Growing up in the Midwest, trends in fashion, music, and even slang often took a while to enter my life. And those really of-the-moment trends? Well, let’s just say they were already out of style everywhere else by the time Southern Illinois got a hold of them.
Thankfully today we live in an era where social media and Perez Hilton alike keep us freshly updated with all things trendy. We even have Internet radio stations and satellite radio in many cars so the whole country can hear the same music at the same time.
So really there’s no excuse not to already know and love the songs and bands I’m going to list below. No excuse, unless you’re like me and are still experiencing a little Southern Illinois slowdown in your life. Some trends filter through quickly and others take some warm-up time. It’s a relief, then, knowing that great music never goes out of style.
So that’s what I’ve been listening to lately. You could call this a summer playlist because it would be a proper companion to doing a lot of summer-type things: island-hopping, washing the car, and hitting the farmers’ market. But not all of these songs are brand new. Still, I encourage you to give them a try. The library has copies of everything listed above. Who knows? Much like a random road trip, you may discover something great.