At times, all the summer nights tend to blend together in a humid haze. But there are some that stick out in my brain as vividly as a burning sunset. Like the Monday night I took these two photos. I had been at a friend's house all weekend and was exhausted by the time I came home. But it was a soft evening and I was enchanted as a torrential downpour of rain soothed the hot earth while I ran outside in the midst of it. My sister and I watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off that night and I made a bounty of hot, melty popcorn and it was a great combination of my favorite things - Ferris Bueller, popcorn, a summer rain and my sister. When Autumn overtakes us all in its cozy, sweater-weather warmth, even then I know I will miss the summer nights like this.
The day had been overcast and cooler but right at sunset the sun burst through all the grey clouds and created a hazy, sunny fog that was unforgettably breathtaking. It was a stunning sunset drive, we were listening to Phoenix, and it all felt right.
"About seven o'clock you could hear the chairs scraping back from the tables, someone experimenting with a yellow-toothed piano, if you stood outside the dining-room window and listened. Matches being struck, the first dishes bubbling in the suds, and tinkling on the wall racks, somewhere, faintly, a phonograph playing. And then as the evening changed the hour, at house after house on the twilight streets, under the immense oaks and elms, on shady porches, people would begin to appear, like those figures who tell good or bad weather in rain-or-shine clocks."
- Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
Sweet summer nights cast a spell with the bluish dusk sky, the nighttime crickets and the soothing stillness of the rain enriched earth. These nights are the key to the magic that is summer.
These last few days of summer are vital. I'm trying to fit everything in - the last of the summer sunsets, adventures with friends, and late nights with no obligations to school. There's a certain invincibility that protects everyone in the summer in a way that no other season can and I never want this feeling to leave.
I am still incredibly high on adrenaline and happiness from Lollapalooza. It was absolutely the best night of my life. I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things and the days are melting together in a soft, hazy blur. The end of summer is upon us and I'm trying to hang out with everyone I love, soak up every last sunset, warm breeze, and all the indescribable freedom that summer brings.
Summer music festivals, let me tell you, they are the best thing in the entire universe. My bro's and I went to Lollapalooza on Sunday and saw Jake Bugg, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend and PHOENIX HERE ALL THE WAY FROM FRANCE. Also, everyone talks about Lollapalooza like it's the best thing and this was my first year going and I will be the first to tell you it's not overrated in the slightest. There is a reason why so many people go - because it's the most overwhelmingly massive, incredibly fun festival that's right in the heart of downtown and if you're not planning on going next year you should be because it's flawless.
TDCC was like the greatest, biggest dance party I'd ever been apart of. When that riff started for Something Good Can Work the crowd went so wild and endless people were crowd surfing. There was this beautiful moment when this dude in a wheelchair was lifted above the crowd, I saw the thousands of people behind me on the big screen and in that moment I could have cried it was so beautiful. Festivals teach you the wisdom of feeling the music, letting loose and dancing till you're neck is sore from head banging and your arms kill from pumping your hands to the beat. BUT YOU DON'T EVEN CARE. You don't even care about the guy smoking so much weed next to you or the dad in front of you who shouldn't even be there because he's such a jerk. Because it's a music festival and it's the best thing in the world.
Vampire Weekend was so good it's hard to find words. They opened with Cousins and the crowd went SO CRAZY. And I was right there with them. Everyone was jumping and dancing and singing at the top of their lungs the whole show and when we all joined together hoarsely screaming BLAKE'S GOT A NEW FACE with Ezra it sounded terrible but it was beautiful because 100,000 people were together dancing and singing as one and the sun was setting softly below the skyline. Ezra told the crowd it was the best summer show of the year for them and just being there, seeing and hearing my favorite band playing the greatest songs, with such a massive crowd all there for the same reason, I was so indescribably happy. Shows like that make you so ecstatic to be alive and apart of something so incredible.
BUT PHOENIX. It's hard to even begin. The guys came on the stage and immediately started with Entertainment and bam! My heart was racing, every single person was jumping (the countless thousands of us) and dancing, full of a completely new energy forgetting that we were hot and sweaty and thirsty as heck. Nothing else mattered but to DANCE and SING to every single song at the top of our lungs into the darkening city night. Halfway through the show Thomas Mars told us "On Sunday nights most people are usually tired and at home....you guys are proving that entirely wrong." 1901 was unreal - that low end bass literally SHOOK my bones and two of my friends in a rush of elation crowd surfed. We were all on cloud nine. The show was a truly transcending experience, larger than life, MIND BOGGLING, one of the best shows I will ever see. Their iconic sound just broke my heart with its potency. At the closing song, Thomas crowd surfed and the crowd gathered toward him like a MAGNETIC FORCE. It was unbelievably beautiful. There was something about them playing Chloroform with everyone's hands in the air pulsing in sync to the beat the entire song that gave me goosebumps and a smile that stayed on my face the entire show. Time stood still in Chicago that evening and it was the best night of my life.