I grew up in an American city that sat on the shore of Lake Michigan, America’s largest freshwater lake.
As kids every summer we would get on our bikes or take the bus and head down to the sandy beach called the North Beach. It was connected to another beach that sat just outside the city zoo. We would spend hours in the sun, walking the beach, eating sandwiches and soda.
As we grew up we would cruise down in our parents cars and suck up the sun and suds (beer in Wisconsin is a staple).
During that time we always had music playing. It went from a small “transistor” radio to a boom-box with cassettes. Over time it created a soundtrack for the summer. Some times the laid back sounds of soul music (loved the Motown sound and the Philly sound), sometimes it was just pop rock and other times the latest in jazz.
One thing for sure even now, the music paints a very clear picture in my mind of those times gone by. I can see it in my mind’s eye with clarity with the accompanying smells of the grill and the scent of coconut oil suntan lotion. There are so many songs that dial-up those images.
Whether on a beach in Florida, a local hot bar or hotspot in your town or your own back yard…
Whether it is the Beach Boys, the Temptations, Chicago or Santana…
Whether it was sounds of a Pitbull club mix or Daft Punk jam- you get your inspiration somewhere….
“What artists are in your personal summer soundtrack?”