Summer Anthem: Part 2

A few months ago I named King of Carrot Flowers Part 1 by Neutral Milk Hotel my anthem to summer, mimicking the joy of possible summer romance, the rekindling of friendships, and the brilliant lack of responsibilities.

Now as the summer is coming to an end, the days seem to be whistling a different tune. Sticking with the same artist, these last few weeks left in the season are encompassed by In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.

Maybe you will spend every night driving with the windows down, booming your favorite song as loud as the speakers in your ’96 Chevy will let you, with your best friend/partner in crime (if your summer has been anything like mine, the crime aspect is all too real) sitting beside you:

What a curious night we have found here tonight, there is music that sounds from the street.

Maybe you will lie there under the piercing summer sun knocking your brain for a more perfect moment, but won’t be able to find anything much better:

But for now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see.

Maybe you will soak up every second left in the tight grasp of a summer romance that was never just a summer fling, delving deeper and deeper into the intricacies of each other’s souls:

What a beautiful face I have found in this place that is circling all ‘round the sun. What a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen, in a blink of an eye and be gone from me. Soft and sweet let me hold it close and keep it here with me.

Maybe you will bask in the beauty that is life. The miraculous truth that your heart beats every morning and your eyes open to the possibilities of a vast and crazy world:

Can’t believe how strange it is to be anything at all.

This song taps into a plethora of feelings. So which one describes your fleeting summer? Maybe your best friends? Maybe summer love? Maybe the simplicity? Maybe the beauty of living? Or maybe, like me, all of them jumbled together and wrapped up into one magical summer. This is why I deem Neutral Milk Hotel’s In An Aeroplane Over The Sea the official anthem to the end of summer.