Songs For Summer {Mixtape Monday}

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The sun and the humid heat are a constant in the Midwestern prairies these days, and though I love the freedom of long days to read, summer vacations and pool parties, summer usually isn’t my favorite season.  I have long had troubles with heat – in college, I had to resign early from my counseling job because I got one too many heat exhaustion attacks.  My husband calls me ‘the human heater’.  I wear short sleeves in the dead of winter.

Still, there is so much beauty to behold in the summer.  Trips to the beach with sand between your toes, the smell of coconut sunscreen and the ocean mingling together.   Eating an ice cream cone quickly before the heat turns it to liquid dribbles.    Last week, thunderstorms moved through our skies, and the scent of summer rain was intoxicating.

After a very hard start to our summer, I can finally see the forest through the trees.  I’m excited to lay under a beach umbrella with a book, and relax in the evening with my husband.  While school may be peeking around the corner next month for the kiddos, I’m going to revel in the remaining days of my personal summer.

I hope you love these songs as much as I do.  They feel fancy free, light, breezy and some even sizzle.  Others shimmer, and one makes me remember the summers of youth – when the Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire rhapsodized about carefree fun-filled days.

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Songs of Summer: A Playlist

  1. Summer Breeze – Jason Mraz
  2. Miss Chatelaine – K.D. Lang
  3. Summer – Indie Arie
  4. Summertime – Janis Joplin
  5. Summertime – Will Smith
  6. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  7. Walkin’ On The Sun – Smashmouth
  8. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
  9. Summer Soft – Stevie Wonder
  10. Summer Sun – Matt Wertz
  11. Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
  12. Summer Dress – Shawn Colvin
  13. Summer Rain – U2
  14. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow

 What are some of your favorite summer tunes?

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