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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Time now for our latest conversation about summer songs. We're asking people to tell us about a song that reminds them of summer that's connected with a certain memory or place. Yesterday on the program, I talked with singer/songwriter Maia Sharp about her new CD, "Echo." And today, she shares a memory that's etched in her mind from a summer day when she was 11 years old.

Ms. MAIA SHARP (Singer; Songwriter): I was playing baseball at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park in Los Angels, California. I played hardball with the guys from age like five to 15. I was a total jock. And I was usually the only girl on the team. In fact, I think there were only two girls in the entire league. And I remember early in the season, I would show up and the eyes would roll, not just from the players, but from the fathers who were like, oh, God, we got the girl.

BLOCK: Oh, I bet.

Ms. SHARP: You know, like, she's going to be such a liability. So, very early in the season, first or second game, there's a man on…

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHARP: …there's somebody on first, second and third, we're down by two and I'm the one who's up. It is the last innings, this is our last chance. And I know that there were fathers in the stands like, oh, God, here we go, we've lost. And I creamed it over the leftfielder's head. It was such a glorious moment. And I'm sure it was helped by the fact that he had moved up because, you know, because the girl was up.

BLOCK: Oh, he didn't expect very much.

Ms. SHARP: I love it. Move up all the way to the dirt line if you want to here, buddy. So, we won the game and on the way over to our celebratory shake and fries. We're in the station wagon and there's a mixed tape and "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon is playing.

(Soundbite of song, "Kodachrome")

Mr. PAUL SIMON (Singer): (Singing) Kodachrome. They give us those nice bright colors. They give us the greens of summers. Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah. I got a Nikon camera…

Ms. SHARP: It was always a favorite and it was a perfect moment for that song to play.

BLOCK: So, that song is going to always be connected for you with complete utter triumph.

Ms. SHARP: Triumph, you know, the coming through in the clutch, the celebration, the kind of, I showed them. Yeah, all of it. It's amazing what a song can do. It's like a smell. It brings back everything.

(Soundbite of song, "Kodachrome")

Mr. SIMON: (Singing) Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away.

Ms. SHARP: My very first dream was to be the first woman in the Major Leagues.

BLOCK: You've got to keep working on that.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHARP: It might be out of reach at this point.

(Soundbite of song, "Kodachrome")

Mr. SIMON: (Singing) Mama, don't take my Kodachrome. Mama, don't take my Kodachrome. Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away.

BLOCK: Singer Maia Sharp with her song of summer. We'd like to hear about your musical summer memories. Just go to npr.org and click on Contact Us.

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