This weekend marked the start of La Temporada – The Season. I saw so many families headed for their summer homes. Mom driving the car overflowing with kids, the dog, beach toys, hammocks and the meal everyone will tuck into once they get all the stuff into the house. Dad’s leading the rented truck full of fans, beds, a fridge, TV and DVD… Some of the beach town residents get snarky with the summer people, but hey – everyone owns the beach, right?
In colder climes too; after all those dreary months the lure of the ocean or lake is a siren’s song. And speaking of songs… Don’t we all have our favorite beach music?
This evening, I got thinking about those great songs and I decided to list my favorite ten. It was not an easy task… but here they are (by no means in order of most favorite to least)
In the Summer Time – Mungo Jerry (Who can feel unhappy after hearing this one)
School’s Out – Alice Cooper (My brothers played this so much, it grew on me)
Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys (A few years ago I visited the southern California beaches and watched the surfers… no wonder so many songs were written about those guys)
Wipeout – The Safaris (Such a great song)
California Girls – The Beach Boys (Didn’t all 60s girls want to look like one of these mythic blondes?)
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett (There’s no better México beach song)
Saturday in the Park – Chicago (Epic!)
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh! Your Daddy’s rich and your Ma is good lookin’
So, hush little baby, don’t you cry . . .
Do you have a favorite or two to add to the list?