Linen Shirts and Lemonade, a Mix on Spotify by Max Wastler

Linen Shirts & Lemonade

I’d like to resurrect the slow dance.

Yes, I know. It’s not really dead, but its prominence at casual social gatherings among my friends and loved ones has diminished continually throughout my life. I recall a time as a young boy seeing couples at backyard barbecues swaying their hips between sips from a bottle of Bartles & Jaymes or a tall, gold can of Coors, the light butt taps in time on pastel-colored madras shorts and flirty sundresses, the meeting of the eyes, the widening of the smile, the soft nuzzle, and then the emphatic twirl.

Affectionately called “Linen Shirts & Lemonade,” this is a mix of tunes that comprised much of my summer, a summer spent soaking up my last days as a Chicagoan, strutting my way through Mississippiboot-scooting across the southern United States, bobbing along the rushing Colorado River waters, spinning my legs and my dizzy head up a Vail trail, and driving — oh my, the driving — all over California. As I was compiling them for you to enjoy at your Labor Day weekend festivities, I came to realize many of these songs rekindled that swaying late-summer yard party that I miss so much. Listen. You can hear it: arriving to the buzz of a cocktail hour that’s louder than the croak of a cicada field, hitting the dance floor hard with a skip in your step and your hands in the air, and then searching into the dark of night for your sweetheart to tell her that you love her and then give her a nice firm turn and careful dip. And after you have wound your way down a moonlit road, you stand with her in the doorway, unsure if those are the stars in her eyes or the shine of affection. You end the night with a kiss, salty and sweet and better than any dessert created by man or God. Sunday Candy.

Thank you for continuing to follow my playlists. And thank you to all the laborers who keep this country working as well as it does. I hope this mix, Linen Shirts & Lemonade, truly does aid in your enjoyment of a much-deserved day off.

Linen Shirts & Lemonade on Spotify

Here it is on Apple Music.

  1. Shel Silverstein – Hug o’ War
  2. Patrinell Staten – I Let A Good Man Go
  3. Soul Survivors – Expressway to Your Heart
  4. J.J. Jackson – But It’s Alright
  5. Skyy – Call Me
  6. 3rd Bass – The Gas Face
  7. Poor Righteous Teachers – Rock Dis Funky Joint
  8. Gang Starr – Step in the Arena
  9. John Holt – Sister Big Stuff
  10. The Kinks – Picture Book
  11. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers – Mr. Saturday Night
  12. Eric Clapton – Can’t Let You Do It
  13. Wilco – Someone to Lose
  14. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
  15. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions And Math
  16. Manu Chao – Bongo Bong
  17. Three Dog Night – Shambala
  18. Shake Russell – Troubles
  19. Grateful Dead – Fire On The Mountain
  20. Old & In The Way – Wild Horses
  21. Van Morrison & Brooks Arthur – Sante Fe / Beautiful Obsession
  22. Bill Withers – Sweet Wanomi
  23. JJ Grey & Mofro – Tupelo Honey
  24. Faces – Love Lives Here
  25. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – No Reason to Cry
  26. Doc Watson – Deep River Blues
  27. Dave Rawlings Machine – Sweet Tooth
  28. Willie Watson – Bring It With You When You Come
  29. Paul Simon – Peace Like a River
  30. Whiskeytown – Everything I Do
  31. Joe South – Games People Play
  32. Tony Joe White – I Want You
  33. Paul Revere & The Raiders – Powder Blue Mercedes Queen
  34. Junction – Sorcerer
  35. The Guess Who – Ramblin Gamblin Man
  36. Marcia Griffiths – Here I Am Baby
  37. Vulfpeck – Back Pocket
  38. James Taylor – Day Tripper
  39. Donny Hathaway – Magnificent Sanctuary Band
  40. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  41. Isaac Delusion – Midnight Sun
  42. Loudon Wainwright III – Hollywood Hopeful
  43. Vince Bell – Sun & Moon & Stars
  44. Gene & Debbe – Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  45. George Harrison – Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
  46. Bob Wills – Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)
  47. Josh Garrels – Farther Along
  48. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy

You can find the whole thing, Linen Shirts & Lemonade on Spotify and Apple Music.