat of this song. ‘Mango Tree’ is a dreamy story about summers gone by and being “young and free in the sun”. The brother and sister duo’s voices tickle your skin and give you goose bumps as the sun goes down over the ocean.
Neopolitan Dreams – Lisa Mitchell: If you’ve got a fair drive a head of you this song will help you feel like you’re floating along the highway. The title might even inspire a stop off for some ice-cream.
Blood – The Middle East:You might remember this song from the recent Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell movie ‘Crazy Stupid Love’. There’s lots of great ooing and arring in this track, it’s upbeat and uplifting with its chorus of voices that come in towards the end!
1979 – Smashing Pumpkins: Last but not least, when you’re looking back at the end of your sweaty, sun burnt, good-times summer, this song will fit perfectly over a montage of memories.
So that should help you get started! But before you take off on your amazing summer, maybe throw in a Bob Marley ‘best of’ CD as well, just to be safe!
Benita’s early back ground in music and performance stretches from musicals, to choir, singing and instrumental training. She has been managing and playing with Melbourne bands for the last eight years. She is a singer song writer, developing her latest band Elliot Friend. She looks forward to a successful career in creative arts administration and music.
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