Koko mo Kokoro no Kokomo: That’s Where You Wanna Go

Welcome back, Magical Meteorites and other Earthlings, to another installment of the Summer Refreshment series. In this post, we tackle musical escapism and tropical songs.

Off the Florida Keys, there is a place called Kokomo
That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all

Music has a way of sending us to places that we wouldn’t dare dream about. Indeed, for many of us, we have entered the Wonderland of idols through their noise. We’ve seen many a tropical song between Ayaya’s “Tropical Koishiteru” and “Yeah! Meccha Holiday” and S/mileage’s “Dot Bikini.”

As you can tell, the “theme song” of the post is the Beach Boys’ Kokomo. Instead of the myriad of real Kokomos out there, the title location (off the Florida Keys) isn’t a real location. While namechecking various tropical locations (mostly in the Caribbean), we get a dreamy description of paradise at work and the potential romance therein. The main point of “Kokomo” is encapsulated in the last verse:

Everybody knows a little place like Kokomo
Now if you wanna go and get away from it all
Go down to Kokomo

Anywhere can be your Kokomo, your little tropical Bremen, your summery Oz. Kokomo is not a place in the world, a place in the eyes – it’s a place in the mind, a place in the heart. In other words, Kokomo is in the kokoro.

 Magi-Kat’s Semi-Secret Summer Refreshment Smoothie Recipe


The refreshment of this post is a little homemade smoothie I’ve been making since early May. I somewhat altered the recipe from the one I wrote down months ago (and even then, it’s an amalgamation of smoothie recipes found on the Wyman’s website). You, Magical Meteorites (and other Earthlings who happen to stop by), are the first outside my immediate family to get my “secret” smoothie recipe. It makes about two cups/servings or so. (Then again, the recipes I based this off of made two servings so….)

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 1/2 cup blueberries + strawberries (preferably frozen, duh)
  • 8 oz fruit juice (I usually use a mixture of pomegranate/cranberry juice and a white grape/cherry juice blend)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana

Ever since getting this recipe down, I had made a few alterations based on whatever’s there.

  • 1 1/2 blueberries and 1 1/2 strawberries
  • 9 oz/2 1/4 strawberries + 2.7 oz/0.675 cups mangoes + 8.3 oz/2.075 cups cherries
  • 10 oz strawberries + 10 oz cherries
  • 10 oz cherries + (10+8) oz strawberries + 7-14g wheat germ
    Ever since the above alteration, I began replacing the yogurt with wheat germ in case I serve it to my dad – he’s lactose intolerant. I know at least once blogger out there is as well so this’ll work out too!

Due to a slight lack of ingredients, for the smoothie made for this post, I had to do some extra alterations:

  • 1 cup fruit (5.3 blueberries, 2 oz mixed berry blend (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), 2 oz pineapples)
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz almond milk
  • 1-2 spoonfuls of wheat germ (I really should be as precise as this as I am with the other ingredients. There’s a reason I went through the trouble to measure the amount of grams needed.)

Once you have all of the ingredients you need, just simply blend together and serve! Enjoy!

What’s your “Kokomo”?

We count on music to provide an escape. As Korn said in “Twisted Transistor”:

A lonely life
Where no one understands you
But don’t give up
Because the music do.

Tropical songs send us to an imaginary oasis in the middle of the sweltering summer heat. (On that note, I really should take a break — I’ve been doing this almost non-stop for weeks. It barely helps that my friends decided to start SentaiRanger-thons that eat up my time. It’s one reason the C-ute post came behind schedule.)

M3 Meditation Mantra: What summer songs cause you to escape reality?

Go down to Kokomo, Magical Meteorites and other Earthlings!
― Magi-Kat

P.S. Feel free to check out the related Tumblr post.


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