Less Creepy Ice Cream Truck Melodies

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The sights and sounds of summer have been returning to the city at record pace: this morning’s [Metro] features people selling lemonade in McCarren park in Brooklyn, and the ice cream trucks have been making their noisy way through the streets despite only being allowed to play their [jingle while in motion](http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/14/nyregion/14softee.html?ex=1292216400&en=6fce57bab7180266&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss).  If you find the same old [Softee Song](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Softee#Mister_Softee_jingle) annoying, you're not alone.  Michael Hearst, of the indie band One Ring Zero, provides an entire album of [alternatives to ice cream truck tunes](http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/nyregion/thecity/20song.html?ref=thecity), aptly titled, “Songs for Ice Cream Trucks.” While Mr. Softee trucks are all required to play their music-box standard, maybe the [impersonators](http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/29/nyregion/29softee.html?ex=1179892800&en=eed108b16f4bb3d4&ei=5070) who got into trouble a couple of years ago will now have a different way to lure the kiddies. Samples of the songs are up on Hearst’s [website](http://songsforicecreamtrucks.com/), and he’ll be playing them at the [Housing Works Used Book Café](http://www.housingworks.org/usedbookcafe/) in Soho on May 26.  If, on the other hand, you love reminiscing about sugar highs and push-pop mustaches to the standard songs of your childhood trucks, check out [this post](http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/06/ice_cream_truck.html) on WFMU’s blog, where you can find them all as mp3s.

Photo courtesy of [Lex in the City on Flickr]

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