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We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?

Fifty years ago I fell in love with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and I still cannot resist the urge to stand up and dance when I hear it now. It reminds me of a carefree time in my life, and also a period when music was central to who I was. I love Soul music, but what a battle it waged with the British invasion, even though, at some elemental level, they had a lot in common.

I still want to be as carefree as I once was, and while I at peace with who I am today, I’m all over the place when it comes to music — my tastes are more eclectic — as opposed to when I was 18-25 and my tastes were predictable for my age. While cleaning out my father-in-law’s house (he passed away last October), we found a 78 rpm recording of the Pearl Fishers Duet, Je Croix Entre, with Robert Merrill and Jussi Bjorling. Their rendition is classic, but many others are outstanding, too. Love it.

Recently my husband, daughter and I attended a John Mayer Concert in Richmond, VA. Outstanding! He’s not only one of THE BEST guitarists around, but I love his lyrics. I was hooked with “Real World” because I related so much to the lyrics, and the false but poignant reality of high school, the expectations, the confusions, the self-analysis.

Mayer’s songs are often more commentaries or reflections on life or relationships rather than just you run-of-the-mill love songs. I get where he coming from listening to lyrics from “Stop This Train”. How fast life is speeding by –I know the feeling well!

Finally, who could find fault and feel down after listing to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. It will me of this year the most. I’m also partial to it because of the wonderful  remake that “I Love Richmond” made of it it to promote the city. My daughter lives there and loves it — it’s a really a vibrant place, artistic, happening place.

“Happy” fits this summer, and it’s a song that will stick with me a long time, and always pull me into singing along.