It’s been a while since I did a music post. Tonight, at the end of a hot summer day, I thought I might offer some of the songs that have been the soundtrack of my summer — mostly old friends, and certainly worth a listen.

First is Mark Knopfler singing “A Night in Summer Long Ago.” The wistfulness of the Irish instruments makes this a beautiful lullaby for a summer evening.

Nanci Griffith’s “Love at the Five and Dime” has played in our house more times than I can count. Here it is again.

The title of Amos Lee’s “Windows Are Rolled Down” makes me want to do just that. I love the hopeful drive of this tune.

The Indigo Girls gave us our camp theme song this summer: “Get Out the Map.” I can’t help but sing along.

James Taylor sings, “Never give up, never slow down, never grow old, never ever die young,” and life is just better.

The Decembrists have become a favorite band over the last couple of years and “June Hymn” is one of the best.

When my dad died last year, Patty Griffin’s “Go Wherever You Want to Go” was bread for the journey. This summer it has made a return and let me sing along as we observed the first anniversary. The more I hear it, I find deep hope in this song.

Here’s hoping you find something with which you can sing along.




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