A little essay on the inspirations and emotions of the song "Daydreaming"
This summer, my band Cinema Hearts took a road trip to go camping in the mountains and play music for folks outside of our hometown. It was our band's first small weekend tour (a friend of Erich's scoffed at the idea that I called this getaway a "tour," arguing that a "real band tour" would include more nights sleeping on strangers' floors and more concert dates in far-off cities. But for a girl who has never left home, a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a thrilling and nerve-racking adventure).
When I drive down Route 81, I am always in awe of the vast farmland, the tacky billboards advertising roadside attractions, and the grand mountains looming beyond the skyline. We stopped in the small town of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and I thought of how my closest friends and strongest crushes moved there and attended school at the town's big spirited university, while I remained at the local commuter college and lived at home. I wrote "Daydreaming" during a 3-hour lecture class I had on Fridays. I was daydreaming about a boy I liked who went to school in Harrisonburg, and the possibility that we could date in the summertime when he returned (he never called me again).
Driving in Southern Virginia fills me with opposing feelings: the quirky landmarks excite me and the quaint towns bore me; visiting friends with their laid-back Southern habits makes me envious of their routines yet their lifestyles convince me that I truly belong with the rushing hubbub of the North. I often wonder what my life would have been like had I gone to school in Harrisonburg too, and then I realize that this band, my favorite thing, never would have happened.
I hope you enjoy seeing the rolling roads and southern scenery in Cinema Hearts' new video for "Daydreaming."