Jazz in June

There is something really special that happens in Lincoln every summer.  Every tuesday night in the month of June, what seems like all of Lincoln goes downtown to listen to Jazz and get dinner from the pop-up market of local businesses.  I can't tell you how many years I have religiously attended Jazz in June, but I can tell you one thing-- I've never gone and listened to the music.  Ever since high school I've gone down there with a bunch of friends, bought some ice cream or root beer and sat talking with friends.  Sometimes we would wander around UNL campus and go "swimming" in the fountain.  It was really great fun, and at the time hanging out on campus was kinda cool.

I went to Jazz in June like usual last night, although I was late because of work.  We did the same things that we always have, I bought some caramel pear ice cream from the UNL Dairy Store's truck and went to sit under the trees and catch up with friends I haven't seen since New Year's Eve.  But it just didn't feel right.  I mean, it was a lovely evening that is for sure, but I felt likes something was missing.  Perhaps it's because most of my friends with whom I used to go were gone at rehearsal, work, or out of town.  But I think it was more due to the fact that I actually wanted to go listen to the music.  I want to go have a picnic on the lawn in front of the Sheldon art museum and listen to some jazz (regardless of its quality).

Is this what it means to grow up?  Wanting to eat cheese and crackers and listen to jazz while laying in the grass?  Probably not.  That's probably just my romanticized version of what adults should be doing at events like these.  But regardless, I think my viewing of Jazz in June will change after this week.  Hopefully I'll be able to convince my friends to do the same.


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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