In this bloghop, summer songs are the topic du jour, and when I think of summer music I think back to a couple of different times in my life.
Growing up in Tennessee, summers were all about riding horses in the mornings and swimming in the pool in the afternoons. I remember my mother and I driving to the barn where we kept our horse, and on the way we'd listen to the soundtrack from Urban Cowboy. Remember that one?
There are a ton of songs off of that soundtrack that remind me of summer, but this is the one I remember belting out at the top of my lungs as we drove to the barn.
Then we moved from Kingsport to the Washington, D.C area the summer I was twelve years old. This was a terrible time for me. I didn't want to leave my hometown, and once we'd moved into our new house, I'd sit in the basement listening to music on the radio. One of the songs that stands out in my memory is "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama.
And of course, who could ever forget this classic piece from 1984?
"Boys of Summer" remains one of my favorite songs of all time.
As I progressed into high school, my musical (and fashion) tastes moved in a slightly different direction. I started wearing a lot of leather, ripped-up jeans, and rock band T-shirts. The summer of 1987 is marked in my memory by this band in general, but this song in particular.
Finally, I'll wrap up this walk down memory lane with the only song to which I danced at my senior prom (my date refused to get up from the table or his ashtray long enough to humor me with more than one dance). This, too, remains one of my absolute favorite songs of all time. My eyes grow misty with youthful nostalgia every time I hear it. (I also like to think of it in conjunction with the wonderful movie Say Anything, so I'm using that youtube video).
So there you have it! Those are my five most memorable summer tunes.
What are some of your summer favorites?