Il est tard. Je cherche mon autre chez-moi, et je prends un chemin que je ne connais pas:
Un petit sentier qui longe les usines et la ville entre-coupant par la forêt.
Je commence à peine à entrevoir la nature, lorsque tout d'un coup, la nuit tombe.
Je suis plongée dans un monde de silence, pourtant je n'ai pas peur.
Je m'endors quelques minutes, tout au plus, et quand je me réveille,
Le soleil est là et la forêt brille d'une lumière éclatante.
Je reconnais cette forêt. Ce n'est pas une forêt ordinaire, c'est une forêt de souvenirs.
Mes souvenirs. Cette rivière blanche et sonore, mon adolescence.
Ces grands arbres, les hommes que j'ai aimés. Ces oiseaux qui volent, au loin, mon père disparu.
Mes souvenirs ne sont plus des souvenirs.
Ils sont là, vivants, près de moi, ils dansent et m'enlacent, chantent et me sourient.
Je regarde mes mains. Je caresse mon visage, et j'ai 20 ans.
Et j'aime comme je n'ai jamais aimé
"So give me your hand and let's jump out the window."
Okay in honor of FPSF’s 5th year, I have decided to write some of my favorite memories and general awesomeness that I have discovered through summerfest.
These are in no particular order at all.
Summerfest 2009 was the very first, and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. Some things were different back then. You could buy separate day passes, it was in August rather than June, and there was only 2 stages rather than 8. It was truly an incredible experience that morphed into something bigger than I ever thought it would be. OH and I got to see Broken Social Scene, a show I will never forget. It also started a tradition with me, my bestfriend, and my brother. The three of us every year venture out to Elanor Tinsley Park, in June and one or the other was missing it just wouldn’t feel right. I mean we decided we wouldn’t go this year, but here we are with wristbands purchased..
This may seem obscure and silly, but trust me. Lemonade just makes 100 degrees feel a whole lot better. Me and Emma make it a mission to find lemonade because it helps so much. I don’t know what’s in it, but just trust me on this one. If it’s going to be your first time at summerfest this year, find some lemonade, stat.
3. Pegstar and FPH’s team
Omar Afra has to be one of the coolest guys in Houston for making this festival, and when you add the help of Pegstar it made for an incredible thing. These guys are the whole reason for FPSF and when Omar goes on stage when the headliner is about to take the main stage, it’s a special moment. Hearing how a new record has been made and how legitimately happy he is makes me smile. They deserve the biggest thank you for contributing to some of the best moments of my life.
4. ”I’m not moving to Austin”
Last year there was definitely a sense of Houston pride at the festival. As a Houstonian, I was tired of being in Austin’s shadow. Austin isn’t the only town that can make a cool music fest, or the only city that makes a hip scene. And the local acts at our festival were sick of it, so the “I’m not moving to Austin” shirts came out to play, and I fucking loved it. I wish I would’ve gotten my hands on one babies because I would’ve worn it all week.
5. Cut Copy brings the house down
Perhaps one of the fondest moments of summerfest was in 2011 when Cut Copy got the massive crowd at the main stage to get off their feet. The song was Hearts on Fire, I was in the front row, and it was just a perfect moment that I’ve never experienced at summerfest before. There was so many people just united in that moment, and it was beautiful. Someone posted a video of that exact moment and I frequently visit it whenever I’m feeling down. This moment is the main moment that makes the 2011 summerfest the best one I’ve attended, even with the 107 degree record. That’s pretty major guys.
Those are just a few moments and things that happened at the 3 years I’ve attended. It’s truly a great addition to Houston, and I’m so glad it’s here to stay. I could go on and on and on and on, but I won’t do that to y’all.
Essentially what I’m trying to say is, if this is your first year going, embrace it. Love your city, hear some new music, and have a blast.
I’m gonna buy a Summerfest ticket against my better judgement.
I had my fun three times with the festival and my body is getting weaker, so if the line up isn’t super mind blowing I’ll be selling my ticket. I’m still excited though!