Cel­e­brate warm weather with ‘Boys of Sum­mer’ playlist

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By J ill Cluf f

Sum­mer is all about rolled down win­dows and cranked up speak­ers. For some rea­son lately I seem to only be lis­ten­ing to male artists, so here are a few of my fa­vorite sum­mer songs from a few of my fa­vorite men. Su­per­hero The Script I have long been a fan of The Script, an Irish pop/ rock band that is known for its catchy cho­ruses and bleed­ing heart con­fes­sions. With this song, the band has turned a new leaf. Rather than be­ing about a break up, it tells the tales of those who let the hard things in their life make them stronger: “Ev­ery minute, ev­ery hour / Turn that pain into power/…That’s how a su­per­hero learns to fly.” Play it for the comic book or graphic novel-lover in your life. Got to Give It Up

Marvin Gaye This was a re­cently re­dis­cov­ered track I dug out of the depths of my mu­sic col­lec­tion. I can’t lis­ten to it with­out it bring­ing a smile to my face. It’s a great song for a party – funky, soul­ful and just a bit over-the-top. Clas­sic Marvin. You Are the Best Thing

Ray La­mon­tagne Does any­one else love La­mon­tagne too? I love his grav­elly voice and folksy tunes. His songs have a time­less qual­ity to them; like you could lis­ten to them in any era and they would be­long. He has done a great job bridg­ing the gap be­tween folk and clas­sic Mo­town sound (com­plete with backup singers). It’s a sweet trib­ute for the one that you love. Im­press them by putting this on and ask­ing them to honor you with a dance.

I Lived OneRepub­lic Ever since this song came out a cou­ple of years ago, I have wanted to in­clude it in a mu­sic col­umn. It’s the ul­ti­mate “Carpe Diem” an­them. OneRepub­lic has proved re­silient in an in­dus­try of ev­er­shift­ing tastes and moods. Much of that is due to the amaz­ing voice and song­writ­ing tal­ent of their lead singer, Ryan Ted­der, who has penned songs for a ver­i­ta­ble who’s who in the mu­sic world. This one is best blasted loud out open win­dows on your sum­mer road trip.

Eric Hutchin­son Hutchin­son has yet to re­ally hit it big in the charts, which is a shame be­cause he is so tal­ented. I got the op­por­tu­nity to see him live when he opened for Kelly Clark­son last sum­mer. He was so fun and per­son­able – just like his songs. This is my get up and get go­ing in the morn­ing song. Leave the Night On

Sam Hunt I felt like I had to throw at least one coun­try song in, since the fel­las of that genre are such hand­some hunks of sum­mer. Hunt is one of those hunks, who is fast be­com­ing a coun­try/ pop cross­over. This tune is pure fun: “It’s still early out in Cali, baby, don’t you wanna rally again…/ We’ll be rolling down the win­dows, I bet you we’re catchin’ our se­cond wind/ We don’t have to go home, we can leave the night on.” This one is for the kids and teens in your life who just want to stay up “five more min­utes.”

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