Kings Of Leon 5/11/17

Kings Of Leon 5/11/17

Oh, don't say it's over.

I was around eight years old when I first heard the song "Use Somebody." I became borderline obsessed with it. It wasn’t until last September that I started to investigate further into Kings of Leon’s music. I ended up liking them so much that I created a playlist with nothing but their music, which is the only thing my sister and I listen to in the car (it’s two hours and five minutes long). When I found out they were releasing an album that next month, I freaked out. On the night of October 14, I was up late doing homework per usual. The clock struck 1 a.m., and I opened Spotify and searched "WALLS." I’m pretty sure I listened to the whole album in one sitting. For the next few months, I dug deeper into their music like a pirate digging for some buried treasure and found older gems. I waited anxiously for tour dates, and when they finally popped up, I bought tickets.

Flash forward a month or two, and I’m at Lakewood Amphitheatre, listening to the opening number Deerhunter (who was pretty good, by the way!). Deerhunter exits the stage. It takes a little while for equipment/instruments to be set up. Then, the lights go off and a steady drumbeat starts, and the curtain lifts to reveal a purple glow, and I can see all of their shadows: Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill, and Jared Followill. They looked EXACTLY the same live as they did in pictures, except Jared was rocking platinum blond hair in contrast to his usual dark brown. I felt my mouth contort itself into a giant grin, and I started dancing around in my seat - I don't think I stopped moving all night even when the curtain closed and Caleb played an acoustic version of "The Runner," which tickled my soul a little bit. And then they played "WALLS." Only during the instrumental part of the song, the curtains came up even further than they had before, exposing all of the stage complete with a large screen and flashing lights, which were perfectly in sync with the music. It's safe to say that I was pretty surprised and very much in awe.

A few songs and an increasingly sore throat later, I hear the distinctive notes to my all-time favorite song: The Immortals. Usually when this song comes on in the car, I make some sort of piglet squeal-type noise (no really, ask my sister), but this time I screamed so loudly that I got some weird looks from the people sitting around me. I did not care, because THAT'S MY FAVORITE SONG. I'm surprised I didn't cry.

I had read multiple articles that said that the Kings are exceptional performers and have the stamina to rock the stage very well into the night, so I had pretty high expectations. Kings of Leon exceeded every single one of them by far. All in all, this was the best concert I have ever been to. My message to Kings of Leon:

THANK YOU for making car rides to school a lot less dreadful, THANK YOU for my favorite song, THANK YOU for killing the music game since the year I was born, THANK YOU for being my favorite band, THANK YOU for a show that was incredible beyond words. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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