Friday, 10 August 2012
Welcome to Friday, the start of your weekend and the end of your work week, unless you work crazy hours that make you work on weekends in which case I'm sorry. But anyway, it's now time for:
This is a (usually) weekly feature in which I post a (play) list of songs on a particular theme. Since I am on vacation next week (in Middle of Nowhere, Maine), this week's theme is therefore VACATION. Yes, songs about getting away from it all and enjoying oneself.
Let us begin, shall we?
1. Vacation - The Go-Gos
I've been in an 80s music mood lately. There are a couple of catchy girl bands from that time period, and the Go-Gos are probably one of the most famous. I like this song but really the only part I ever remember is the chorus: "Vacation, all I ever wanted."
I suppose therefore that the narrator must not go on many vacations.
2. Vacation - Connie Francis
I think I've heard this song approximately a thousand and six times but I had no idea who sang it until just now when I looked it up. Despite sharing the title with the Go-Go's song, this is totally different. This is also one of those songs that gets stuck in my head at random, mostly the part where she sings, "V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, in the summertime."
3. Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
This song is not really about a vacation, but about a place where someone might like to go on vacation. The narrator goes down to a place called Margaritaville, which I suppose is a place where you drink all day and do nothing much else. There are tourists, covered in oil, so it is a place where people go on vacation, but it doesn't seem as though the narrator is on vacation. It seems instead that he has gone down there to get over a terrible breakup, though it takes a few verses to admit that it's really his fault.
4. Kokomo - Kermit the Frog The Beach Boys
I have never been to a Caribbean island or any place tropical. It is on my list of things to do before I die, alone and sad, with 45 cats. Anyway, I like the plan the narrator of this song has to "get there fast, and then we'll take it slow." Last thing you want ruining your vacation is plane delays, traffic, lost luggage, and anything that shortens the relaxing getaway part of your vacation.
5. Sand in My Shoes - Dido
This song is about the thoughts a woman has after returning from an awesome vacation. While on vacation she met an amazing lover, and though they promised to forget one another after the vacation had ended and she has to get back to her normal life, she can't stop thinking about him. She talks also about how she thought she was happy living "on a road where the cars never stop" and didn't realize how simple and wonderful it is to get on a plane and escape to a place where she can look at the sunset and take her time.
Also, she wants to see that lover again.
The music in this has just the right mix of Caribbean sort of percussion with a dance-y sort of beat that somehow (to me) manages to evoke both a hectic city life (I imagine in London because she's British) as well as a vacation on an island.
So, that's all for this week. Next week I shall probably not have a playlist (sadness) because I will still be away on my vacation. Which means I have two weeks to think of another theme. Feel free to post suggestions if there's some theme you think might be interesting. Or share your own, because why not?
What's the BEST vacation you ever had?
What songs about vacations do you like?