It has been brought to my attention that USians and other people accessing the internet from certain places that are foreign cannot use Spotify. Those people who don't wish to use certain ways to join the party, are free to ignore this post, and all future Spotify posts from me.
For everyone else, I present the first of what I hope to be a series of Sunday Spotify playlists, and suitably for the day, today's theme is Songs For the Summer. I love summer; I love it hard. I love being too hot, I love needed to drink a lot, and I love it when it's so sunny I sneeze. Everything looks better in sunlight, and days are better when they're long. Also, there can be picnics and zoo trips and ice cream and Piims :D
The playlist contains more than the songs I've included in this post, and as it's collaborative, people are free to add their own. I'd be interested in hearing what you add and what it means to you.
School's Out - Alice Cooper it doesn't matter that I've not been in the sort of education that has a summer holiday for six years. There's always going to be a certain rush that marks the transition from 'term time' to 'holidays', probably because it marks a difference in my job, and summer should be stress-free.
Three Lions - The Lightning Seeds. No, I'm not a sports fan. But summer is about getting hopeful about a sports event, drinking to that hope, then having the hope dashed. Olympics, Wimbledon, Football championships, summer means sports.
It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. This formed the soundtrack of summer 2004, spent on a Falcarius dig in Utah. Summer should be about sitting in the sun hanging out and drinking Pimms, or at the very least, digging in the sun until Pimms o'clock, but more often than not, it's about sitting in a smouldering office trying to find an excuse to go drinking in the park
Too Darn Hot - Ella Fitzgerald. OK, what I actually wanted was Too Bloody Hot by Mitch Benn, but unsurprisingly his Now Show songs aren't on Spotify (yet). But you know when it's far too hot to do anything except complain about how hot it is? I love that feeling.
Summer in the City - Joe Cocker. This is the soundtrack to summer 1998; the first time I worked in the Natural History Museum, commuting like a proper scientist, having lunch on the East lawn, soaking up the fetid stew that is a hot London and knowing I wanted to come back.
Stay (Wasting Time) - Dave Matthews. Sadly, Spotify only has a live version of this song, but it's still lovely. Bing sent me this song back in the early days of our relationship, and it's an ideal for me; hanging out with the woman you love, messing about in the sunshine and doing nothing but enjoying the moment.
All Summer Long - Kid Rock. With an arrangement that's a mashup of two of my favourite songs: Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama, this song become one of my very favourites the same day that Gareth sent it to me.
Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams yes. yes, it should be established by now that I like to fill my summers with soft rock songs about romance in the heat of the season. And nostalgia for the days when summer meant nothing to do.
What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone. It's very probably just the sunshine hitting me with SAD, but summer makes me happy, and a world bathed in sunshine is a beautiful one.
Wake Up Boo - The Boo Radleys. Every summer comes to an end, unfortunately. The trick is, I guess, to try and grab that sunshine and make it last throughout the year. For me, this song is about finding beauty in the world when maybe the sun's not quite so shiny.
Would anyone be interested in a small-at-first LJ/DW community for sharing Spotify playlists? We've been having fun with them on twitter, and the true communicative function is best if there are ways of sharing links.