Summer (She Can Do What She Wants)

by To Wake You

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You are in a long Scandinavian winter wondering where Summer could be.

Then you’re in the blistering California heat wondering when Summer might give you a break.

Our pleadings to Summer fill a lifetime and span the spectrum.

Sooner or later, each of us is bowing down in deference to that which is beyond us.

Summer - like the whole of nature - can do what she wants.

The new single “Summer (She Can Do What She Wants)” from To Wake You is a catchy, hummable tune about all of this, with a steady beat to tap your feet to, and a delicious sonic landscape of harp and guitars to lose yourself in.

“Summer (She Can Do What She Wants)” is the latest chapter in the musical marriage between Denmark’s Karoline Hausted and California’s Mark Davis (Hausted, a Danish Music Award nominee for her song Alarm and Davis, receiver of an Album of the Decade award for You Came Screaming from The Los Angeles Times). It was recorded in San Luis Obispo, California before the couple managed to hop over the Atlantic to spend the pandemic year working on a new home in Denmark. Final touches and mixing were then completed remotely with engineer Damon Castillo of Laurel Lane Studios.

And so, as an expression of the coming together of California and Scandinavia, and as a celebration of nature’s beauty and mystery, To Wake You brings you “Summer (She Can Do What She Wants)”.

This is a stand-alone single release, coming between 2017’s 6-song EP “Beauty In The Smallest Things” and the live-in-studio album “Winter and the Sacred Tree,” scheduled for release November 2021.


released June 25, 2021
Composer/Lyrics: Karoline Hausted/Mark Davis
Vocal, harp, keyboard: Karoline Hausted
Vocal, guitars: Mark Davis
Drum programming: Damon Castillo
Mix and engineering: Damon Castillo (Laurel Lane Studios)
Mastering: John McCaig (panicStudios)
Cover photo: Lance Griffin


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To Wake You San Luis Obispo, California

Eight years is a long time. Long enough, in fact, that it may justify the use of the term ‘destiny’ when describing the Shakespearean-esque coming together of San Luis Obispo, CA’s To Wake You; the main difference here being that this story seems set for anything other than tragedy. ... more

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