ROSEMARY HARRIS: We've yakked about the summer switcheroo, changing closets, curtains and even dishes but one of my fave things - and it's easier than packing away heavy bedding and curtains - - is the summer playlist.
I'm not saying that you can't listen to The Beach Boys in November, but isn't it special to hear them when the sun is shining and you're headed for the beach? Like hearing Bruce Springsteen just as you emerge from the Holland Tunnel? The Grateful Dead in San Francisco? Frank Sinatra when you're in Vegas?
People always talk about the perfect pairing of wine and food.. After the first glass whatever it is is fine with me. Who cares?
But the perfect music can totally make the experience.
A few years back a friend of mine made an Italian playlist when a group of us were leaving for Tuscany. Everything from Tosca to Tony Bennett. Dean Martin and Dominigo Medugno Awesome. Still is. I transferred to ipod list.
The Beatles in London. Edith Piaf in Paris. Sly Stone and Chad and Jeremy at the beach. The Godfather soundtrack in Palermo. Carmen in Seville. Sidney Bechet (pictured) in New Orleans.
I can remember totally embarassing a friend when he picked me up at LAX. I popped a cd into his car's stereo and started singing to Randy Newman's I Love L.A. Okay. Not exactly subtle.
Favorite summer music? I couldn't stop singing Call Me Maybe last summer, and wonder what this year's song will be.
What's your perfect pairing of music and place or experience? Favorite summer song?
Bye bye, so long, farewell....