Summer Mix

June 17, 2007

Do you ever wish your life had a soundtrack? I do, and sometimes I feel compelled to make one. A couple summers ago, I made a playlist called “Soundtrack for the Summer” and compiling such a mix has quickly become a summer tradition of mine. So here is my Soundtrack for Summer ’07.

1. No Two Ways About It—Jeff Golub. While this particular song has no words, it’s smooth mixture of electric and classical guitar with jazzy keys and drums clearly says Southern California summer.

2. Everything’s Right—Matt Wertz. “Nostalgia’s thick as the August air.” This song gets in the mix on pure nostalgia. I had never heard this song before out IBEX Year End Show, but now it reminds me of all the good times I had with the SPO’7 crew in Israel.

3. Taylor—Jack Johnson. I remember listening to this song with my brother Billy as we washed his car on the front lawn on an early summer Saturday. I said, “I think we just found the song of the summer.” Jack Johnson’s music is summer, and you can’t have a summer mix without it.

4. Closer—Travis. My Tuesday back in the States, Travis released it’s first new album since my junior year of high school. This was the first song I heard from the album, and as soon as I heard the acoustic guitar intro, I knew Travis was back to making great music.

5. Ever Closer—Godsong. This song is short, simple, serene, Scriptural, sweet and definitely on my summer mix. I listened to this song over and over at the end of IBEX as I prepared to come back to the States. You should check it out.

6. Stop This Train—John Mayer. I think I have put this song in every playlist I have made since I bought this album in December…seriously.

7. Put Your Records On—Corinne Bailey Rae My friends Beth and Esther introduced me to this song. I did not think much of it at first listen, but when I found myself whistling the tune days later, I downloaded it and added it to my Summer Mix.

8. The Power of Love—Huey Lewis & The News. I’m not sure what it is—the sweet guitar parts, the happy lyrics, or the thought of Marty McFly in a life preserve—but this song is just straight up fun. Something peppy, something snappy…

9. Jerusalem—Matisyahu. I spent the last three and half months living about ten miles from Jerusalem with IBEX. This was kind of like our theme song.

10. This Side of Your Life—Reilly. My old Bible teacher pointed this song out to me and told me it reminded him of me. That’s funny because this song definitely reminds me of him.

11. The Heart of Life—John Mayer. This is another one of those Mayer tunes that inevitably finds its way into my playlists.

12. Clinging to the Cross—Tim Hughes. My first Sunday back in the States, I was introduced to this song at True North—the high school group at Compass Bible Church. “Even darkness is as light to you, my Lord/So light the way and lead me home.”

13. Talk of the Town—Jack Johnson. Whenever I hear this song, I seriously thank God for music. I think it’s impossible to listen to this song and not be relaxed.

14. Only Wanna Be With You—Hootie and the Blowfish. I have to admit this song is a little bit old school, but I’ve always been able to empathize with the line “I’m such a baby ‘cause the Dolphins make me cry.”

15. Saved by Grace—Shane & Shane. I started listening to these guys more while I was in Israel. They have great vocals, talented guitar parts, and very Scriptural lyrics. This song is one of their best.

16. Under the Moonlight—Travis. Another great song from a new great album by Travis.

17. Your Smiling Face—James Taylor. On my first day at home in Summer ’04, I went to Best Buy and bought James Taylor’s “Best Of” CD, and that album quickly became the soundtrack for that summer.

18. Good Vibrations—Beach Boys. Come on, now, you can’t get more summer than the Beach Boys.

19. Don’t Stop Believin’—Journey. Somehow this song got a lot of playtime at Survival Camp last summer, and somehow it ended up in this year’s summer playlist.

20. Lead of Love—Caedmon’s Call. Whether I’m looking back at the last four years, the last four months, the last four weeks, or even the last four days, it’s clear to see that God has been lovingly leading me down paths I did not expect to travel to make me more like himself. And I’m excited how he is going to continue to do that this summer.