The Songs of Summer, Day 12: ‘Your Summer Dream’ by The Beach Boys
It’s a gray, rainy Sunday here today, but it’s still summer. Day 12 of my Songs of Summer is about the right time for another Beach Boys tune. I have to pace myself, because The Beach Boys are the songs of summer, to a large extent.
As I believe I’ve mentioned before, many of these summer songs are about the perfect summer. The perfect summer day. The perfect beach. The perfect wave. The perfect girl. (or boy.) The perfect summer romance. But let’s be honest: Most summer days are not perfect. You could argue that none of them are perfect. But that’s what summer songs are for; to create the perfect summer in our imagination.
So while the gentle rain falls outside, I’m looking for just the right gentle summer song. ‘Your Summer Dream’ seems to fit. From their third studio album Surfer Girl (which was their second album released in 1963), ‘Your Summer Dream’ was just filler to round out the album, and was never released as a single, so it’s not one of the Beach Boy’s better known songs. But with Brian Wilson’s warm lead vocals, it’s a beautiful little track. We all dream about the perfect summer day; this song makes a nice soundtrack to that day, whether we ever find it or not.