As the hotter days and comfortably cool nights begin to roll in, summer parties become more common. Just the right music will make the difference between a memorable event or one that's likely to be forgotten by the following weekend.

Whether it's Seals and Croft's "Summer Breeze," or Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," there are those songs that just seem to conjure that summertime feeling.

We've asked some locals what are some of their "must" CDs for a summer party.

Jayne Taylor, owner of A Spirit Touch, said The Voice of Enigma and Third Force's "Higher Octave" are two CDs that stimulate her brain and body.

"It's very different and sensual music," Taylor said. "Summer and sensuality and positive feelings."

Taylor said Enigma is much more sensual, while Third Force is more upbeat, fun and positive.

Jeff Ruff, owner of Steamboat Fishing Co., said he's 40-years-old, so most of the people he'd invite to his summer party would be close to that age also.

Hence, the Beach Boys would be a must.

"First I'd do a little of Eric Clapton's new CD, 'Reptile,' then do a little Beach Boys," Ruff said.

Ruff said when it comes to the Beach Boys, no specific song is necessary just let the greatest hits run.

Sarah Iverson, sales associate at Pink, said her picks would involve any music that gets you jazzed up or reminds you of something good in the summer.

"Something like Dave Matthews because I always go to concerts in the summer," Iverson said.

Iverson said cheesy, feel-good oldies always do the trick, but she would choose a little hip hop to liven up the party.

Laura Dickerson of Timberline Furniture and Carpet agreed that the Beach Boys can give anyone that summertime feeling, but she also added any of Will Smith's jams.

"Summer jams are the best anything that makes people wiggle," Dickerson said. "You know, when you're out there volleyballing ... the oldies but goodies are all danceable stuff."

Compiled by Kelly Silva


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