This post was written as part of Twisted Mixtape Tuesday, Feel free to come on over to and see what other people have written on the subject of summer vacation songs at Twister Mix-Tape Tuesday at JenKehl.com
When you think of summer vacation, you probably recall my little ranty “I never get to do anything on MY summer vacation like all the rich folks get to do every year” whiny post for Theme Thursday a few weeks back.
HOWEVER, if you put in that it is MUSIC associated with summer vacay that changes everything. I start thinking about my summers in Maine-cool foggy weather, walking along the rocky beaches. Also I think about my summers in Florida-that beautiful blue ocean is forever burned into my memory banks.
What occupies my mind for the most part, however, is the three summers I spent working at a waterpark as first the chick who took your pass and gave you the wristband, then the kitchen manager, and later on as a very unlikely candidate for a lifeguard (I am the whitest, freckliest chica on the planet).
So I present to you my playlist that is a mish-mosh of songs from summers past. I have no cool visuals or videos to play, because I suck at finding the actual videos to go with the songs. Sadly, I am not a Twisted Mixtape Tuesday Mix Master like Jen.
The Boys of Summer-The Ataris
No offense to Don Henley, but I just love this version of his 1984 hit. More electric Geetars or something. This song always come to mind immediately when I think of summer.
Summer Nights-John Travolta/Olivia Newton John
Oh COME ON-who doesn’t think of this song when it comes to summer?
Ah, the waterpark days. This song was immensely popular because it was a hit at that time and because it had the word Cannonball in it. Duh. Anytime I hear this song I am immediately taken to that place-chlorine and fried food. Good times, good times.
In the Summertime-Mungo Jerry
We saw this song on some show, and it had the most stoned piano player we had ever seen in our life. We couldn’t remember what group sang it, so naturally we had to ask my mother in law. She could remember the record and what color it was even on. Maybe this one is cheating, but since then I DO associate this song with summer, for whatever reason.
This makes me think of the summers in high school and college in Southeast Iowa spent at the local, county, and state fairs. Lots of line dancing and guys wearing cowboy hats and boots.
This was presented to me as an 11th hour challenge by Jen Kehl, the creator and sith lord of the mixtape genre. I started out writing my list as a comment, but it became very obvious that I was going to have to do more in my weakened state. Damn you Jen Kehl! 😉