One of the things that Alex, Benj and Justin mentioned to me in their initial pitch was, conceptually, if there was a radio in Evan Hansen’s bedroom, they thought it would be playing Owl City music. He’s this outsider, he’s got social anxiety, a lot of things I dealt with as a high schooler myself. So just, ‘Live with this image of this kid in his bedroom, playing stuff that sounds like you, and come up with your own interpretation.’
—  Adam Young talks about ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Single: Interview
  • You: According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground.
  • Me, an intellectual: I was the recipient of 1,000 hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs for a grand total of 10,000,000 hugs. As the lyrics of the song clearly state, the average layperson would not believe their eyes if 10,000,000 fireflies were to illuminate planet Earth, nor would the average person conclude by natural instinct that 10,000 lightning bugs, acting as a collective group, are capable of embracing a human being 1,000 times without difficulty.

8/30 Sunburn

What I love about this song was the guitar intro, and I wanted to learn it when I first heard it. I ended up not learning it, but this is still one of my favorite songs!

“We both put our sunblock on, played on the beach and vowed that we’d live and we’d learn, but she got a tan and I got a sunburn” -Owl City

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OWL CITY'S VERSION OF WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW IS MAGICAL

I was excited but nervous when I heard he was singing it because like…no one will ever replace Ben. But it’s so amazing. I love it. And it’s giving me such wonderful nostalgia to when I was younger and first found Owl City and absolutely fell in love with it. I was 13 and had just started writing and reading fantasy, and oh my gosh. Owl City’s music was like the most magical thing I had ever heard and to this day it has a special place in my heart.

(Also I wrote a book inspired by Plant Life, and it was the most hideous book in the entire world, but still. Adam’s music inspired an entire novel.)

Listen to Owl City’s Cover of “Waving Through a Window” From Dear Evan Hansen

By Marissa Martinelli

If ever a Broadway musical was begging for Owl City to cover one of its songs, Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen is that musical. Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s music is already pretty pop-friendly, which makes a new cover of one of their songs by Adam Young, the man behind Owl City, all the more appropriate. Young brings his distinct electro-pop style to a new version of “Waving Through a Window,” now available to stream:

Young told Billboard that while he still has not seen Dear Evan Hansen, he agreed to cover the song originally sung by Ben Platt after getting a call from Pasek, Paul, and music supervisor Alex Lacamoire. “One of the things that Alex, Benj, and Justin mentioned to me in their initial pitch was, conceptually, if there was a radio in Evan Hansen’s bedroom, they thought it would be playing Owl City music,” he said. “He’s this outsider, he’s got social anxiety, a lot of things I dealt with as a high schooler myself.”

Young’s chipper emo sound is a perfect fit for the soaring but still anxiety-riddled song, so we give his version 8,000 out of a possible 10,000 lightning bugs.