A great summer album is all about mood. It should sound good in an old car, cheap Bluetooth speakers at the beach or your best headphones. It can be uplifting yet mellow, inspiring yet familiar, trendy or a beloved oldie.
On the first sunny day of summer I find myself reaching for my ragged old copy of the soundtrack from The Harder They Come. The movie and album both star Jimmy Cliff and I find that arrangement of Reggae to be just the right way to slip into summer.
Steep in that sweet summer sound.