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Sing your way to summer

‘Twas noontide of summer, And mid-time of night...’ We don’t know what Edgar Allan Poe was into when he wrote those lines but we could have just done a better job looking back on summers lone gone.



Nothing gets one in the mood for summer quite like a good tune.
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Sure, the heat is an apt reminder of the season, but for rekindling those summer memories? You just need that one song.

Personally, we consider Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” a biggie as it always take us back to the summer of 2008, the time we learned that dreams, however impossible, could actually come true and just like that even for the briefest of moments.

These lines still kill us, actually:

“Well you done done me and you bet I felt it, I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted, I fell right through the cracks, Now I’m trying to get back…

“Before the cool done run out I’ll be giving it my bestest, and nothing’s going to stop me but divine intervention, I reckon it’s again my turn, to win some or learn some…”

Not that it’s always about the lyrics.

The riff that opens Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” unfailingly brings us back to a desolate beach somewhere, getting drunk for the first time, and it’s 1984 all over again.

To each his own, of course.

Here, we list some songs that might somehow help ignite dying embers of summer memories long buried in the deep recesses of your heart:

“Summer Girls” – LFO

We never really didn’t give much of a hoot when this song came out in 1999, lumping LFO among boy bands we love to hate.

It was only some years later that we realized it has come to occupy a space in our heart.

Watching a video of the song on YouTube brought us lots of memories both good and bad.

We were surprised to learn the guy who wrote the song, Rich Cronin, passed away in 2010 suffering a stroke secondary to leukemia.
Indeed, after summer, comes autumn and winter. Sniff.

“Hot In The City” – Billy Idol

Back in our youth, we always thought Billy Idol the epitome of cool.

We have outgrown the notion since but we admit some of the guy’s songs remain a constant on our playlist, including this one.

We’re not talking about the original he released back in ’82 but rather the re-hash of ’87.

Young, ready but nowhere to go, “Hot In The City” became an anthem for those us who had to remain ensconced in our room that summer, no thanks to overly strict parents.

“It’s hot here at night, lonely, black and quiet, on a hot summer night… Don’t be afraid of the world we made, on a hot summer night…”

“Cold Summer Nights” – Francis Magalona

Released in 1990 as part of the Master Rapper’s “Yo!” album, this song made us buy a turntable at Raon in Quiapo eager to start a career as DJ.

It may be a simple tune but Francis spoke for a generation of young men who toyed with love going on to break their own hearts in the process, when he sung:

“I keep on blaming myself, I should have eaten my pride… How can I convince you, it’s just a matter of time… Many times I’ve hurt you, with my foolish ways oh girl… Now I know I have to pay the price…”

“Waiting In Vain” – Bob Marley

No one does summer tunes like Bob Marley. Every time you hear any of his songs, you want to drive to the nearest beach or light a banana or something. Either way, his songs always makes you want to just relax, ease out and hang loose.

We first heard this tune waking up from a stupor in a resort somewhere in Laguna in the summer of ’92. We thought nothing could top that feeling until we saw a young, hot Karel Marquez perform a cover of it live one drunken moonlit night in Boracay.

“Cause summer is here, I’m still waiting there… Winter is here, and I’m still waiting there…”

“Rock Lobster” – B-52’s

From the first few twangy notes off the late, great Ricky Wilson’s guitar, to the call and answer singing style of front-liners Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, “Rock Lobster” is one fun tune that will surely light up any boring seaside party.

But it will always remind us of the beach dance contest we won as a precocious kid in 1980. We cringe now but we remember having such a great time then. Ah, innocence – where have you gone?

We surely gave our all for that one. Dancing like our life depended on it, we followed each nonsensical line, imagining how every marine life mentioned would look and act – all for the grand prize: one whole fried chicken. Of course, we won.

“Here comes a stingray
There goes a manta-ray
In walked a jelly fish
There goes a dog-fish
Chased by a cat-fish
In flew a sea robin
Watch out for that piranha
There goes a narwhal
Here comes a bikini whale…”
And you? What summer song tells your story?

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