Correct me if I’m wrong, but the postseason has shown me that the good teams from last year are going to be better, and the bad teams are going to be worse. Everyone knows that preseason standings are useless, but that doesn’t mean the games themselves are. The first half is the most telling sample of your team’s first string (starters), and the second half illustrates your depth.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is ending, and you and all your friends are preparing to move back to school. Despite the looming start to the next school year, I am trying to soak up the last couple weeks of summer. Aer’s new album, The Bright Side, is the perfect album to listen to this time of year.
Aer is a relatively new rap duo from Massachussets. Their last album, The Reach, and their EP, What You Need, both had a uniquely summerish vibe to them. I first heard their song “Feel I Bring,” around this time last year, and have been enjoying their music ever since. What I enjoy most about Aer’s music is their smooth guitar riffs and reggae-rap style. The Bright Side continues with the precedent set by their past albums.
Some of my favorite songs from The Bright Side are “Floats My Boat”, “Like the Way”, and “Songbird”. Aer’s “Floats My Boat” is a laidback song that I would bump in my car with the windows down. It has been a hit ever since the album came out. “Songbird” has a smooth guitar riff that starts as soon as you press play and continues for the entire song. I really enjoyed “Songbird” for its more reflective tone and mellow vibe.
If you’re looking for a soundtrack for what’s left of your summer, take a listen to The Bright Side.
1) Gabby Wins Gold….Twice:
The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast made history and became a household name by becoming the first African American woman and first woman of color to win the “Individual All-Around” in woman’s gymnastics. Gabby created an early lead for herself by earning a 15.966 on the vault. She was able to hold her lead throughout the event, earning another high score (15.500) on the balance beam, and managed to score competitively on floor and uneven bars. Gabby, dubbed the “Flying Squirrel”, also took home a gold in the “Women’s Team Final”. Though Gabby struggled in her Balance Beam and Uneven Bars Event finals, Gabby will leave London a double gold medalist and a very wealthy young lady, since companies will be flocking to her with endorsements.
‘Martha’s Vineyard Modern’ for Dwell magazine, July/August 2012.