Even though we generally think of Memorial Day Weekend as the official kick off to summer, there is something about today, June 21st. The official first day of summer. The longest day of the year.
The summer solstice.
The summer solstice, in all its balmy, fragrant glory - at least here in Southern California, where the heady jasmine is at its peak and the jacaranda trees are shedding their final purple blooms. The summer solstice is the true beginning of the glory of what a magical thing summer can be. Long sunny days with cool ocean breezes, a carefree bike ride up the coast, a BBQ with friends at the park or in your backyard, the waning humidity of dusk, and nights that hold an electricity within their calm, cool reprieve. A season that demands the full utilization of every one of our senses demands the proper soundtrack. Here's the imnotsleeping summer 2013 mix - Songs for Summer Solstice.
More awesome summer mixes from around the web:
Songs for the Day has created not one, not two, but three (three!) mixes, each appropriate for different summer times and feels. Check them out on 8tracks below:
Then of course there is the latest in the seasonal mixes from Music for Ants. Listen on Spotify below, or download the whole mix here.
Paste has also put together a quick mix of a summer tour sampler, which you can download here or listen below:
Also thanks to Paste, we've got a bit of a different summer mix, aptly titled "40 Bummer Summer Songs Ranked by Sadness" which you can listen to here.
Rolling Stone also has an opinion about which albums you should listen to this summer. While not a summer playlist, its a list of 'must listen to' albums to keep you busy all summer long. Check it out here.
Summer tunes to look forward to from Pretty Much Amazing.
Heather over at Fuel/Friends put forth her musical tunes for the summer.