Top 8 Hot Summer Songs List

sunshineThe very talented author, Michael Gerard Bauer, posted a link to a summer song on Facebook today. His choice was Daryl Braithwaite’s One Summer. And it sparked a yearning in me to create another list, the Top 8 Hot Summer Songs List (inspired by the heat wave currently bearing down on SE Qld). Why? Because I love a good list.

(Why 8 not 10?  Because 10 was soooo 2012!)

  1. At the top of this list has to be Gangajang’s Sounds of Then (This is Australia) and brought even more sharply into focus for me today when I just had to have a cold Coke and thought of the fabulous Coke ad featuring this song, which I still maintain is the best Coke ad of all time.
  2. For a cruisy jazzy song, I don’t think you can go past Summertime, this version by Ella Fitzgerald. (Doesn’t it just make you want to pull up a wicker deck chair with a martini and watch the workers in the fields as the sun sets?)
  3. Okay, this next one’s a bit daggy, but it’s here for my husband, who’s an unwaivering romantic and die-hard 80s fan, and loves Belinda Carlisle. Here’s Summer Rain. (Come on, admit it, you can’t help but sing along!)
  4. And while we’re stuck in the 80s, let’s not forget supergroup Bananarama’s Cruel Summer. Better yet, this song featured in another great 80s production, Karate Kid. (Yes, I know, I’m showing my age… and my ‘coolness’ factor is rapidly declining.)
  5. Back to the world of modern music, I’m including Hot N Cold by Katy Perry for whimsical reasons, because our weather has been so psychotic this year that as soon as I’ve packed away the doona and heaters I’ll be needing them again before you know it.
  6. And just because it’s funky and catchy and has the air of reckless abandon, Kid Rock’s All Summer Long.
  7. Admittedly, this is a long bow to draw, but I’m including The Offspring’s Why Don’t You Get a Job?, because it starts with a sprinkler on a green lawn and has a great Jamaican vibe. I do love short bursts of The Offspring every now and then, which is totally unlike me, but these guys can carry it off (in small doses!). Great when you’re tired or feeling a bit tetchy to just blast it out of your system 🙂
  8. I’m including Birds and Bees by Ben Lee because it just feels like summer–that time of year when the prospect of taking off layers of clothes isn’t daunting and romantic outdoor dinners and flirting in dresses without shivering is possible. (As an aside, I do love Ben’s albums, Awake is the New Sleep and Ripe.)

So there’s my Top 8 summer songs, complete with romance, whimsy, humidity, fun and heartbreak. What would you add to this list?

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Writer Back on Board

Okay, so it’s been a long time since I last blogged! Eight months, to be exact. I’m not going to bang on about it, so let me summarised the great things that have happened in that time.

1. Finished the first draft of my current WIP, a Young Adult entitled The Stars that Shine. It’s a rodeo ‘Romeo and Juliette’ styled novel about two star-crossed rodeo riders struggling to find success and love in rural Australia in 1958, within the confines of social injustices and prejudices, in order to fulfil their dreams. (See, I learned how to summarise that at this year’s CYA Conference, from keynote speaker Kate Forsyth.)

2. Received three lots of highly useful feedback on The Stars that Shine from wonderful writing friends who helped me see the trees from the wood and show me how the reality of my manuscript fell short from the vision that was in my mind, and allowed me to draw out that vision to meet the expectations I set for it in the first place.

3. Attended this year’s CYA Conference in Brisbane during the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, and had the most inspiring moment of the day over a coffee with wonderful YA author Michael Gerard Bauer, who picked up my flagging spirits, injected them with a good puff of wind, and sent me back out into the world again. Thanks Michael 🙂

4. Pulled out a memoir that had been sitting in my drawer for the past two years, shook it off and cleaned it up and submitted it to the Finch Publishing Memoir Prize.

5. Completed several rounds of revisions of The Stars that Shine, and now have Draft 4 with an esteemed colleague for editing.

6. Managed to maintain at least some of my wonderful contacts and friends in my writing tribe, despite living in the bush and not being able to get to all the fun and exciting events that happend in Brisbane, seemingly all the time.

I now sit anxiously, awaiting another round of feedback, criticism and editing suggestions for my current baby, and hoping I can polish it to shine the way I have imagined it for so many years.