Summer Adolescence

Summer Adolescence

by Mason Mcavoy

Photo by Charlotte Fox

The first song, "Perfectionist", is a song I wrote about my dad. It was a little while ago, I think sometime last year, I came home one day and I was doing homework or something and my dad came up to my room to ask me about school. I told him I had a B in one of my classes and he seemed overly disappointed. He yelled at me about grades and told me I wasted all my time on my phone and didn't take advantage of all my opportunities. I cried when he left my room and wrote this song to express my feelings.

The second song "Summer Adolescence pt 2" is a song I wrote on a very hot day in my small room last summer. Just the weekend before, Jane slept over and we created a band called "Jason and the Richies". The name of our band was basically a mesh of our names and "the richies" was symbolic of our other two friends in our friend group who are low-key rich but weren't part of the band. Anyways, we wrote a song together and titled it "Summer Adolescence". It was one of the first songs Jane and I wrote together and it felt like an amazing accomplishment. I wrote this song not too long afterward and called it a part 2 of what we had already created.

The third song "Moonlit Cavern" was really just me experimenting with Soundtrap and harmonizing. I really wanted to use this new rhythm I came up with on my ukulele and I wanted to set lyrics to it. It's honestly not much deeper than that.

Finally, the fourth song "What Are We to Do" is a song I wrote about a significant other. It was a month after we broke up and I was still feeling horrible and depressed and regretted it a lot. I thought that writing a song about how I was feeling would take some of the pain away. I find that I write best when I am feeling a very strong emotion, particularly distress or sadness. I didn't feel much better afterward but at least now I had some documentation and something to put out into the world for others to enjoy.

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