This Summer’s Soundtrack

Songs, like scents, have the power to take you back to a time and place. You know what I mean – where were you at in life when “MMMBop” hit the radio waves? (I was a painfully awkward sixth grader with huge wire-rimmed glasses). Or “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden? (I was in a middle school gymnasium, barely touching the shoulders of a boy who was a foot shorter than me while we slow danced). “Collide” by Howie Day? (Studying in my tiny college apartment). “Pokerface” by Lady Gaga? (Gallivanting through the islands of New Zealand).

As the summer has progressed, there are a few songs that will likely bring me back to this awesome season of heat, friends, a dying car and deadlines. Check them out and they just might make it to your 2012 soundtrack:

• “King of the World” by First Aid Kit: These Swedish sisters perform folksy tunes with close harmonies – I consider them the Swedish version of Indigo Girls. “King of the World” will rock your socks off with its fun lyrics and fabulous use of fiddle, trumpet, and guitar.

• “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers: After showcasing their folk-revival tunes and melodies at the Door Community Auditorium, this song receives a play on my iTunes daily. The lovely lyrics and catchy beat will have you singing along after two or three listens.

• “Down in the Valley” by The Head and the Heart: Indie folk-pop band from Seattle, this group offers a plethora of chill, beautiful tunes. This song is perfect for contemplating life while soaking up some rays.

• “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale: This English folk band performs quirky, fun tunes in quirky, fun clothes. This song will have your feet tapping, and you may just want to pick up the penny whistle afterwards.

• “Somebody I Used to Know” by Gotye: I am so over this tune, but I think you and I can both agree that with all the overplay, every time we hear Gotye mourning the girl he “used to know,” we’ll recall summer 2012.