Sweet Summer

Saturday, July 09, 2011

At home tonight. It poured for a couple of hours and afterwards, the humidity finally lifted and revealed a perfect early summer's night.

It's really nice and cool out now for the first time in weeks and I'm lying on my bed listening to a playlist I created years ago expressly for nights like this. The intention was to create a playlist for city driving, sort of a sleek nightlife sound without going outside the boundaries on my iPod (which is decidedly pop and anything on the fringe of pop). I think "No Work, All Play" by Hilary Duff, Feist, Phoenix, Pet Shop Boys, Zero 7 are the best examples of the sound I'm trying to describe. In any case, I've added to the playlist over the years and it's kind of grown to have a mind of its own ... it's got some of that sexy, clubby sound to it but a lot of happy, summery songs too ("Steal My Sunshine" by Len, "Anticipating" by Britney Spears) and more sweetly somber songs ("Never Be Ready" by Mat Kearney). I was pretty heavy-handed with teen pop and British Commonwealth imports, too, it seems ...

I wish I could live swathed in this playlist and this night forever, but alas, tomorrow will come.

Summer Drive playlist after the cut

No Work, All Play - Hilary Duff
Lost Without You - Delta Goodrem
Heartbreaker - Mariah Carey
Click Click Click - New Kids On The Block
One Evening - Feist

If I Ever Feel Better - Phoenix
Roll With It - Backstreet Boys
Summer Skin - Death Cab For Cutie
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
Intuition - Jewel
Her In These Lights - Hello Stranger

Time Of The Season - Blake Lewis
Jane Fonda - Mickey Avalon
Last Night - P. Diddy ft. Keyshia Cole
Summer Girls - LFO
Summertime - Sublime
Invisible - Ashlee Simpson
Positivity - Ashley Tisdale
The Boys of Summer - The Ataris
Don't Disturb This Groove - Backstreet Boys

Catch My Disease - Ben Lee
Thinking About Tomorrow - Beth Orton
True Affection - The Blow
Anticipating - Britney Spears
Summer Sunshine - The Corrs
Fill Me In - Craig David
Ride For You - Danity Kane
What I Am - Emma Bunton
Gangsta Lovin' - Eve ft. Alicia Keys

Come To Me - Jesse McCartney
It's Good To Be In Love - Frou Frou
Androgyny - Garbage
The Getaway - Hilary Duff
Cherry Lips - Garbage
Geek In The Pink - Jason Mraz
Mass Pike - The Get Up Kids
I Just Wanna Live - Good Charlotte
Something's Missing - John Mayer
Payback - Gwen Stefani
Wake Up - Hilary Duff
Down Boy - Holly Valance

Sleep All Day - Jason Mraz
Stand In Your Way - Jennifer Love Hewitt
Rumors - Lindsay Lohan
There's More To Me Than You - Jessica Andrews
Standing Still - Jewel
Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
Everywhere I Go - Katharine McPhee
We Can Go Anywhere - Jesse McCartney
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Fever - Kylie Minogue

Keep Your Hands Off My Girl - Good Charlotte
Steal My Sunshine - Len
You, San Francisco & Me - Jessica Harp
Lady - Lenny Kravitz
Edge Of Seventeen - Lindsay Lohan
She's No You - Jesse McCartney
Ladyfingers - Luscious Jackson
Underneath The Stars - Mariah Carey
Hot - No Secrets
Starry Eyed Surprise - Paul Oakenfold

She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd
Lonely No More - Rob Thomas
Crash and Burn - Savage Garden
Shy That Way - Tristan Prettyman ft. Jason Mraz
Jump - Van Halen
Lose Your Love - Vanessa Hudgens
In The Waiting Line - Zero 7

Summertime - Will Smith
I Wanna Be Bad - Willa Ford
Alright - Supergrass
Into The Dark - Ben Lee
Your Love Is Mine - Corinne Bailey Rae
Her Morning Elegance - Oren Lavie
Promise - Vanessa Hudgens
Front Row - Toby Lightman

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
I'm Feeling You - Santana ft. Michelle Branch
Holler - Spice Girls
Fabulous - High School Musical 2 soundtrack
All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
Dancing Alone - Ashlee Simpson
(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away - Jennifer Love Hewitt
More Than Love - Los Lonely Boys
I'm Gonna Blow Your Mind - Carly Hennessy
Burnin' Up - Jonas Brothers
Do It - Nelly Furtado

Single - New Kids On The Block ft. Ne-Yo
Everything My Heart Desires - Mandy Moore
Say - Ryan Cabrera
Don't Walk Away - Nick Carter
Just Feel Better - Santana ft. Steven Tyler
You Want This - Janet Jackson
A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson
Don't Cha - Pussycat Dolls
Under The Blacklight - Rilo Kiley

Free Fallin' - John Mayer
Good Vibrations - Gym Class Heroes
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Diggin' On You - Joss Stone
Saturday Night Divas - Spice Girls
Don't Lie - Black Eyed Peas
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
If It's Lovin' That You Want - Rihanna
Call The Shots - Girls Aloud
Stay Beautiful - Taylor Swift
Say Goodbye - Ashlee Simpson
This Time Around - Hanson
Love Love Love - Tristan Prettyman

Treat Me Right - Backstreet Boys
The Moneymaker - Rilo Kiley
For You I Will (Confidence) - Teddy Geiger
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
You Got The Flavor - New Kids On The Block
Here In Your Arms - Hellogoodbye
Say - John Mayer
Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
Here You Come Again - Carly Smithson
Forever - Chris Brown
Long Way - Antje Duvekot
Everything's Right - Matt Wertz
Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
Girls - New Kids On The Block

California Song - Brooke White
Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat
Eenie Meenie - Justin Bieber ft. Sean Kingston
She's Not You - David Archuleta
Rich Girl - Justin Bieber ft. Soulja Boy
Feelin' Alive - Jonas Brothers
Sexify My Love - New Kids On The Block
Invisible - Jonas Brothers
Perfect Day - Lady Antebellum
Never Be Ready - Mat Kearney
Put It On My Tab - New Kids On The Block
Baby, I Believe In You - New Kids On The Block
One More Night - Jordan Knight
Stingy - Jordan Knight

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