It’s February — an odd time for an island time playlist. But, there’s something about chilly weather in February that leaves me dreaming of summertime.
So, put on some beach ASMR on your surround sound, put this playlist on your stereo, layout a blanket, and have a living room picnic. Create your own warmth and imagine the island breeze.
Like any of these tracks? Support the artist and consider going old school by buying a CD, going hipster with vinyl, or snagging the mp3s.
Zac Brown Band — “Knee Deep”
“Gonna put the world away for a minute; Pretend I don’t live in it; Sunshine gonna wash my blues away”
Royal Deluxe — “It Don’t Get Better Than This”
“I’ve got that blue sky; I’ve got that sunshine; just like the birds that fly; oh oh; singing this sweet songs; like nothing could be wrong.”
Ingrid Michaelson— “You and I”
“Don’t you worry, there my honey; we might not have any money; but we’ve got our love to pay the bills.”
Toots & The Maytals — “Take Me Home, Country Road”
“Almost heaven, West Jamaica; true ridge mountains, shining down the river; all my friends there, older than those ridge; younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.”
The Beach Boys — “Kokomo”
“Off the Florida Keys, there’s a place called Kokomo; that’s where you want to go to get away from it all; bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand; we’ll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band; down in Kokomo.”
Michael Buble — “All I Do Is Dream of You”
“And were there more than twenty-four hours in a day; oh they’d be spent in sweet content just dreamin’ away”
Lennon & Maisy — “Boom Clap”
“You are the light and I will follow; you let me lose my shadow; you are the sun, the glowing halo; and you keep burning me up with all of your love.”
Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson — “Coconut Tree”
“Way up high in a coconut tree; layin’ low, just my baby and me; sunny skies as far as I can see; high up in a coconut tree.”
Jason Polley — “Wake Me Up”
“So wake me up; to greet the dawn; and use my time; before it’s gone
and as I walk through the valley; I fear no harm, no harm.”
Bobby McFerrin — “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
“Ain’t got no place to lay your head; somebody came and took your bed; don’t worry, be happy; the landlord say your rent is late; he may have to litigate; don’t worry, be happy.”
Bob Marley & The Wailers — “Three Little Birds”
“Woke up this morning, smile with the rising sun (Yeah-Yeah!); three little birds, pitched by my doorstep (Yo-Yo!); singing sweet songs (hey now), of melodies pure and true (Hey now!)”
Van Morrison — “Brown Eyed Girl”
“Standing in the sunlight laughing; hiding behind a rainbow’s wall; slipping and sliding; all along the waterfall, with you.”
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