Some songs just make you feel like the world is at your feet and summer is the perfect season to play your favorite jam and strut your stuff. Throughout the month of July, we asked our patrons and staff "What song adds a little pep to your step?"
We met online on Tuesday, July 27, at noon to share and discuss these songs in our monthly music discussion group, Music Talk. The full Music Talk: Summer Strut playlist is now up on Spotify and you can follow Alachua County Library District's account for more playlists to come. Check out our catalog for the CDs that many of these songs can be found on.
These are the summer songs we strut to.
"Anything for You" by Snow
Nicole says "I remember spending the summer in Jamaica and this song was the jam at the time. We would blast the music from the car as we drove around the island. You can’t listen to this song without strutting. It gets me dancing and wanting to be at a nice summer party, dancing the night away. Since some of my favorite Jamaican artists are in this song, it’s like 5 for the price of 1."
Jordyn says "I definitely get 'driving to the beach with the windows down, dancing along to the beat vibes' when I listen to it and can’t help but dance when I hear it!
Beth says "I like listening to this when I’m getting ready to go out. It pumps me up for a night on the town."
This song always puts Assh "in a great summer mood... sometimes you just wake up and it’s all good – and you can roll out to the beach and lay back with a Mai Tai with all your friends feeling the same. No worries, no complications, no cares, just good company and a great time.
Danie says "Camping trips were the hallmark of my family’s summers, whether to fulfill merit badges or to see a new national park. When I first heard “Fireflies”, I felt it caught the feeling of that hot night when my brothers woke me up, opened the tent flap, and I saw my very first fireflies like I was standing in the middle of starry night."
John says "It’s the rhythm, the handclaps, the juke joint piano, the chorus; put all that together and I can even forgive the truck driver’s gear change at the end."
Demaris says "This song is an anthem to living with your mistakes, learning from them, and not wanting to trade any of them because they made you who you are. And who cares what anyone else thinks!"
“I Feel Lucky” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Beth says "This song always makes me laugh (especially when she talks about Dwight and Lyle). Even though I might feel crappy in the morning, I can put this song on and it cheers me up and makes me want to move. And how great would it be to win the lottery?"
Linda says, of this song and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "Summertime", "I love these songs because they always take me back to a place when life was fun, and I felt free, happy, and filled with energy and life.
Demaris says "because even after all of the times life has knocked me down...I’m still standing."
Joanne says this song "gives me that special strut. It is joyful and leaves me feeling expansive. I cannot resist dancing to this song."
Because, according to Demaris, "you can take the girl out of the country but you will never take the country out of the girl."
"Smooth" makes Odette "want to move and brings the summer heat to mind."
Patti "love(s) "Summer Rain" by the Primitives. Being alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing."
Nicole says "It takes me back to my childhood. It is so mellow and smooth. It helps me picture myself driving, windows down by the beach, or just hanging with family at a backyard BBQ. It definitely gets me in the mood to chill.
Fiona and Cindy both chose this 80s classic. Cindy says "I had this one song immediately pop into my head. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Why? Well it’s UP beat, and it’s upbeat! Great positivity and you can definitely jam out to it."
Coleen says "It has some summer themes in the lyrics and makes me want to sing every time I hear it! Makes me feel upbeat and like I’m on vacation."
John finds "something invigorating about a cheerful kiss off song. This one doesn’t give me quite as much life as Cee-Lo’s, but it’s up there."
To Tyjan, this song "encapsulates the true meaning of “strut your stuff”. If you don’t believe me, the many hours I put into the Just Dance video game to memorize the dance routine will say otherwise. If there ever was a song that will put a little pep in your step, this summer, it’s definitely this!
We also loved: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley, “Brick House” by The Commodores, “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” by The Gap Band, “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest, “Doin’ It” by Bad Rabbits, “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga, “Get Back” by Ludacris, “Good Lovin'” by The Young Rascals, “Grazing in the Grass” by The Friends of Distinction, “Hard to Handle” by Otis Redding, “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco, “Howdy” by Kaylee Rose, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers, “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry, “Living in Hell” by Cobra Man, “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet, “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield, “Summer Strut” by Spyro Gyra, and “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for next month's music discussion group! We'll meet on Tuesday, August 24 at 12 p.m. on Zoom for Music Talk: At the Movies. Some songs we will forever associate with the movies they soundtrack. We'd like to know what movie and song pairing was so perfect, you can't hear it without the scene playing in your head. Send an email to librarian Cameron Burris with the song title, the movie it appears in, and a sentence or two about why you chose it. He'll add it to the Spotify playlist and have it queued up to play for the live program. If you don't have a particular song or movie scene in mind, come to the program anyway to hear some great music and join in on the conversation!