This week, we reversed the numbers and made a tape with nostalgic tunes from the summer of 1969, a time way before mixtapes even existed.
Summer in the late 60s in Southwest Harbor, Maine — the intense verdant green of the short summer in coastal Maine. Being banished with my brother to the third floor of a creaky old Victorian summer home with a secret room at the top of the turret. Vietnam was on the news at night, there were hippies up the hill who were sunbathing nude. Thunderstorms were truly scary and a couple of little boys owned the third floor and its secret turret room. For entertainment we would tune our AM radio into whatever we could get. Most frequently it was a rock station out of Boston that seemed impossibly far away, and tinny mono versions of these tunes wafted loudly through the dusty air of our summer paradise.
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Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "All Along The Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix
He burned his guitar? Vaguely threatening music. We were too young to appreciate his brilliance.
2. "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" - The Temptations
Serial cheater, drugs, a footloose life. Dad??
3. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" - Marvin Gaye
Who doesn't love another musical genius of the day?? Tap your feet and think about a late Valentine.
4. "Joy To The World" - Three Dog Night
I still sing this today to embarrass the children.
5. "Born To Be Wild" - Steppenwolf
Black lights, turtlenecks — get the motorcycle out and feel the freedom of the open road.
6. "Brandy" - Looking Glass
We all secretly long to be the Old Spice man.
7. "Do The Locomotion" - Grand Funk Railroad
A golden album cover that opened up to a nude photo of the band sitting on hay bales. My mother was scandalized?
8. "Spill The Wine" - Eric Burdon & War
We had to wait another ten years or so to take the acid that went with this song.
9. "Bad Moon Rising" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Werewolves?? [Ed Note: We're not talking about Jacob here, folks.
10. "House Of The Rising Sun" - The Animals
The quintessential tune of the time.
: According to our readers, we missed a very important one.
11. "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" - Otis Redding