As spring scents tumble through the village of Sharon Springs, and new products are laid out in the mercantile in their perfect packaging, we felt it was the perfect time to bring some new aural treats into the shop for our visitors. The Mercantile playlist has grown quite lengthy over the past year. While it’s a much better rotation than when the shop first opened and Brent played only one Natalie Merchant album over and over, I do think Megan might lose it if she has to hear Fleet Foxes just one more time. There are some amazing artists that have emerged in recent months, and while many of us crank the radio whenever Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” comes on, you’re truly missing out if you haven’t heard the infectious happiness of “In Your Light.” And the sweeping storytelling found in the Of Monsters and Men album is so catchy, we often play the album in it’s entirety.

Up With the Birds – Coldpay
40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Eyes Wide Open – Gotye
In Your Light – Gotye
When I Fall Asleep – The Head and the Heart
Cats and Dogs (Alternate Version) – The Head and the Heart
Wait – M83
Primitive Girl – M. Ward
Wild Goose – M. Ward
From Finner – Of Monsters and Men
Six Weeks – Of Monsters and Men
Orion & Dog – Sea Wolf
Turn the Dirt Over – Sea Wolf
The Orchard – Sea Wolf


Have you picked your official song of summer?  Tell us in the comments section below and maybe it will make the Mercantile mix!

by Angela Rae Berg

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Hey Patti Heyes,

In Detroit we changed Dancing in the Streets to Dancing in the Seats for our Detroit Tiger games. Gotta love Motown.

Christine Marmai

Summertime from Porgy and Bess

All time favorite don't know how I forgot it in my first e-mail.

Christine Marmai

Sailing – Christopher Cross

Hold On My Heart – Genesis, Phil Collins

Love Shack – B52's

Natalie H

There's this amazing song that sums up young love that would always come right around the beginning of summer and reminds me of those feelings and being young, its called Tongue tied by group love.

Lori Byon

I am so happy to see Sea Wolf on the list! Give Iron & Wine a try as well. In the summer I love me some Bread and James Taylor.

Jean Quilter

3 songs always make me think of summer- Crocodile Rock, Summer Breeze & Dancing In The Moonlight. Guess it shows my age too!

Suzan Sawyer

I have two. Love Shack by the B52's . How about the Kink's "Sunny Afternoon"? It's a little dark but maybe ok..


Ok~ it's so hard to limit it to one or two songs when the talent is endless. So, I have to add two more. "Hey Mr. Tamberine Man" and (IMHO this is perfect for the farm/Merch). To Everything , Turn Turn Turn.


I meant to add this to my post The Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer". That would be great for the Merch.


One of my all time favorite songs is "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard". It's a fun catchy song.

Other fun summer songs are "Summertime in the City" "The Green Leaves of Summer" and just about anything by mr. Parrot head himself.

M.J. Merk

It's an oldie and I can't remember the name of the artist, "Here Comes Summer" and Percy Faith's "Theme from a Summer Place"

Thanks for asking.


Victor G. Leon

I am from San Diego, CA, the southwest. I love and appreciate what you guys have given! Culinary tips, literary style, you are the tops! You need some Lila Downs in your music mix. I recommend "Besame Mucho" from La Sandunga or her rendition of Woody Guthrie "Pastures of Plenty/This Land is Your Land" from La Linea, Although it has southwest subtext, it speaks of us responding to the land as Americans and the importance of cultivating and harvesting from mother soil. Love you guys! Thanks for being yourselves 🙂

Paul New

"Hang Loose," "Rise to the Sun," or "Heavy Chevy" all by Alabama Shakes!

Patti Heyes

Phew. Marcia opened the door for really golden oldies:

Summer in the City–The Lovin' Spoonful

Dancing in the Streets–Martha and the Vandellas

I vote for Love Shack, too!


Additional recommendations:

"Spun" – Grouplove (also "Colors" and "Tongue Tied on this album)

"The Sparrow and the Medicine" — The Tallest Man on Earth

"Another Sunny Day" — Belle and Sebastian

Sue Tobin

Fields of Gold Eva Cassidy

And for Autumn–

Autumn Leaves Eva Cassidy


Levi Kreis's SO MUCH BETTER, dropping this August, but check out his facebook page or website to hear it now…

Sheila Romano

The B52's Love Shack! It is just an upbeat song that makes me want to dance,sing and makes all of the troubles of the day just melt away!


Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy


Sunshine on my Shoulders – John Denver

Yes, I'm showing my age.