For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere: Happy First Day of Summer! I always thought labeling the equinox as the first day of summer was a little silly; I come from a place where summer lives and dies by the Memorial Day to Labor Day calendar, where scalding temperatures roll in sometime at the end of April and refuse to leave until mid-September. Either way, there’s something nice about the official kick off of the season.
Also, it’s wonderful outside.
I thought about doing a traditional summer party celebratory type mixtape this week, but my brain kept going back to all the music I used to listen to on my ipod when we went out on the fishing boats, when my friends and I would just hang out in the sand after school, and on twilight bike rides home from work. So this week’s sound? All about relaxing, from grilling dinner on the porch to listening to the tide roll in. These are the songs that remind me most of home, and I hope they’ll remind you of an afternoon by the ocean too.
Check out the tracklist here, then scroll down to listen to the whole thing on Spotify!
1. “Inaudible Melodies” – Jack Johnson (iTunes)
2. “In The Deep Shade” – The Frames (iTunes)
3. “Salty and Sweet” – John Smith (iTunes)
4. “Carry This Picture” – Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
5. “On My Mind” – Oktoba (iTunes)
6. “Venn Diagram” – Lisa Hannigan (iTunes)
7. “Standing Still” – Reuben And The Dark (iTunes)
8. “South” – Sleeping At Last (iTunes)
9. “Daylight” – Mandolin Orange (iTunes)
10. “If It’s The Beaches” – The Avett Brothers (iTunes)
Some of the highlights from this playlist: You’ll notice a lot of my favorite bands making an appearance, especially frequently mentioned John Smith, Lisa Hannigan, and The Frames… which might help to explain why I enjoy their music so much. Mandolin Orange and The Avett Brothers are also both from North Carolina, though one of them is significantly more well known than the other you can’t very well make a coastal playlist without them.
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