Imagining the Summer

By Jenna Minnelli ’16

I’m not going to deny it. I’ve clocked out for the school year awhile ago. After watching my sister come home from college in mid April and after sitting through a high school graduation two weeks ago, it’s been hard for me to find motivation in my school work. And it just seems as if my to-do list keeps getting longer and longer, or–even worse–that my class projects have turned into hydras, replacing themselves with two more projects after I defeat just one.

Junior year, in its entirety, is trying to murder me. I’ve already faced an arsenal of scholarly assassins (namely the ACT, SAT, and AP tests). But, just as all great literary heroes meet their end, it’s the small things–those hidden bullets shot from friendly fire–that are slowly eating away at my soul. (But sure! Let’s throw in a “small little” project here and four “mini” projects there. Oh, and let’s not forget about the big projects either. Go ahead and take seven of those from the project buffet bar. Okay, are you full yet? Yes? Let’s go back for seconds. We paid twelve dollars for this buffet, dammit!)

By the time exams actually roll around, buzzards will be picking at my corpse. And I know that I’m being a bit dramatic, but in all seriousness, the only thing getting me through the rest of the year is thoughts of summer. Those glorious days where I can throw my alarm out the window, sleep until noon, and eat ice cream for breakfast (…and later run it off because I feel guilty about it).

Summer is a time for pool parties, King’s Island, and concerts. And this year, I have the absolute privilege of attending the Imagine Dragons concert in June.

I like a wide variety of music. And when I say that, I don’t mean a wide variety of music on the radio. It extends farther than that. To quote my friends twenty one pilots, “the songs on the radio are okay.” I, however, have decided to go full-out hipster and only listen to songs that aren’t mainstream. And if these songs do happen to go mainstream, I will be okay with it, as long as I discovered it first.

I consider myself to be a modest person, and there are few things that I allow myself to brag about. My knowledge of music is one of those things. I think you have a right to brag if your family nickname growing up was jukebox. And I love people. I truly do. But one of my biggest pet-peeves is when someone pretends to know a band. (i.e. saying that you love Foster the People when the only song of theirs you know is Coming of Age) It’s okay not to know their other songs. I would be more than happy to enlighten you.

This is needless to say, but I’m obsessed with music. However, it takes a special band to get me to buy their album off of iTunes. All other bands just get single song purchases. Imagine Dragons is one of those very special bands. When I first saw that their album Smoke and Mirrors was released on iTunes, I felt like a kid in a candy store. What was my favorite song? Was it Shots? Or Dream? Or Friction? Or Gold? Or…you get the idea. This basically continued until I finished listening to the album for the first time. And then it started up again when I pressed the shuffle button for a second time. And a third. And a…

In all honesty, I’m surprised I haven’t overplayed my interest out of these songs. I can’t stand the songs that are overplayed on the radio, and yet I’m sure that I’ve played this album an equal amount of times. This, to me, defines a fantastic band. And I’m sure I’ll be hitting the replay button several more times before the concert.

In addition to listening to Smoke and Mirrors, I will also be giving myself a refresher of Night Visions just in case I need to bust out the lyrics of Demons at the concert. I will also make sure to bring plenty of money the day of for an Imagine Dragons t-shirt. This t-shirt will undoubtedly be worn until it’s reduced to threads, very much unlike my previous concert t-shirt from Big Time Rush. (Don’t judge. Tickets were inexpensive.)

Just thinking about this epic concert pushes me that much closer to summer. And although I feel like I’m suffocating in projects now, Imagine Dragons is constantly reminding me that I will–not–drown.

Besides, one of the songs off their album is called Summer. That has to be a good omen, right? 🙂


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