Playlist: Summer Breezes

by Stephanie Holstein ’18

It’s almost here, guys. Summer breezes are slowly but surely creeping their way across the globe to grace us with all the warmth and sunshine we deserve after a long, dreary winter and an unpredictable spring. While I am tempted to *exclusively* choose songs with the word “summer” in the title, I’ve decided to be a little original and just choose some songs that have that summer feeeeling.

1. “Summer Breeze” – Seals and Croft

Okay, so I lied. But you cannot deny yourself the pleasure of swaying to this song at least once in the next three months. So go ahead —enjoy that sweet, sweet guitar riff that sets off these three minutes of absolute paradise.

2. “Champagne Coast” – Blood Orange

This is a nice track to play on a summer night. After I heard it for the first time last summer, this song became the soundtrack to many nights when my friends and I would sit around someone’s screened porch, breathing in that humid Ohio air, talking about the future.

3. “Tangerine” – Led Zeppelin

While #9 of this playlist contains my most favorite guitar of all time, “Tangerine” is a close second. Robert Plant’s voice in this one is smooth and soulful, and the guitar not only accentuates this, but adds some kind of extra dimension of feeling that I did not know was possible to communicate through music before this track.

4.”Let’s Go Surfing” – The Drums

While I have never lived near a beach, The Drums have bottled up the sand, surf, and sun into this quick little song and I can almost feel myself shredding those glassy, blue waves.

5. “In A Little While” – U2

Say what you will about U2 now, but in the early 2000s, Bono and the boys were tight. While the entire album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, is pure bliss, this song is so dreamy that it is perfect to nod along to on a hazy summer day.

6. “Top of the Hill” – Conduits

Once this song gets going, you’ll never want it to end. The interruptions from the guitar are unbelievably electric, and while you can never quite make out what Jenna Morrison is singing about, the rhythmic ups and downs almost tell you all that you need to know.

7. “St. Stephen” – The Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead is very special to my sister Katie and me, and I owe this discovery to her, as she put it on a summer mix CD for me just before we parted ways for school last year. While Jerry Garcia’s lyrical musings are always top notch, his rolling words from 2:30 to 3:37 will wash over you like the perfect wave.

8. “Max Can’t Surf” – FIDLAR

Summer isn’t summer without a little angst, which we can still associate with since I like to think of us as “young adults” (and therefore it’s still okay to stick it to the man). What better way to exercise this general frustration with adult society than bang your head around to a group of twenty-somethings from California who are best described as “skate punk”?

9. “Free Bird” – Lynryd Skynryd 

I don’t care who are, or where you came from, but it is an undisputed fact that this song contains the most face-melting guitar solo of ALL TIME. While I usually prefer a studio recording to get that crystal clear sound, this show looks so wild and fun, I had to choose their 1977 performance in Oakland Coliseum Stadium. Plus it’s cool to see all of their fans LOSE it as Allen Collins begins to lay down the said face-melting guitar solo.


Honorable Mentions:

“Go Easy” – Mac Demarco

“Tell All The People” – The Doors

“Bridges and Balloons” – Joanna Newsom

“Unknown Legend” – Neil Young

Happy listening/studying/summer! 🙂

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