I struggle in the middle of the afternoon and early evening. Especially in the warmth of summer.

It’s almost as if the glare is too bright for me, but I also feel like I’m missing out on all of the things other people—normal people—do. On the other hand, I really enjoy my evenings and nights, valuing the stillness and quiet, the sights and sounds, flying my kites and listening to baseball and going through astronomy guidebooks. That really is my time, so I have no complaints.

But that’s not to say that the time during the day is easy to pass. I used to have a song here or there that would kind of encapsulate the mood for me in a positive way. Moby’s “Inside” did a nice job of that, reminding me of hot, humid summer days in suburban Chicago. The days where you just want to stay in, keep the blinds partially shut, and hear the whoosh of the air conditioning through floor ducts.

A few years ago, when I was working in a remote resort town in Michigan, we didn’t generally have that luxury. You had to just get on with it in the dust of the hot, sun-baked afternoons. I don’t much like living out of a bag someplace that isn’t home, so once again music kind of came to the rescue. This time it was the album Anjunabeats Worldwide 3.

Great mixes on that one. A few different tracks there have caught my ear in the four years since I bought it. Lately, seeming to fit even better in the hot Nevada sun than in the dusty, gravel trails near Lake Superior, it’s been “Aura” by Genix. Check it out:

It’s the middle of the day here. I have a few errands to run, and it is thankfully nowhere near as warm as it has been. But looking out into that very bright sky, this is still the track that gets me there. And through to the evening.

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