Summer Breeze...Opens My Mind

Mackenna Stewart

“The best songs are the ones that just keep playing even after you have pressed pause.”






It has been quite some time since I last published my music column, and since December of 2021 I have had a number of important musical encounters. 

Lately, my favorite album to listen to is the recently released DS4ever by Gunna with many outstanding features such as Young Thug, Future, and Lil Baby. Mop, 25K jacket, and Pushin P are my favorite songs to listen to because of the way Gunna’s rapping style matches with his features. Gunna’s rapping style is very laid back, chill, and iconic to the Atlanta rap culture. 

Although I love rap, especially because Atlanta is the home of so many talented rappers, I have begun to find new genres that I enjoy listening to, like R&B, soul.  Slower-paced songs, accompanied with a slight burst of energy here and there, have also caught my attention. 

But never in a million years did I think that a soft rock song would appeal to me.

My advisory is always playing music in the mornings and sometimes it drives me crazy because the music is either rock or country music. Not that the music is terrible, it just usually never appeals to me.

One morning when everyone in my advisory was either doing homework, talking, or lying down thankful that it was Friday, a boy in my advisory began telling Alexa what songs to play. In my mind I was thinking “Here we go again, another country/rock song I won’t like.” I decided to focus on finishing my homework. But when I heard the first few guitar notes of “Summer Breeze,” the 1972 soft rock song by Seals and Crofts,  I lifted my head from the math worksheet I was doing and began to pay attention. 

By the time the song got to the chorus I was already pulling out my phone to shazam it. I knew I liked this song immediately for two reasons. Number one, it made me feel like I was back in the Summertime. “Summer breeze makes me feel fine. Blowing through the jasmine of my mind.” The timing was perfect for me to hear this song because I missed summer so much and was finding difficulty in getting in a solid routine for school because I wanted it to be summer again. “Summer Breeze” calmed me down, allowed me to breathe, and reassured me that summer will always be there, it’s not going anywhere. I just have to get there. 

Number two, there is a part in Summer Breeze that doesn’t have any words, just musical notes. I was humming this tune all day after advisory. The best songs are the ones that just keep playing even after you have pressed pause. After singing the tune multiple times I realized that I may have known this song before but I was glad that I forgot about it because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate it as much as I do now and at the time that I heard it. Sometimes songs don’t seem as good as they are until you really need them.

After replaying Summer Breeze a million times I finally added it to my playlist. I grudgingly accepted that maybe my advisory’s musical taste wasn’t so bad, I just needed to give it a chance. Since this experience my musical taste has expanded even farther. Artists that I thought I would never listen to such as Rex, who I wrote my first entry about, now seem to catch my attention reminding me yet again to slow down and take life in. I’m open to all music but especially the kind that slows me down or the songs that I have to listen to a couple of times to understand or appreciate.

This experience not only taught me to slow down in my life, but it also taught me that music comes into our lives at the right time and sometimes we have to listen to it multiple times to understand it or listen to it multiple times until we convince ourselves that everything will be ok. 

Just as I had been doing all day, when I arrived at newspaper class I was singing “Summer Breeze.” Mr. Newman heard me and joined in. It made me happy to know that I wasn't the only one who enjoyed this song. I knew then summer was close. It would always be there. I just had to get there in the best and most positive way I could.
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