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If you know me, you know that I hate summer. It’s my least favorite season of all. I don’t like being hot, and I hate being chased by inquisitive, brave insects (especially those doggone wasps!). Don’t get me wrong, I love having longer periods of light, but I really just hate the hot, sticky days of summer and all those mosquitoes just waiting to bite my poor body.

Instead of grumping the whole time through summer, I try to see the positives. Summer is the time when I can hang out with my friends in a local park while my husband plays onstage with the town’s municipal band. It’s great dress-wearing weather, and I have more ability to walk outside, especially once the sun starts going down (and not freeze, that is).

Music is a super important facet of my life. Oftentimes, songs will evoke certain imagery in my head (and I try to draw them out) or the reverse will happen – an event that occurred while that song or band was playing will imprint itself on the song, and it will always have an association with that song. That’s happened quite a bit, even in the summer.

With that, here are the best 25 summertime songs for me (arranged alphabetically by title):

“A” – Barenaked Ladies: Simple, simplistic, witty, and fun. This song makes me think of driving on roads surrounded by cornfields with the windows down, for some reason.

Always” – The Boxer Rebellion: This band is actually a pretty new find for me, so I’m probably going to associate a lot of their stuff with late spring/early summer (that tends to happen to me, really!). “Always” is a speedy little song that is just perfect for jet-setting out on the interstate with no true destination in mind.

Behind the Lines/Duchess” – Genesis: Okay, this is actually two songs, but for me, they’re inseparable. I actually remember the date I bought Duke – July 16, 2003, just one day before my nephew’s birth. I buried my head in my headsets the night before, listening to these first 2 songs while reading my first volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! I took my portable CD player with me when my parents drove me to the hospital, waiting for my nephew to be born. I can’t NOT think of that kid without hearing these songs, especially “Duchess” – that song was playing when we were told he arrived. Aside from that, “Behind The Lines” is the perfect song for a beautiful, sunny summer day, and “Duchess” encapsulates the rainy, stormy summer days that grace us in June and July.

Dodo/Lurker” – Genesis: I was obsessed with this song for probably half a decade, so much so that I desperately tried to write out the parts of the band so my high school band could play it in concert before I graduated. I didn’t succeed – I only got to the trumpets, trombones, clarinets, and a little bit of flute, and that was it. Still, this song makes me think about driving through town with the windows down with me blaring it and singing out the lyrics as loud as possible!

Effington” – Ben Folds: My husband and I have a fun little tradition – every time we pass Effingham, Illinois, we play this song. We don’t go by there very often, but it’s fun every time we do! Also, I don’t particularly want to live, die, or be buried in Effingham, just so you know. πŸ˜›

Feeling That Way” – Journey: There are a lot of Journey songs that evoke thoughts and memories of summer, but this one does it for me every time. It’s fun, energetic, and light-hearted, and it’s also my favorite Journey song, so it takes the cake!

I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” – Genesis: Peter Gabriel-era fans, rejoice! This one made the mark! There’s just something about this song that makes me think about the oppressive summer heat of July and August and doing whatever goofy thing you can to take your mind off the heat. (Also, the reason that Gabriel-era Genesis doesn’t pop up here much is because I associate a lot of those albums with winter! I love both eras of the group unconditionally. ^_^)

If You Love Me” – Steven Page: My best friend James (he’s the guy who helped me get this blog started) put Steven Page’s solo album on at work a few summers ago in June. Once I heard this song come on, I was hooked! There’s just something about this song that makes me happy. It’s energetic and fun, and it just makes me want to get up and dance whenever I hear it, no matter how crappy my day is! πŸ™‚

Keep It Dark” – Simon Collins: I discovered Simon’s music in the summer of 2007 and haven’t looked back. This song, a remake of an old Genesis song from 1982, is powerful, driving, and fierce, and I LOVE it! (By the way, he’s the son of Phil Collins, and he’s AWESOME! Check out his stuff!)

Me & Sarah Jane” – Genesis: Perfect for a drive during the summer nights or on a rainy summer day. There’s just something about it!

No Reply At All” – Genesis: There’s a reason that there’s quite a few Genesis songs on here (and from mostly 2 albums). One summer night in 2002, I was sitting in my room playing Yoshi’s Island on the SNES with the radio on. Then this song came on, and I remember thinking, “Hey, I like this! Sounds like Phil Collins…” And the announcer said it was from Genesis. I had liked Genesis as a kid but was only familiar with Invisible Touch and We Can’t Dance. This was the night I started getting into the band on my own and really delving deeply into different albums!

Out On the Playa” – Simon Collins: Found this gem back in the summer of ’07! It just has a fun beachy vibe to it. Heck, even the word “beach” comes up in the title (Playa is Spanish for “beach”)!

Paradise” – Coldplay: I’m not really a fan of Coldplay, but I like this song! It takes me back to the time I visited the Upper Peninsula and drove through Paradise, MI (and saw my first peek of Lake Superior up close and personal!). It just makes me want to go north whenever I hear it. πŸ™‚

Pickerel Lake” – Sufjan Stevens: A fun, breezy-feeling tune! Okay, the lyrics might not be very fun, but the music sounds very carefree!

Portugal” – Walk The Moon: Not my favorite Walk The Moon song (I like “Work This Body” and “Tightrope” best, thank you very much), but this song definitely sounds like it was just made for a hot night on the town in the summer! πŸ™‚

The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us!” – Sufjan Stevens: I know a lot of people rave about “Chicago,” and rightfully so. It’s a gorgeous song! But many forget about another beautiful song – this one, which was loosely based off one of Sufjan’s experiences at camp when he was a kid. It just makes me think of standing in a field of prairie grass in the late afternoon in Northern Illinois. And because I’m terrified of wasps, I try really hard not to think about it and focus on the music instead. πŸ™‚ (By the way, the live renditions of this song are out of this world and full of hilarious banter and stories. Check out my favorite here!)

Promises” – The Boxer Rebellion: From the first few measures, this song stole my heart. It has a lively, wind-swept feeling to it, and it just makes me think of running in the summertime evenings… which, I never run, but it just has a real carefree feeling to it all. Just drop your worries, make different promises, and run, run, run, run, run. πŸ™‚

Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie” – Sufjan Stevens: Okay, this might not be very fair because I visited these 2 beautiful places 3 summers ago. My husband and I totally blared both songs when we arrived at our destinations, and I will never forget the beautiful sand of Sleeping Bear and Traverse City beckoning me to come and stay a while, nor will I forget the fascinating locks of Sault Ste. Marie. I can’t wait to see those places again!

The entirety of Smallcreep’s Day by Mike Rutherford: For those not in the know, Mike Rutherford was the guitarist/bassist (depending on songs and personnel) for Genesis. He wrote an album called Smallcreep’s Day – a friend of mine sent it my way in the summer of 2008, when I was just started living on my own and was preparing my lesson plans for my first year of teaching. I drove to Springfield, my state’s capital, a lot that summer with this album blaring out of my car window, so hearing any of the songs on this album makes me think of that time in my life. ^_^

Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel: Want to hear a funny story? NO? Well, tough! When I was about 5, I heard this song come on the car radio when my mom and I were running errands around a neighboring town, and I really liked what I heard. The rhythm was fun and different for some reason (I would learn later that it’s in 7/4), and even though I had know idea what the guy was singing, I just loved it and waited for it to come on the radio all the time, which wasn’t too often, sadly. Fast forward to the summer before my sophomore year in college. I was a new Peter Gabriel fan and noticed people talking about how awesome “Solsbury Hill” is. I had never heard of it, so I was curious. I found it online (which was a miracle because this was just before the dawn of YouTube), and I was amazed to hear the song that I adored as a little kid! I immediately ordered it through Borders (*sigh* I miss you, Borders!) and played it in my car all the way back home. I also played it on repeat on my headsets throughout a good portion of the family vacation that summer, so there’s that! Cool, huh? No? Okay, I’ll be quiet. :/

Volcano” – Jupiter One: My buddy James showed me this group last summer, thinking I would like them. He was right! And really, c’mon, with a title called “Volcano,” how can you not think of summer and all things hot?

Watching the Northern Lights” – Barenaked Ladies: This is something I want to do someday. Go up to the Upper Peninsula (or Canada or Alaska), lie down on the ground at night, and watch the northern lights play across the sky. I hope I can do this for real someday!

The West Side” – Phil Collins: So once my mom and I embarked on a road trip to North Carolina to see my brother when I was around 12. When we were driving through West Virginia, Phil’s “Hello, I Must Be Going” album was on, so now I always associate the album, and this song especially, with summertime travels on the highway. πŸ™‚

Won’t Be Afraid” – The Cat Empire – I’m not really a fan of this band personally, but I do enjoy this song! It’s fun and breezy – I can kind of see myself chilling by a huge ocean with this song playing in the background.

Which songs remind you of summer? πŸ™‚

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Phil CollinsToday’s Phil Collins’s birthday – he’s 62 years old as of today. In honor of his birthday, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why this singing drummer rocks out loud!

Phil Can Drum and Sing at the Same Time – Seriously. Can you do that? I’ve tried, and I can’t, and I had some training on percussion, too. It’s tough to do! When Phil does it, he just looks like it’s sooooo easy to do! See what I mean here in one of his most famous songs, “In The Air Tonight.”

Phil Knows Some Pretty Sweet Tambourine Tricks –Β  He makes playing the tambourine look like an absolute art. Back in the day, Phil would always do his tambourine dance routine with the equally awesome band Genesis, whom he drummed (and later sang) for. The scary thing? He can STILL do this routine. Sure, maybe it’s not as deft and crazy, but he can still do it! I know; I witnessed it live in Chicago in October of 2007. πŸ™‚ Here’s his famous dance!

He also likes to keep time with his tambourine by smacking it on poor Mike Rutherford’s head.

Phil Has a Charitable Spirit – He’s known for giving to charity and just in general helping those in need. I remember reading a story once of a girl who wanted to go into dance but her family was super poor, and I think they asked him about it. Sure enough, he gave the girl and her family a heft sum of money to help her realize her dreams. He also founded the Little Dreams Foundation in 2000 to help kids realize their dreams in sports and the arts by providing future prodigies ages 4-16 with financial, material, and mentoring support with the help of experts in various fields. Pretty awesome, huh?

Phil Treats His Fans Pretty Darn Well – This is from personal experience. I have received feedback from him the 2 times I sent things to him. Once was when I was 6 years old, and I wrote a letter to him when I was in a local library’s summer program. We were supposed to write someone we admired, so I chose him! I don’t remember what I wrote… probably just, “I love you. Sussudio is great. I like peanut butter. Bye.” A few months afterwards I found waiting for me in the library an autographed photo of Phil. I was psyched!

Several years later in college, I had the guts to send him some of my artwork I created based on his songs. I didn’t really expect anything back or whatever; I just wanted him to know I exist and that I love his music. A few months later, lo and behold, I got a call from my mom saying that I got mail from London, and when I opened it up, it was a different photo of him at the drums and grinning, and he wrote, “Dear (insert my real name here), Thanks for the drawings! I loved them. Phil.”

I was on Cloud 9! My drumming hero had written me back! And he LOVED my work! πŸ˜€

So yeah, that’s why Phil rules. So go celebrate his birthday today! Eat some cake, drum on something, or just listen to his tunes. Or just listen to this amazing drum duet he did with Chester Thompson! Why? Because he’s awesome. That’s why! Happy birthday, Phil! πŸ™‚

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Oh, man, ain't it the truth! v_v

Oh, man, ain’t it the truth! v_v

I promised you guys a week or so ago that I’d keep you updated with my revisiting one of my most favorite Legend of Zelda games, and well, I’m keeping my promise!

I wound up beating the game again a week or so ago in a few sittings. Here are my favorite moments from the second half of my Zelda adventures.

The gleaming red eyes, that frightening stance... OH, THE HORROR!

The gleaming red eyes, that frightening stance… OH, THE HORROR!

Dark Link –Β I have to say, the Water Temple used to frustrate me and slightly unnerve me as a kid. Once I figured out where all the keys were hidden (did anyone else forget the key in the basement of the tower in the middle?), it was much more enjoyable. One facet that used to scare the pants off me back in the day was being locked in a seemingly vacant room in the 3rd floor, surrounded by ankle-deep water, one tree in the middle. Little did I know the first time that I would have to face my dark side!

Dark Link really used to creep me out. At first he appears to be nothing but a shadow, but as time progresses, he appears much darker, and his red eyes grow more eerie as they glare at you, calculating and imitating your every move. Here’s the sad part – I totally wasted 2 fairies on this creep, mostly because I was an idiot and forgot to grab Din’s Fire before traversing out into the big bad world.

Frantic for something, ANYTHING that would stop him in his tracks, I abandoned my shield and sword and grabbed the Megaton Hammer and swung away. Yeah, he stabbed me a lot, but I wound up kicking his keister to kingdom come. >=)

Dead HandThat Creepy Well in Kakariko Village – Seeing Kakariko Village in flames for the first time many years ago had shocked and confused me. This time, though, it was just a solemn reminder that I had to get my young butt down to the ominous well to find the Lens of Truth.

UGH.

I really hate the well with a great passion. I cannot stand going down there, as stupid as it seems. It’s dank, it’s creepy, and it’s full of hidden holes, skeletons, and flying skulls. I can’t tell you how many times I fell down the holes to the basement as a kid. Instead of going around and finding all the different treasures in the well, I decided to just get down to business. I lowered the water level, dropped down to the small entrance I was supposed to enter, and intrepidly opened the door to the boss. After popping the ghostly Dead Hand in the face about 10 times, I finally got the Lens of Truth and scurried on out of the well to face the haunting Shadow Temple.

The Eeriness of the Shadow Temple – I don’t have fond memories as a kid of the Shadow Temple. The very first time I ventured into the Shadow Temple, it was a dark, tempestuous Friday night. My mom had gone to get groceries that afternoon and was still out, so it was just my dad and me at home, though because my dad was alllll the way on the other side of the house watching CNN, it felt as if I was all alone in my dark room playing through this temple for the first time with the savage storms raging around the house.

Returning to the Shadow Temple really wasn’t a big deal to me. I enjoy it much more compared to the well, but to me it still maintained its creepiness. Creeping around in a crypt as a kid unnerved me to no end as the creepy music flooded my ears (I used to blare Genesis when I was younger so I wouldn’t have to listen to the game’s music), but anymore I just thought, “Meh, whatever. I can handle this.” And voila, I did. Onto the next temple!

Sneaking Around and Taking Gerudo Valley by Storm –Β Ah, Gerudo Valley. This area would’ve been more enjoyable if I came prepared! I was a fool and forgot to stock up on enough arrows, so I frequently found myself running out of arrows. I even went as far as to stun two Gerudo women with my hookshot so I could run and break a jar near them, hoping there would be arrows. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I grabbed the arrows, TWEEEEEEEET!!! They caught me. After I grabbed enough arrows, though, domination was a cinch. Oh, yeah!

TwinrovaTwinrova and Iron Knuckle – The Spirit Temple is pretty cool, really. It’s apparently my husband’s favorite temple in the game (mine is the Forest Temple), too. Minus some foolish setbacks (*ahem* the lack of arrows and bombs), the temple was a breeze to get through. I wound up throwing bomb after bomb after bomb (and maybe a bombchu or so) at the Iron Knuckle every time I had to face it, which my husband thought was pretty innovative. >=D Eventually the Iron Knuckles died, and I was left to face Twinrova! Easy peasy, lemon squeezie. Just set phasers to fry (or freeze), and BOOM! They were long gone, left to bicker about which was younger and how heartless the other is as they drifted away from “Sufjan.”

Spanking Ganondorf for the Last Time – Veni, vidi, vici, fools. I stormed the castle, kicked the baddies’ butts, and entered Ganondorf’s room, ready to fight.

"Aren't I sophisticated playing this creepy organ?!"

“Aren’t I sophisticated playing this creepy organ?!”

And he was just… playing the organ. Dude, what the heck? Get off your butt and fight me!

Well, okay, eventually he did after a flouting speech about how I can’t handle the Triforce of Courage and how he demands me to hand it over, blah blah blah. But whatever, I shot him up with my Light Arrows and stabbed him over and over with my Master Sword.

But it wasn’t over! I had to escape his crumbling tower in less than 3 minutes. My husband, who had never beat the game, was panicking a bit (he doesn’t like timed challenges – they stress him out), but I got out of there with over a minute to spare, the princess in tow.

Then came the final battle against Ganon. I remember this fight being so tough as a kid, but it was super simple. Just roll through the legs, stab at his tail, and wait for him to fall for the last time before stabbing him in between the eyes for the last time.

Then BOOM! I beat the game. Again. For the 200th time, it seems.

Now I’m playing Majora’s Mask for the first time, and well… it’s very …. different. I can update you guys about what I think about Majora’s Mask in a while, I guess. Right now I have a killer cold, so I’ve been kinda out of it, so we’ll see! Until then, see ya soon!

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