This week I am joining Older Mum in a Muddle and waxing nostalgic for the summer that is nearly over. Here in Andalucía with summer come the sounds that take me back to childhood holidays: the gentle wind in the trees, cicadas screeching through the heat of the day, crickets chirruping out in the campo after nightfall, and two friendly geckos chuckling to themselves and each other in the porch-light.
OK, so much for the ambient sounds of nature. What about the tunes? Every summer has a soundtrack. Family holidays when I was a kid were set to a strange mix of music that everyone could just about tolerate. Old favourites included Micheal Jackson’s Thriller, The Greatest Hits of Doris Day and a service-station-bought cassette entitled One Hit Wonders. You can just imagine the dubious glories of that last one, right?
Things have improved somewhat since those days. Here’s what Bibsey and I have been listening to in the car as we have torn up and down the hill this summer. That is when we haven’t been listening to Winnie the Pooh or 1001 Greatest Nursery Rhymes to Delight Your Child and Send You Off a Cliff.
First up here is a tune that has seen me through the ups and downs of the last few months and there have been a few. I know that when I listen to this one again, a few years down the line, it will evoke some bitter/sweet feelings in me.
Next up is possibly one of my all-time favourite dance tracks of ALL TIME, man. I can remember a time back in 1996 or 7, when Mr B and I first met, huddled-up on the ferry from Hong Kong to Lamma Island sharing a set of headphones and just loving, I mean really digging, this track. We kind of rediscovered it recently and Bibs and I have enjoyed banging our heads to it in the car on a regular basis ever since. If this tune were a woman you might say that she went in and out in all the right places.
And finally, this has been my uplifting tune of the summer. When I am driving on the hill listening to this I can get convinced that the swallows are flying along with me. Not such a crazy idea y’all.
What has been the soundtrack to your summer? Post your thoughts on summer 2012 and link-up all this week with Older Mum in Muddle.