I tend to assign music to different moods, weather patterns, and seasons. An integral part of my summer music rotation is the melodious stylings of S. J. Tucker. To tie her into a genre is tricky… words like neo-pagan folk rock, mythpunk, and campfire bard get tossed around, and that is about as close to a definition as you will get. Her lyrics are clever, and her voice rich and lovely. The span of her work ranges from aching love ballads (To My Valentine) to whimsical songs about alligators, ninjas, or perilous salads. Everything she does has flair and a little bit of faerie. She is definitely worth a listen on a warm summer evening.