Alec Kerr's summer soundtrack is diverse in the 21st century

It ranges from this ('Summertime in Wintertime' (2004) by Badly Drawn Boy), of which Alec says, "An eclectic performer who throws different genres at will into a Brit-pop formula. This particular track jams along with Jethro Tull-esque flute wailing in the background." Amazing flute! To this: 'Summer in the City' (2006), by Regina Spektor. Alec says, "This is not a cover of the Lovin' Spoonful song, but a simple piano-based ballad that is full of yearning and Spektor's quirky singing style." (Also contains, by some standards, adult content.)

To this: Foo Fighters, in 2007, with 'Summer's End.' Alec says, "Foo Fighters remain one of the most reliable sources of pure, unpretentious pop-rock. Here frontman Dave Grohl adds a country flavor to a driving '70s rock formula to excellent effect."

The good news is, summer isn't over yet, no matter what the song says, and neither is Alec's list. More anon...