Soundtrack To Summer

Summer. A time for rekindling friendships. A time for roasting in the heat. A time for crackling bonfires. A time for high wasted shorts and crop tops. A time for fruit smoothies and innumerable ice cream cones. But most significantly for many… a time for summer love.

How absurd it is to think that the school year is drawing to a close. Literally less than two weeks and I am kickin it right back to Cleveland. As I sit out in the hot, North Carolina sun I try to think of a song that will embody the summer that lies ahead (or at least the expectations for these three upcoming months… hopefully I don’t have a 500 Days of Summer situation with reality vs. expectations). As I scroll through my Spotify playlist I listen to song after song. Power Hungry Animals by The Apache Relay? No. Jump Into The Fog by The Wombats? Not quite. Louder Than Ever by Cold War Kids? Not even close. They all seemed simply inadequate until it hit me like a thousand boulders rolling down a hill and plummeting me all at once (perhaps a little dramatic, but work with me here)… King of Carrot Flowers Part 1 by Neutral Milk Hotel.

Although this song came out in 1998 when I was at the ripe young age of 3, it really speaks to me today and who I am at this very moment. The song vibrates youth and vitality. It is an unexplainable feeling, but I feel free and gleeful when I listen to it. When I think of summer I think of a life without a care in the world, and when I listen to this song my world gets oddly happy for two short minutes.

Summer is a time when old flings are rekindled and new ones begin to bloom (unless you're me and you're forever single due to your overwhelming amounts of awkwardness). This song oozes young love from every word. The chord progression is less than complex, mimicking the simplicity of summer relationships. During those hot months everything seems to come to a sudden standstill and you can literally do nothing with your time. You can lie around and learn about somebody else’s soul and pick apart the dark crevices of their brain that nobody else gets the privilege of navigating because you have three completely vacant months to fill.

“As we would lay and learn what each other’s bodies were for. And this is the room one afternoon I knew I could love you. And from above you how I sank into your soul, into that secret place where no one dares to go.”

Maybe it is just my crazy whirlwind experiences, but there is no feeling like a beautiful summer love, and this song embodies that feeling. So this summer as you bum around (perhaps with some sort of significant other?) and simply live life, I hope that you find joy in this song like I have.