Look out Beach: Here I Come with my Tunes

musings 250_edited-1As I muse this week, I must admit, the body is here – but the mind is elsewhere. Actually my mind is about 500 miles south of Nashville on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I am making the annual beach pilgrimage on Saturday and I honestly think my brain is already checked out. Of course, some would argue that occurs weekly, not just before vacation.

While making my list out for vacation, I made sure to include the iPod on the list. Nothing like sitting on the beach and listening to my favorite beach tunes. Which got me to thinking (er… musing) – what are my favorite summer tunes? Most people have songs which remind them of summer. It could be associated with a particular location, person (“Summer lovin’, had me a blast”), or a party to end all parties. Below are some of my favorites:

  • Ocean sunsets and good tunes go hand in hand.

    Ocean sunsets and good tunes go hand in hand.

    Anything by Jimmy Buffett – Being a beach bum at heart, it is a requirement that I love Mr. Buffett. As a matter of fact – he even has a separate playlist on the iPod for the beach. If I had to choose one? It has to be “When the Coast is Clear”. This song basically sums up my feelings for the beach – no tourists – just me and the beach and some head-clearing thinking.

  • “Thunder Island” – Jay Ferguson. This is a throwback to high school and boating on the lake. While Kentucky Lake around the hometown didn’t have a “thunder island”, there was a “sandy isle” where people would park their boats.
  • Anything new – in my teens, it always seemed that you would hear songs in Florida before you would hear them in your hometown. I don’t think the promoters had a separate release schedule for coastal regions, but it sure seemed like they did.
  • “Van Halen II” – memories of walking around with a boom box playing this 8-track in a campground in Destin, FL.
  • “Sailing” by Christopher Cross (original Kriss Kross) – beginning strings immediately take me to a wind-swept beach.
  • “Second Wind” by Darryl Worley – like “When the Coast is Clear”, this song is about getting away and reviving yourself.
  • “Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band – it combines sand, toes, and surf – plus it has Jimmy Buffett!
  • “Greatest American Hero” theme song by Joey Scarbury – don’t hate, I have a reason. I was young and stupid. (This comment is proof that my blogs are definitely not censored and are a stream of consciousness).
  • “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley -the mother-ship of all summer songs. One poll actually voted this the all-time ultimate favorite summer song.  I remember driving by the beach with the windows down, this tune blasting, and the wind blowing through my then-present hair. While I didn’t look like Don, in my mind I was as cool as he was.

Regardless of why a song starts the trip down memory lane, they are all important to our summer memories. So, load up those songs of summer and remember “point away from people or pets”
as you make things go “BOOM!” this Fourth of July.

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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