Let's roll down the windows in this post and go for a joy ride together.
Don't worry. I have some new music for us to listen to. More on that in a minute.
Growing up, two of the most exciting times of the year for me were the beginning of summer and summer's end.
Both bring beginnings and ends.
Both shift the rhythm of life, which does wonders for getting unstuck from the ruts and routines that come from too much of the same thing.
The beginning of summer is about a shift from structure to spontaneity. It's about freedom. And doing whatever you want - a shift from the community of school to our individual schedules and passions.
But things get boring.
Summer's heat, once a welcome break from being chilled to the bone, becomes an unresolved tension needing release, in more ways than one. Enter Autumn.
Remember how exciting and scary school's beginning always felt?
The beginning of school was about the shift from spontaneity to structure. From individual wanderings back to a community atmosphere.
The beginning of school was charged with the hope of new relationships and experiences.
And all of this, summer break and the beginning of school, were backed by a soundtrack. New tunes and grooves. Giddy optimism laced with a healthy dose of fear and loneliness somehow mystically propelled by the clash of guitar and drums.
This summer has been hot as hell. It's nearing the end of September and still feels like July. At least it does here in Georgia.
I'm ready for change.
I'm ready for a chill in the air.
I'm ready for blue jeans and flannel shirts.
I'm ready for bronze and gold leaves crackling under feet, and rolling in the thinning grass without being the evening knick knack of the neighborhood mosquito.
Right now we sit in that tension that exists between summer and autumn. Have you ever considered that hope is what propels us? It's the excitement of change that keeps us interested and engaged.
What if summer never ended? It would no longer be summer, would it?
It's the hope of summer at the end of spring, and the hope of autumn at the end of summer, that add excitement and anticipation to our days. As adults with our school years dimming in the distant past, this shift in seasons is the only cue we have to fuel renewed hope. To help us get unstuck.
But that's enough intellectualizing for a Saturday.
What we need are some new tunes to take us into autumn.
Tunes that make us want to roll our car windows down and throw our home windows up.
Tunes that bring back that optimism and hope we felt at the beginning of a new school year.
And I have just the band for you.
If you loved the old John Hughes movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, you probably know that John was a big fan of emerging groups. He was constantly on the prowl for new, undiscovered groups. And he loved introducing them to more mainstream audiences.
And I've always been like that.
In high school, I used to sit up in the wee hours listening to "Rock Over London" on my headphones to stay on top of the breaking acts in England. I used to scour record shops and read industry magazines.
To this day, I'm constantly on the prowl for new music and emerging groups. And I've found one for you.
They are called The Drums.
They're from Brooklyn.
And their self-titled LP dropped this week.
I listened to it for the first time riding to work Friday morning, and I was transported to a timeless place.
I felt like I was in high school again.
They are a crazy mix of influences. Some New Order/Joy Division. Some Tears for Fears. Some Ramones. Some Smiths.
It's the best album I've heard since last year's Phoenix album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
So, if you love alternative rock and/or want to sample some new tunes in anticipation of autumn, here are some samples for you from The Drums video library. If you get Keitharsis by email and don't see YouTube videos below, click here and here.
When you were in school, what were your favorite times of the year?
And what kind of music did/do you listen to?
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