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Growing up in a beach town left me with a lot of good and bad traits. I have an appreciation for the outdoors (good), a keen awareness of the difference between marsh and saltwater smells (in between?), an unabashed love of flip flops (bad in the winter) and I will forever think of grimy boys with surfboards when I see the word “grommet” used in design (embarrassing). That and the fact that I’ve never, ever stop using the word “dude” on a daily basis pretty much make me a beach girl through and through. So, inspired by my background and this weekend’s amazingly warm weather, I decided to devote this morning’s music mix to beach songs! These songs make me instantly think of summers driving through Virginia Beach with the windows down, trying not to melt before I got a Slurpee at 7-Eleven. They remind me of the smell of suntan lotion, sand sticking to my arms, seagulls crying and the lava-hot cars that you have to air out before using after a day at the beach. Whether you grew up in a beach town or just love to take a mental escape somewhere sunny and sandy, I hope this will be a fun reminder that summer is coming and hopefully we can all be in flip flops soon.
I hope you’ll share your favorite songs, too. Today is miserable and grey again in Brooklyn so I could sure use some help keeping the beachy mood going and finding some new songs (or artists) that can bright the day. xo, grace
The Beach Boys “Wouldn’t it be Nice”- Few things remind me of growing up at the beach like The Beach Boys. My best friend when I was little basically only owned Beach Boys albums (I think there was a Michael Jackson album in there, too) so we listened to them on repeat, 24/7. I’ll always think of summers in VB when I hear this.
The Sandals “Theme from Endless Summer”- Like every girl growing up in a beach town, I dreamed of dating the cutest surfer boys. I watched them surf at 1st street and wished my dark hair would magically turn blond over night, because that seemed like the only way to get their attention. Eventually I turned my sights from local surfers to famous surfers I had no hope of dating. I nursed a major crush on Pat O’Connell from Endless Summer II and watched this movie about two hundred times. This theme song is permanently etched in my mind as the soundtrack to all things surfers and waves.
Sublime “What I Got”- There was a good two months growing up where this was the only album playing in my car. Everyone in my high school was obsessed and so was I. Beachy, chill and sort of inappropriate (I don’t think anyone’s parents loved when Bradley started listing drugs he’d done in “Scarlet Begonias”), Sublime was the perfect way to chill out on a long hot summer day.
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Dick Dale and the Del-Tones “Miserlou”- This song was a classic long before Pulp Fiction and The Black Eyed Peas got their hands on it (why do the BEP ruin everything they touch?). My same friend who only owned Beach Boys albums had a Dad with a major appreciation for Surf Rock, so this song was a hit around their house. We would shimmy around in her playroom listening to this and try to hula-hoop for the entire duration of the song.
*In other Surf Rock awesomeness- why don’t bands dance in unison like this anymore? This is seriously adorable.
The Ramones “California Sun”- This song makes me long for beach parties and jumping around while the smell of a cookout builds in the background.