As we drove along the M4 last Sunday, heading towards Westonbirt Arboretum for some tree-climbing and forest craft, the sun beat down from a clear, azure sky and there was a very strong desire to sing some 'old school' classics at the top of my voice.
And when I say 'old school', I am talking about cheese from the 1990s.
I fished out the Summer CD from the side pocket, the one I bought from Marks & Spencer when I worked there aged 19. It was the CD that was blasted forth from the swimwear section, and I may have done some sneaky skipping of tracks to avoid the Dire Straits numbers, but by and large it was a great compilation; full of sunshine, mellow base tracks, and laughter.
It reminds me of a Summer filled with balmy evenings spent with my mates in pub beer gardens, of long walks with my best friend to the nature reserve to sunbathe, of pizza in the park for my 19th birthday, of the carefree ways that young adults have when the world is their oyster and full of promise.
And so I have a selection of songs that for are my feel-good driving songs, and because it's Summer and everyone feels the same way, please excuse the naffness of these tracks!
And so it happened that on our return journey last Sunday, The Boy happened to ask for the 'only' song to be put on again. Exchanging a surprised, yet pleased look with my husband in the rear-view mirror, track 19 was played for him. Again and again. And once more for luck.
You can see the video of him singing it here.
For everyone else, this is it. Cheesey Chesney at his best (although I hadn't realised quite how cheesey the video was until now).
This post is one that I was going to write anyway because I do like a bit of 1990s' naffness, however I then discovered a competition from MoneySupermarket which asks bloggers to share their Ultimate Summer Driving Playlist. It's a fun idea with a serious message behind it, "THINK! research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep or tiredness related. Long journeys on motorways can lead to a lack of concentration and, as well as other preventative measures, listening to songs you love can be a great way to stay alert and focused on the road."
Plus it's good fun!
And that's why I'd like you to share your songs with me. I've not taken part in a good old meme in ages, so I'm tagging the following to share their Summer songs with me:
Please don't wait to be tagged though, I'd love it if you'd join in and share your songs with me. And if you are quick and follow the link to the MoneySuperMarket competition, you could be in with a chance of receiving £20.