By: Caitlin Marsilii

Out of all the seasons, summer seems to stand out and reconnect us with our roots in childhood and in nature. It seems to have a special and unique hold on both the child and adult alike. For many, it heightens certain features of the world — or highlights the value of simplicity — and can create vivid perspectives, memories, and emotions all intermingling with one another.

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For me, music has always been such a staple to that summer experience, and I have found that as much as the music emphasizes the summer, the summer layers the music as well. This idea has led me to curate a list of summer perspectives through the eyes of others, in addition to the music that has serenaded those experiences. I hope the end result acts as its own playlist and allows you to dive into these separate yet shared experiences. To start, I asked some friends and family for two things: some words describing their summers growing up and one song that would define those summers.

And here’s what we came up with…

Caitlin: Dirt, mist, creativity

Portugal — Walk the Moon

Tayla: Carefree, trees, bicycles

White — Odd Future ft. Frank Ocean

Matt: Running, freedom, ice cream

The Suburbs — Arcade Fire

Steven: Always stay positive

Everything is Broken — Kenny Wayne Sheppard

Michele: Wildwood, outside, ice cream

Summer Breeze — Seals and Crofts

Kara: Exciting, eventful, adventurous

September — Earth, Wind, & Fire

Savitha: Change, peaceful, imaginative

Love Story — Taylor Swift

Bianca: Isolation, stifling, burning

911/Mr. Lonely — Tyler the Creator ft. Frank Ocean & Steve Lacy

Kiara: Free, sunny, fun

Another Night on Mars — The Maine

Nikki: Hot as #&*!

Lonely — Akon

Jim: Hot, baseball, running

De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da — The Police

Madeline: Exciting, relaxing, unforgettable

Life is a Highway — Rascal Flatts

Ilene: Beaches, nature, road trips

Summer Skin — Death Cab for Cutie

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