Back in early March I decided to start working on a dual playlist for the impending summer season. At the time, I was watching season two of The OC and pondering my dream career as a music supervisor. Thus, these are all songs I would use in scoring the show had it stayed on the air past season four.
California Sunrise is meant for the quiet moments of laying next to the pool or taking a nap in the afternoon. These are the mellow scenes on The OC - when Sandy and Kirsten are trying to keep it together at the end of the episode, or Seth is moping around the house as he waits for Ryan to return. Songs like this capture the romance and emotion; they are the ones that stay with you and attach themselves to your psyche.
West Coast, on the other hand, is the party mix. These gems play as we get sweeping helicopter shots of Orange County, Newport Beach, or even the boys’ trips to Providence or Berkeley. Maybe there’s a bonfire party on the beach or Luke returns triumphantly from Portland to host a huge kegger. We could even be lucky enough to see the gang head out for a night at the Bait Shop and see The Cold War Kids perform. Regardless, you’ll be rocking out to this playlist all summer.
California Sunrise - Spotify or Download
West Coast - Spotify or Download
Programming note: These are both listed as alpha by artist - rearrange as you wish, put them on shuffle, or just enjoy them in order.