Let me explain myself: Jon McLaughlin’s “Summer is Over” is a great pop record. It’s a mid-tempo love song that makes me think of The Fray or The Script, and the chorus has these power-ballad drums and pianos that make me want to slow dance at the prom. Even better, guest vocalist Sara Bareilles adds rich emotion with her lovely voice.
But all that said: Jon McLaughlin is gorgeous. Like, if this were high school, and he accidentally touched my hand while he was passing me a pencil, I would probably pass out.
So… you know. I think I like this song a little bit more because I want the singer to turn up at my house in the rain and look at me with wounded, romantic eyes. He’d ask for a towel, and I’d say, “How about a kiss?” And then 500 butterflies would burst out of the living room.
If you like (a) pretty ballads and/or (b) gorgeous men, then I welcome you to enjoy this song with me.
Mark Blankenship has written about pop music for The New York Times and NPR. He tweets as @IAmBlankenship. Because he loves his fiancee, he would never let Jon McLaughlin nibble his earlobe. Probably never.