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COLUMN: When the sun comes up, turn your music up, too


Jeff Lynne, center, performs with the Electric Light Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins, background center, on Sept. 9, 2016, at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. Tribune News Service Buy Photos

Spring is a beautiful time. Winter coats are shed and smiles are plastered on everyone’s faces up until the next snowstorm in April hits.

Listening to the right music as the seasons change is key to making the most out of the warm weather. 

The sun feels hotter if something upbeat is pumping through your headphones. You’re more likely to be in a smile-at-a-stranger mood listening to “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Lights Orchestra than you are listening to “Mad World” by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews. While it’s not scientifically proven, I think we can all agree that it’s pretty true.

As the seasons change and the flowers bloom, so do we. We shed the dry skin that accompanies winter and become hydrated, glowing people enjoying the sunshine in shorts, even when it’s only 60 degrees.

It only feels right to shed the Bon Iver we’ve been listening to all winter and latch onto something new. So to help out with the process, I have a couple of artists and songs perfect for the warm weather.

I would recommend starting with “Mr. Blue Sky” by the English rock band Electric Lights Orchestra. I mentioned it earlier, but as soon as the sun comes out, this is a great one to get spirits up as high as possible.

What’s better than walking to class and hearing jumpy beats and the lyrics “It’s a beautiful new day” coming through those Apple earbuds you bought in a sad, winter stupor?

I’ve written about both of these artists before, but if you’re looking for an upbeat indie artist or an exciting new rap group for the new season, Rex Orange County or BROCKHAMPTON are great choices. 

I recommend starting with “Sunflower” by Rex Orange County and “HOTTIE” by BROCKHAMPTON for optimal happiness. If you enjoy Rex Orange County, self-produced singer and songwriter Gus Dapperton is a great option for you, too.

Another great indie option for the weather change is indie singer, songwriter and musician Declan McKenna. McKenna’s energetic “Brazil” and electric “Why Do You Feel So Down” are great choices to accompany you on a sunshine-filled walk to class.

There are some classics that are good for all actions and instances under the sun and cannot be ignored during the summer season. These classics include “Modern Love” and “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie, or “Good Times Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin. The songs are great to turn the radio up and drive to, or they make a great soundtrack as you drink your coffee and sit on the porch to watch the traffic.

Music for walking to class is important, but music for driving with the windows down as the weather gets warmer is just as important. Plug your phone into the aux cord, roll your windows down, search “It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy,” by Passion Pit and find the nearest highway.

There’s an air of freedom that surrounds the summer, particularly the beginning right after classes end, and Passion Pit is the perfect artist to ring in that independence with – classes are over, and it’s not your fault you’re happy about it!

Enjoy the beauty that accompanies the warm weather with the right soundtrack. These songs are just a few options to accompany you as you bask in the sun, and hopefully they assist you in making the absolute most of the hot seasons.

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