When most people think of the beach – particularly North Myrtle Beach, they evoke memories of what you’d expect: warm sunny days, the smell of salt in the air, or feel of sand between your toes. There’s also plenty of wonderful and unique restaurants, attractions, and natural beauty here in North Myrtle Beach that make for lasting and profound experiences. One of the most powerful, overlooked, and tucked-away in the back of our minds feeling is that of Musical Memory.
We all have that favorite artist, song, or genre that plays in our minds when we think of Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach. I bet if you closed your eyes right now and thought about one of your trips to the beach, you could hear the soundtrack of your experience playing. Music is tied to so many important events and helps to create sticky notes in our memories that help us hold on to the best of times. The Grand Strand is the perfect year-round drive-to destination on the East Coast and has several seasons that bring travelers looking to escape their worries and relax. During these times, we listen to positive, upbeat music that help us set the mood for our trip. Whether you are coming down for a graduation, Spring Break, a golf outing, a romantic getaway, or the classic family vacation – there’s always that one song that we hear that imprints on our memory. No matter your age, you have that one song (or more) that instantly puts your feet in the sand. Some folks might hear Bob Marley, are transported to a beach chair, and can feel the warm waves lazily lapping over their feet. Others might hear “Call Me Maybe” and remember how it was played practically EVERYWHERE that one summer (Seriously – it was on loop at Barefoot Landing, The Boardwalk, and EVERY miniature golf course down here!). What baby boomer doesn’t want to jump in the car and go to Ocean Drive when they hear “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys?
The Grand Strand is famous for many great things, however it’s main artistic contribution comes from the fantastic genre of “Beach Music”, which originated in the 60’s and is still very popular today. Beach Music finds its roots in Motown and is extremely upbeat, is easy to “Shag” to (our official state dance!). It features lyrics, horns, and a style that just makes folks feel good. To thousands of yearly travelers who make several pilgrimages to the Ocean Drive Area for S.O.S. (Society of Stranders) celebrations, there is no better musical memory than Beach Music. Older artists like the TAMS and Catalinas are still making fantastic music and touring today. They help to keep the memories rolling. Many newer artists like Rick Strickland, Gary Lowder, Tim Clark, Blackwater, and the Band of Oz are becoming the soundtrack for great new memories and experiences.
Now that we have a good idea of how important Musical Memory is to our Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach experiences, let’s take a look at some of the Avista Resort staff’s favorite “Beach Jams”:
Jason – “Cruel Summer” – Bananarama
Kaila – “Surfin’ USA” – The Beach Boys
Kitty – “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett
Neka – “I Love Beach Music” – The Embers
Jim – “Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters
Cindy – “Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters
Lee – “Crusin’” – Smokey Robinson
Don – “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
Tracey – “I Love Beach Music” – The Embers
Danielle – “Island in the Sun” – Weezer
Heather – “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” – Kenny Chesney
Aro – “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses
What is YOUR Beach Jam? Let us know and we’ll choose one lucky winner to receive a fabulous Avista prize! Let us know in a reply below or under this post on Facebook. Keep making those memories and crankin’ up those tunes!
Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation experiences. Having served on the front lines and behind the scenes of the premier vacation providers of the Grand Strand, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.