by Carmen Farrell


This is how I operate:  I LOVE music, but often fall hard for a couple of songs and play them to death for months at a time.  Then, something else catches my ear, and I abandon my previous love to be consumed by the new.  Well, a few months back my husband had to perform some CPR on my phone, in the form of wiping it clean and reinstalling the latest operating system.  All of my music was wiped off.  Since then, only 2 songs have been added back on and these are them:

LP’s Into The Wild and Edward Sharpe’s Home

These were my spring anthems.  And I guess I’ve played them to death because yesterday I was told off.  I was sitting with my 2 year old at the park eating pistachios when he asked me to play some music on my phone.  When he stomped his foot and groaned “Not doze ones again!”, I realized that maybe it’s time to scope out my summer anthems, and this time I’d better find more than just two songs.

Have you found your summer anthem yet?  Do share, as I think Theo can only take so much more.



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  1. Jill #
    June 13, 2012

    It’s going to sound lame as shit, but I really, really love Gavin DeGraw’s “Sweeter” . . . like put that shit on repeat.

    • June 13, 2012

      Ha! If it’s lame as shit, then I’m in the same boat. I love him, especially “Chariot”. Kind of makes me weak in the knees.

  2. June 13, 2012

    Work Drugs- License To Drive… Princeton- Grand Rapids (RAC mix)… Fun.- Some Nights… I’ve been stuck on these three recently! I go through the exact same cycle with my music.

  3. June 13, 2012

    Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti ft Lorenzo Jovanotti. It’s been my official summer anthem the past two years.

  4. Liz #
    June 13, 2012

    I’m a 16 year old girl but I grew up with the classics. Great songs to listen to over the summer are Mr. Blue Sky and Telephone Line by ELO, and Summertime by Janis Joplin. If you like Edward Sharpe you’ll also like the Decemberists (This Is Why We Fight), Fun. (All the Pretty Girls), and the Kooks (Matchbox).

    I am like the polar opposite of you. I fall in love with a song or artist, and I must immediately research every album they’ve made, who influenced them, and how they’ve evolved as musicians. Because of this, over the course of just 3 years I have filled 2 iPods with every music genre imaginable (jazz, indie, classical, gangsta rap, black metal, reggae, classic rock) and by doing this I can find an appropriate song for any mood or situation I’m in. Music is also a great way to preserve memories. For example, you could be listening to a song while smoking a cigarette in your room on a peaceful, warm afternoon in March and 3 months later, if you put on that song and take yourself back to that moment, you can almost taste the cigarette or hear the chirping birds. It’s pretty incredible.

  5. June 13, 2012

    Despite the fact that I’m a 16 year old girl, I still grew up with the classics. My summertime ballads are Mr. Blue Sky and Telephone Line by ELO, and Summertime by Janis Joplin.

    If you like Edward Sharpe you’ll also like the Kooks (Matchbox), Fun. (All the Pretty Girls), and the Decemberists (This Is Why We Fight). Great, laid-back songs.

  6. kate #
    June 13, 2012

    I’m not a music lover. I like some music, but music wouldn’t make my desert island list. My toddler on the other hand, is obsessed. So, as a compromise, we crank it in the car, and cool it in the house. She too has one love at a time that must be repeated “‘gain, ‘gain”, until I vomit or my ears bleed. We completely destroyed Pink’s “Yaise your gass” (‘gain, ‘gain). And now poor old Michael Jackson’s “Man meeyor” is on the chopping block (I can’t listen to that man hiccup in my car one more time). Fortunately, I think she’s moving on to Ben Harper – which will be a nice change for the next two weeks, until I can’t listen to that “your own two hands” tune anymore. Thankfully, she seems (to this point) immune to kid’s music (thank jayzuz).

  7. June 13, 2012

    Sail by Awolnation
    Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
    Run and Don’t Stop by The Rocket Summer (i’m in the music video too booyah!)

  8. allison mcd #
    June 13, 2012

    this might be mine:

    Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Carly Rae Jepsen. not my usual – pretty cheesy, poppy, and crap. but they’re using only school room instruments! and Jimmy Fallon is SO dreamy! i’ve reverted to being 16 years old, and i’m ok with that – for this summer only.

  9. allison mcd #
    June 13, 2012

    oh, i didn’t realize it would post such a huge big video in your comments … thought it’d just be a link. feel free to delete!

    • June 13, 2012

      Allison, I love it! You have no way of knowing this, but I have a mega crush on Jimmy Fallon. Like MEGA. He’s definitely on my “list”, wink wink.

  10. June 13, 2012

    Definitely stuff to dance around in your room to:

    Steal My Sunshine by Len
    Still sound by Toro y Moi
    Satellite by Guster

  11. Lee #
    June 15, 2012

    Thanks for all the great ideas! My summer road trip is well under way now. Here’s one of my favorite summer songs:

  12. June 15, 2012

    as soon as i heard this song (south carolina) i knew it was my summer song. i love the entire album. first heard them when they opened up for the opening band for the head and the heart. (3 bands for under $20 a ticket – and one of my favorite shows i’ve been too).

    not sure how this link will work. it’s song 3, you may have to click on the arrow next to the song to see the list. turn it up. then go get the album : )

  13. June 15, 2012

    I have no songs for you, but I’m just laughing because I can hear Theo’s voice.

  14. July 6, 2012

    Anything by Everclear or The Beach Boys (naturally) is great summer driving music. Turn it way up in the car and watch people start bobbing their heads.

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