Back when I was finishing the 7th grade, I was obsessing over a little band that goes by the Jonas Brothers. They just so happened to have their own Disney Channel show coming out that last month of school, and Chelsea Kane (Staub) was one of their co-stars. I instantly became a fan of Chelsea and didn't have any accounts on the social media sites everyone was addicted to at the time. It was 2009, so that meant MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, which was new to the Internet's social spotlight. I didn't get into stuff like that until the following year. What I used to do was go on fansites and read all the news and look at the galleries.
I found Chelsea's official site and was going to leave a comment for her, telling her how awesome she was and what not. I read a comment before mine and it was a fan asking if The Summer Set's song "Chelsea" was really about her. I opened a new tab to YouTube and looked up the song. By the time the song ended, I was clicking on a related video with another song of theirs. I was quickly falling in love with their upbeat sound.
I looked up all the music they released so far and downloaded it. I found myself anticipating their first-ever full length album "Love Like This". I was so excited to see it was streaming on their site and from the first listen, my favorite song off that album was "Where Are You Now". It still is to this day.
In the summer of 2011, their next album, "Everything's Fine", was released and became the soundtrack to my summer. I would listen to it every day and always had a song stuck in my head. I remember they had a system where you can unlock the songs when you tweeted about it, and by then I have a Twitter for a year.
The Summer Set has always been one of those bands that's a family to me. Their music can always change my mood and make me happy. I don't think I'll ever stop being a fan. I have not had the chance to meet them or see them in concert, but I know one day I will.
This band has inspired me so much, especially this summer. In spring they released their third album. An album they are so very proud of and one that shows how much they have grown as people and as artists.
"Legendary" became my soundtrack from April to today. There isn't a day that one of the songs off the album isn't stuck in my head. I listen to this album almost every single day. I can barely pick a favorite song without naming three. This is one of the most perfect albums, not to mention inspiring.
Last May, The Summer Set was in the iHeartRadio Macy's Rising Star contest to open the IHeartRadio Music Festival this year. Through all the voting and promoting the band, The Summer Set's official Twitter account was following back a bunch of their fans. Once, without even seeing a tweet of theirs, I tweeted lyrics from "Legendary" and was followed. Later on, I saw they tweeted for fans to tweet their favorite lyrics and they'll try to follow as many as they could. I don't know if the idea was tweeted before I quoted their song or if it was a coincidence, but I thought that was pretty awesome.
I voted like crazy every day until the deadline. I had about 8 emails plus my brother's and sister's emails that I was voting with. The Summer Set had a series of contests for fans to win when they sent in screenshots of their voting screens. I didn't end up winning any of those, but I did win a signed poster from one of the only reasons I still sign into Facebook. The Summer Set Fan Group. It was the beginning of June when I received the poster in the mail and I was confused and excited and fangirling.
So, I'll always be thanking Fearless Records and TSS Fan Group for that Legendary moment they gave me.
I'm proud to be a fan of The Summer Set for so many reasons, but it's easier to say that they inspire all their fans and have helped me see my future of going into the real world next year as something I need to cherish and make the best of. "Legendary" hasn't only changed Brian's life; it has also changed mine. Someday, I will meet the band and thank them for showing me all the things they did and being there through music during my roughest times.