The Exchange 004: Summertime

July 9, 2008

in Music,The Exchange

The new Exchange is up for the week. Let’s pretend we were out on holiday last week. The theme is Summertime: tracks that make you think of summer.


George | Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Ouxu | What They Do – The Roots
OJ | Steady Mobbin’ – Ice Cube
Eyejammy | Walking Into Sunshine – Central Line
BK | Move Ya Body – Mad Skillz
Kate | Summersend – Misha
Cye | Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes – Tanto Metro & Devonte
Marcia | Summer Wind – Madeleine Peyroux
Liz | Motown Philly – Boyz II Men
Jen | Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Sam | ATLiens – Outkast

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The Story Behind My Pick:
For the record, George and I must be separated at musical birth because I was going to pick the track he chose for this release (this keeps happening with us). I pretty much grew up in a household where secular music was never allowed, so my earliest favorite song was 1991′s Summertime.

I remember I was at my grandparent’s farm in New Mexico for the summer (as usual), and four of my cousins from Texas were also staying there for the summer. [Sidenote: don't ask me why my grandparents took in five grandkids for three months, but we were on a farm with lots of animals so there was tons of space--and work--to do.] I was introduced to secular music by my cousins, and Summertime happened to be the jam of the summer. I remember we spent a lot of time collectively listening to this track, memorizing the lyrics (knowing all the lyrics to a song was the ultimate form of freshness) by writing them down and arguing about what the Fresh Prince really said in that one line in the middle of the third verse.

However, since George took my first pick, my second pick is Motownphilly by Boyz II Men. Both tracks were released that summer, so Philly was reppin hard. I don’t think we had satellite television, but I distinctly remember sweating the music videos for these songs. All five of us would crowd around the TV and study every move and scene, especially Motownphilly. I am pretty sure we put together a dance routine to Motownphilly as well. We used to do shows all the time for my grandparents, haha.

Those were the days. 

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Adam House July 12, 2008 at 11:18 PM

This mix is going to be the first playlist on my iphone 3g. You guys are awesome!

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