When it's summertime and there's coastline nearby, what better way to spend some free time than at the beach? I love to laze around reading and sleeping and listening to good music, but you can also get in some swimming, running or yoga if you're so inclined. Pack some snacks and plenty of water, and let's hit the beach! (Don't forget to practice safe sun exposure - apply sunscreen regularly and follow the Slip Slop Slap Wrap guidelines.)
Jogging Gorgeous Summer - Islands
Sound and Vision - David Bowie
Cheerful Bowie songs are one of the best additions to summery playlists. He serenades with warbled lyrics, do-do-dos and musical sighing.
La Rumba no Canto Mas - Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra from the Tropico 4 soundtrack
Spicing it up with a Latin song straight from the Tropico 4 game soundtrack, La Rumba no Canto Mas always conjures up visions of fisherman's sheds by the sea and finding suitable land to plant bannana farms.
Summertime - Sex Bob-Omb from Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack
Banzai Washout - Dick Dale
I'd feel like I was leaving out something very important if I excluded Dick Dale's instrumental Banzai Washout. I can feel the frothy surf swirl around my toes just listening to it.
Peaches - Presidents of the United States of America
Though not typically a beach song, 'Peaches' instantly summons feelings of summer for me. Picture biting into a ripe sun-soaked peach in the shade of a tree as you look out across the sea. Damn right.
Sun is Shining - Bob Marley
When "the weather is sweet", you've got to listen to this chill Marley song. I particularly like the lovely lyric "when the morning gathers the rainbow, want you to know I'm a rainbow too".
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Summertime - the Zombies
Covered from an Ella Fitzgerald song, this slow paced number is a great way to end the playlist so that you can be lulled into a lovely beach nap. These are my favourite kind of nap, and I endeavour to embark on one during every trip to the beach. (If you want an even slower paced song, opt for the original, but I find it a bit too slow for my tastes.)
And let's throw in a number eleven:
Every Day Should be a Holiday - Dandy Warhols
Even if you only have the weekend, this song can have you believing for just a few minutes that you're on vacation. There's no YouTube link to share as they're cracking down, but you can listen to a snippet on iTunes. You'll just have to google it.
Now go forth and beach thyself upon the sand or rocks or grass or whatever your particular beach is made of, go forth!