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.