June 10

Island Tunes

Ok, y’all, I’ve been on vacation for a solid week. Out of cell and wi-fi range (it was spotty at best) in the islands. Specifically, the Abacos.

And it was awesome.

Here’s a visual:

Yup, it was as gorgeous as it looks.:) It was our first family getaway in years (since the birth of boy #4), and it was all we could have asked for–and then some.

As we chilled out on the boat or on the dock, we played tunes. Our main choice? Jack Johnson. We’ve seen him in concert, and he’s AMAZING live. And we listen to him all the time around our house.  His music was a perfect island fit.

Which got me thinking…what are the tunes that perfectly capture that summer vibe?

Classic summer island tunes call for Jimmy Buffett–like Cheeseburger in Paradise, Margaritaville, or Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.

More recent tracks (by an artist with country roots but channeling Buffet’s laid-back vibe) are Summertime and No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem by Kenny Chesney. (Kenny rocks in concert too, btw. I’ve seen him take a huge venue and turn the whole scene into an island party.)

Other picks? Summer Vibe by Walk Off The Earth, Waves by Blondfire, and La Mar (The Ocean) by The Beautiful Girls. All strong contenders for a sweet summer song.

I could go on, but I’ll stop and turn it over to you.What tunes would you add to a summer tunes playlist? What song–or artist–best captures the feel of summer for you?

(For more tunes, check out my Island tunes playlist)