Most of my favorite summers were spent away as summer camp. Singing dorky camp songs. Canoeing. Capture the flag. That one summer where I spent four weeks doing manual labor and it was called a “learning experience.” The best times were always had in the evenings. It was great to be able to see the stars and there’s something incredibly bonding about being in the middle of the woods at night. Campfires happened at night. Ghost stories. Fireflies. Bonding chats. Listening to your cabin-mates’ hilarious sleep talking.
There are a few songs that due to sentimental reasons will always remind me of my summers there – “Allstar” by Smashmouth, “Centerfold” by J. Geils Band and “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys to name just a few. But I thought I’d spare everyone and instead go with the songs that recall what those nights felt like to me – warm remnants of humidity still sticking in the air, a cool breeze, the rustling of the woods all around and the faint glow of the moon and stars through the trees.
Ezra Furman and The Harpoons are at Spaceland on June 7 with We Barbarians, Tijuana Panthers, The Romany Rye. We Barbarians are the residency of the month so the show is FREE!
Steel Train will be at the El Rey on July 6 with Shadow Shadow Shade, Matt Embree (of RX Bandits) and Young the Giant. Get those tickets.
And you should definitely check out this video by Seattle band The Terrordactyls for their song “Devices” – adorable, quirky, and totally reminds me of day camp arts & crafts. Or see them live at the Smell tonight, May 28.
What about you? Whether sentimental or sensory what reminds you of the summer?