A Season in Hell – A Summer Playlist

By now, it’s universally agreed that 2020 was a leaking bag of crap. It would be tacky to go on a rant about it now. What I will do is declare that 2021 will not suck by any such metric. This year I am dedicated to getting my much more slender ass to the beaches of North Carolina. I’m going to get sunburnt, I am going to get water in my ears, and I am going to fall in love with the sound of the water hitting the sand again.

As a storyteller, I am all about setting a mood, good or bad. One of the easiest ways to pull at the heartstrings during a yarn is to use sounds or music. Being that I am so dedicated to such an emotional summer, I found it only fitting to put together a playlist I can listen to on the beach, while I’m just hanging out, or sitting pensively in my writing room, cranking out my latest opus.

I wanted to share this playlist with you, loyal reader, because I always hope the same for you that I wish for myself. Nothing would make me happier than to hear about you sitting outside, a copy of “A Law of Constants” in your hands, just living the best life. For this week’s blog, I am sharing my playlist with you, in hopes we manifest that summer we deserve!

In order of appearance:

  1. “Hush” – Deep Purple
  2. “Wherever You Go” – Sublime with Rome
  3. “Come Original” – 311
  4. “Two of the Lucky Ones” – the Droge & Summers Band
  5. “Jane Says” – Jane’s Addiction
  6. “D’yer Mak’r” – Led Zeppelin
  7. “Blister in the Sun” – the Violet Femmes
  8. “Train in Vain” – the Clash
  9. “The Distance” – Cake
  10. “Circles” – Soul Coughing
  11. “Hey Sandy” – Polaris
  12. “Circle in the Sand” – Belinda Carlisle
  13. “Roll to Me” – Del Amitri
  14. “Left of the Dial” – the Replacements
  15. “Filthy Luck” – Beach Slang
  16. “Radiation Vibe” – Fountains of Wayne
  17. “Zephyr Song” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  18. “Boyz-n-the Hood” – Dynamite Hack
  19. “Beer” – Reel Big Fish
  20. “A Praise Chorus” – Jimmy Eat World
  21. “Ocean Man” – Ween
  22. “C’Mon C’Mon” – the Von Bondies
  23. “Bandages” – Hot Hot Heat
  24. “Dreaming of You” – the Coral
  25. “Diamonds and Guns” – the Transplants
  26. “Tonight, Tonight” – Smashing Pumpkins
  27. “Alive with the Glory of Love” – Say Anything
  28. “A Favor House Atlantic” – Coheed and Cambria
  29. “Crazy” – Gnarls Barkley
  30. “Sunday Morning” – No Doubt

You can listen to the playlist, in its entirety here: https://spoti.fi/3m16TAX

These decisions are never made easily. I wanted to start the playlist off with something that embodied the vibe I was going for. “Hush,” with its electric organ and “na na na na’s” nailed it. There were some cheap grabs, like “D’Yer Mak’r,” going for the obvious sun and sand sound, but others had their moments of meaning. I included “Wherever You Go,” instead of a more popular Sublime song, because of its vibe and meaning. Songs like “Two of the Lucky Ones” were for the slow moments. “Circle in the Sand” is really off-kilter from my usual tastes, but f*** that, it’s my list.

Here’s to one bitchin’ summer and your next trip across the Millerverse!

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