As the final days of summer approach, I suppress memories of high temperatures and humidity. Instead, I focus on beach outings, garden-fresh tomato sandwiches, summer concerts, roadside farm stands, and outdoor movies. Suddenly, I want summer to stay a little longer. But, the Earth must continue rotating on its axis.
In an attempt to bid summer a proper farewell, I created an end of summer playlist. The playlist includes an eclectic mix of the songs my mind settles on when I think of summer. Music selections span from the late 50’s to the present day. It’s a great playlist for end of summer parties, or last-minute jaunts to the lake and beach.
The playlist, “Disappearing Daylight: Summer’s Last Hurrah,” includes the following songs:
“Beautiful Day” – U2
“September” – Earth, Wind, and Fire
“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
“Theme from “‘A Summer Place’” – Percy Faith & His Orchestra
“Soak Up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow
“Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
“Summer Breeze” – Seals and Croft
“Saturday in the Park” – Chicago
“The Boys of Summer”– Don Henley
“Cruel Summer” – Bananarama
“Moving in Stereo” – The Cars
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
“Sing” – Pentatonix
“Fever” – Peggy Lee
“Come Sail Away” – Styx
“Suddenly Last Summer” – The Motels
“Vacation” – The Go-Go’s
“Sailing” – Christopher Cross
“Summertime”– Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald
“Summer Wind”– Frank Sinatra
You can access the end of summer playlist, “Disappearing Daylight: Summer’s Last Hurrah,” by clicking the Spotify link, below.
Closing Comments and Well Wishes
My overall mission for this blog is to create a conduit for discovery. Discovery begins when we exchange ideas and information. Through discovery, we learn how to better protect ourselves and the world around us.
I believe that sound is one of our strongest senses. Sound, through music, can heal us; change our frame of mind; and subtly reshape our world views.
Since music is an overarching cultural component, our memories are often attached to specific songs and/or music genres. This fusion, of life memories and music, makes music a great tool for initiating memory recall. The idea of using music as a health tool is well understood by experts in the sub-field of music therapy. In a Harvard Health Publishing blog post, “Healing through Music,” Beverly Merz reveals many of the health benefits associated with music therapy. According to Merz, music therapists now help patients with dementia, cancer, stroke recovery, pain management, and relaxation.
In sum: music is powerful. Music does not need to be complex, or full of intellectualism, to comfort us. To the contrary, sometimes the simplest lyrical messages and musical sounds provide the greatest solace. Music can be a refuge for the weary body and soul. Billy Joel perfectly described the power of music when he said: “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
May this playlist simply remind you to STOP, and enjoy the music.
Play on, my friends.
Merz, Beverly. “Healing through Music.” Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School, 5 Nov. 2015, https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/healing-through-music-201511058556.