Hello sunshine, it’s been too long since I
Felt your beautiful warmth upon my face
And how much have I missed
‘Cause I’ve been focused on everything wrong
This road just felt so long
I forgot to lift my head to see you…
— “Hello Sunshine” by BarlowGirl
Right now, I’m at Colby College for the Atlantic Music Festival. Unfortunately, it appears that I may not have access to internet for at least a couple of days (hopefully). Because I checked in early, they don’t yet know the internet passwords and what not. Hopefully after Monday I will get internet. However, in the meantime, I will not be able to easily visit other people’s blogs. I apologize in advance! Thank you for all the comments, I appreciate them.
Things I love about summer:
1. Sunshine. I dislike cold. I love heat. I can’t deal with snow. I can deal pretty well with high temperatures, as long as it’s not humid. If it’s humid, then you can’t separate me from my beloved air conditioner. I have a love affair with rain, but after a long, cold, wet winter, enough is enough.
2. Having the time to listen to old favorite songs that I haven’t listened to for a while due to school. “Oh, this song is awesome! I remember now how much I still love it!”
A good example is BarlowGirl’s song Hello Sunshine. It’s so whimsical and summery and instantly uplifting. I also like how the music fades out completely in the middle of the track and then gradually comes back in full force before the song ends. When I first listened to it, I thought the song was over, and then the music gradually faded back in and I was pleasantly surprised. “Oh.” Pretty cool.
Fill my dark skies
Make me see the light, life is fine
So bring in the sunshine
Or another summer favorite, Irish band The Corrs’ Summer Sunshine.
Just sweet beginnings and bitter endings
In coffee city, we borrowed heaven
Don’t give it back, I’ve never felt so wanted
Will you make me a home?
I love the offbeatness of this music video! In the beginning, a couple is looking to kiss in some shady, dark, musty places. Members of the band open the shutters and tear out the blinds so that the light hits them, and they run away. The band chases them throughout the old house from each and every hiding place, while literally tearing the whole place until the building collapses on top of them. In the end, they uncertainly emerge from the wreckage into the “summer sunshine” and marvel that they’re still alive.
In the end, they’re not afraid of the sunshine, and whatever else it might symbolize. Their love is not longer a thing of secret, a thing to be ashamed of, but something to openly embrace.
I also love how Andrea Corr looks in the video.
Listening to it again after so long reminded me that this is one of my favorite love songs for a reason.
Also: where is this “coffee city,” and how can I get there?
3. No school.
4. Having the time to read beautiful, inspiring blogs. You know who you are.
I dread fall when school will start and I will inevitably get busy with all my music classes and whatnot and therefore won’t have as much time to visit blogs and leave comments and even write my own posts.
5. Time to read, period. During the school year, I didn’t have time to read any fun reading — just textbooks and psychology papers and biographies of Ravel. During the past few weeks, I reread several of my old Star Wars favorites, like Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart and the Hand of Thrawn duology by Timothy Zahn. And enjoyed all three books as much as before.
I’ve also read so much fantasy in the form of those fairy tale novelizations that I so love. I’ve always loved fairy tales, especially if an author has a new and fresh retelling of an old and well-known fairy tale. It’s like looking at it with new eyes. I also recently read a book about a werewolf, titled Shiver and written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was a good story, told from the point of view of the werewolf who was in love as well as the point of view of the girl who loved the werewolf. I got slightly annoyed mainly because the heroine seemed to be a different person as presented in each perspective.
It’s good being able to be with books again. I had almost forgotten the feeling of being totally lost in a book while I could forget that life was happening around me.
6. Being able to do nothing,
In the heat of summer sunshine
I miss you like nobody else
In the heat of summer sunshine
I kiss you, and nobody needs to know
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