Branding your summer? Summertime songs for inspiration!

Hellooo friends~

Today is the first day of summer. Summer Solstice, June 21st, the longest day. So many daylight hours, and long summer days and nights ahead!

Let the branding begin!

Summer branding is a thing. What Will Be the Theme of Summer?

I discussed it with my 5 yo granddaughter. She stated emphatically that summer had already started last week, when school ended, swim team began, and summer camp is coming up. So she has a lot of options for branding.

If we name it, maybe it will be true! Make a pronouncement, then curate the memories. Take photos, play music, make videos. Make it positive and motivational. Check out the songs down below!

If my summers had been branded, 2019 could have been “Digging In The Dirt Summer” with our new raised garden (grazing in the grass). 2020 was “Sourdough Summer”, (a whole lotta baking going on). 2021, “Family Reunion Summer” (45 people – we are family). 2022 was, “Building The Biz Summer” (taking care of business), an ongoing process and still exciting.

My favorite would be a “Spritz Girl Summer”, named for my sister and me on a bike tour in Spain with our guys. We had Aperol spritzes every afternoon after hot, challenging mountain rides. So even if there aren’t any crazy hard, hilly bike rides this summer, I’ll stick with that, because I think I should be training on some hills this summer (the aspiration), but mostly because I like the pretty-colored drink, and it evokes an awesome time with my sister.

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Want to brand your summer? You can be aspirational, or just be descriptive, a Mad Lib — an adjective, noun, summer, that you could use to describe summer as you already know it will be, or as you want it to be. Here’s another article about it in The NYTimes Why Do We Brand the Summer?

If you want to, you can start by considering your pleasures, personality, or an experience you know you’re going to have, or one you want to create.

Here’s inspiration with some summer songs. I’d love to add more to the list if you have some favorites, and I’ll use them in group workouts. Send them in comments!

  1. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & The Family Stone
  2. “The Girl From Ipanema” by Pery Ribeiro
  3. “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by The Beach Boys
  4. “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas
  5. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  6. “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
  7. “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer” by Nat KIng Cole
  8. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
  9.  “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney
  10. “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  11. “California Girls” by The Beach Boys
  12. “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
  13. “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks
  14. “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry
  15. “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas
  16. “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris
  17. “I Get Around” by The Beach Boys
  18. “Smooth” by Santana eat. Rob Thomas
  19. “Grazing In The Grass” by Hugh Masekela
  20. “Island In The Sun” by Weezer
  21. “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
  22. “Macarena” by Los Del Rio
  23. “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina And The Waves
  24. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis
  25. “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega
  26. “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Crofts
  27. “Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  28. “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago
  29. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
  30. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  31. “Takin’ Care Of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  32. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
  33. “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk the Moon
  34. “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence And The Machine

Onward to a wonderful summer!


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