…it’s better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you’re hopeful, you have more fun.
- Barbara Kingsolver
Summer is my absolute favorite season. The sun, the park, the amazing fruit at the farmers’ market... I love it all, especially the watermelon. But this record-breaking heat wave—the temperature topped 100 this weekend—has even me and my usually positive attitude drooping.
My pick-me-up? Ice cream. And since I can’t eat ice cream all day, songs about ice cream, too. Hope these help you stay cool!
Love with Arthur Lee, “The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This”
OK, the only mention of ice cream is in the title. But the rest is a mellow ode to the joys of summer.
Sarah McLachlan, “Ice Cream”
Finding a love that’s better than chocolate, better than ice cream? Sweet.
Captain Beefheart, “Ice Cream for Crow”
I have no idea what the lyrics mean, and the video was deemed too weird to air on MTV. The song is oddly catchy, though, which is what you’d expect from one of rock’s great eccentrics.
The Murmaids, “Popsicles and Icicles”
For a change of pace after the wacky Captain Beefheart, here’s some simple, straightforward girl-group goodness.
Natalie Merchant, “Bleezer’s Ice-Cream”
I have a soft spot for Natalie Merchant, going back to her days as lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs (their album In My Tribe was on heavy rotation my freshman year of college). She released a solo album in 2010 of songs adapted from children’s poems, including this one from Jack Prelutsky. You don’t have to be a kid to get a kick out of all the flavors in Ebenezer Bleezer’s freezer.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Ice Cream”
Nothin’ like some good ol’ New Orleans jazz to get your toes tapping and hands clapping! These guys know how to have a good time even in the bayou heat.
Amy Wong is the executive editor of Guideposts and was a founding editor of Positive Thinking. She lives in New York City with her adopted dog, Winky, a natural-born positive thinker who believes that everyone has a treat for her and every day is the best day of her life. Amy hopes to be that optimistic someday (she’s working on it!).