Josh Hanson
Lead vocals and guitar, Yellow Red Sparks,
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” the Beach Boys: “This song always put my head in the clouds as a kid, and it really gives you that ‘what if’ sort of feeling. It’s kind of funny because summer is one of the most carefree times in your life as a child, but somehow, you still fantasize about being ‘grown up.’ Kids are obviously dumb.”

Barrett Johnson
Solo artist,
“Lazy Bones,” the Mills Brothers: “Although I feel that Sam Cooke’s definitive version of the song ‘Summertime’ and Bob Dylan’s song and album New Morning are must-listens, my personal favorite summertime song has to be the Mills Brothers’ ‘Lazy Bones.’ Laid-back four-part harmony, mouth trumpet, lyrics about embracing procrastination—grab your hammock and your lemonade. We ain’t doin’ shit today.”

Terry Prine
Lead vocals and guitar, Greater California,
“Catch the Wind,” Donovan: “Every time I hear that song, it stops me and seems to wipe everything completely clean. The simpleness and possibility is so reminiscent of summers spent as a kid. Family vacations and national parks and riding in the back seat, and you could look up at the sky, and you were surrounded by the sound of nothingness, and it felt like it was never going to end. It brings all those things back in.”

Noted summer enthusiast Barrett Johnson
Mary Bell
Noted summer enthusiast Barrett Johnson

Trisha Smith
Lead vocals, Honeypie,
“In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry: “I love the chh-chh-chh, uhh, chh-chh-chh, uhhs throughout the song. The lyrics are great, too. ‘We’re always happy. . . . Life’s for livin’, yeah, that’s our philosophy.’ I like this because it reminds me not to take life too seriously and to do what I love because life is for livin’. This song just makes me want to lay in the sun and sip margaritas all day.”

Joey Winter
Lead vocals and guitar, the Steelwells,
“Cecilia,” Simon and Garfunkel: “This song instantly puts me in the mood to get on a bicycle and ride around town while I high-five everyone I ride past. I suggest you put it on your iPod and do this just so you know what I am talking about.”

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