I believe I first heard the Marvels cover of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" on some Soul Jazz comp a few years ago and while I can't say I like it more than Aretha's (I can't say that), there is a sort of infectiousness that I can't help but move my head to. "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas might be known for lending itself to "Hotline Bling," and Neil Young's new wave cover of his Buffalo Springfield song might be off an album some people consider his lesser work, stuff he did to get out of a contract, but I'm a fan. The songs on this mix don't really tell much of a story, but they do sort of sum up a general feeling.
The part of summer where the days just drag on is upon us. During the last bits of July into August, I do this thing where I open my closet with my jackets hanging up and I just stare. I start cursing the heat, humidity, and general feeling that I just want the season to finally come to a close. It's a very fatalist way of thinking, because I do love summer – I just grow tired of solstice seasons the longer they go, it doesn't matter which one. I'm annoying like that. I take seasons for granted, but I also get anxious. I know summer has to end, and I'm never OK with that. So I start to slowly turn my back on it.
Listening to these songs, for whatever reason, helps me savor these long, hot days.