Sounds of Summer: Football Head

Ahh…that chill in the air, no matter how small, is the first sign of fall that I’ve been waiting for — and I hope it’s here to stay!

Hey all! I’m happy you’re stopping by for my usual Thursday night “Sounds of Summer” post. As the breeze keeps the temperatures in the mid-70s here in North Texas, I’m reminded of fall’s soothing and sweeping approach. Rather than say goodbye to “Sounds of Summer” series once the seasons change, I’m planning on continuing to post about the music that I discover and draw inspiration from, just under a different title (“Sounds of Fall,” maybe?) I’m not sure what other changes I’ll make to this series, but you can bet I’m looking forward to sharing more music with you all 🙂

Tonight, I’m returning to the chill jazz genre that I first touched on in my ninth entry, which centered on a song called “Back to You.” This time, however, there’s a more distinct lofi beat to the song that I picked. It’s called “Football Head,” and, as you probably guessed from the YouTube video, this song is a dank little tribute to the 90s Nickelodeon show, “Hey Arnold!”

Composed by Flamingosis, “Football Head” is the epitome of chill. Flamingosis sampled “Grove Remote,” a song by Jim Lang, who was actually the composer for “Hey Arnold!” soundtrack. So, in a sense, this is a musical perfect circle. Thumbs up for that!

What does this song conjure up for me? Nighttime bus rides across a sleeping city, walking under the amber glow of streetlights, sharing an ear bud with the one whose smile you get lost in…”Football Head” encapsulates all of these mellow and breezy feelings and visuals. It’s not so much a walk down memory lane as it is a foray into new territory, where my “what if’s” come true. When I listen to this song, I feel more like the carefree person I know I am at heart, even while I’m juggling work, creative writing, and triathlon training. “It’s all good, bro.”

Here’s to hoping you dig “Football Head” too! What are some of your current favorite songs? Do they feel more suited for your summertime playlist, or are they more reminiscent of fall? Comment below and let me know 🙂

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