Sounds Of Summer Camp

I’ve been back at school for three weeks now but I have not stopped listening to my camp playlist. This summer, more than ever, music was central to my camp experience. I learned new songs on guitar and ukulele so I wouldn’t repeat songs when I sang to my cabin each night before bed (“play something we haven’t already heard” became a nightly request). For the first summer ever I didn’t get my campers right out of bed in the morning; I let them have a “snooze button song”. They were only allowed to stay in bed while “Something Like Olivia” played, and as soon as the next song came on, everyone had to be up and moving. This John Mayer tune got old, though, and when I asked for new snooze button song suggestions my campers struggled to hum the slightly electronic tune of  “Catch & Release” Deepend Remix by Matt Simons. It was a unanimous choice, probably because it is quite a bit longer than “Something Like Olivia”, but it worked just the same. Often the snooze button song was followed by “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, as that was the song my campers chose to do for their lip-synch performance. Other oldies like “Mr. Blue Sky”, “Dancing In The Moonlight”, and “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates were big hits this summer, too. And, of course, a camp playlist wouldn’t be complete without some classic camp songs – “Reflections” by MisterWives, “Brand New” by Ben Rector, and “Bright” by Echosmith. If you’re missing summer camp like me, or just want to hear some new (and old) tunes on a fancy lil playlist, listen below.



  1. September 6, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Hi, Meg – I am committing myself to support my fellow bloggers by reading at least one a day and leaving a meaningful comment.

    I’m so glad your name came up today. This playlist is just what I need as I write dry stuff about getting a teaching job and what is diversity in the classroom (sometimes freelancing is so blah, blah, blah…)

    I admire you for leading at camp and being a good example of kindness with an open mind. God bless you too, Meg. All the best at school this year…xoxox

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