Thank You Letter: The Jonas Brothers reunion

My newfound appreciation for a long-time favourite

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Last Friday, The Jonas Brothers reunited after six years with the release of their upbeat bop, “Sucker.” Back in the mid-2000s, during the band’s prime, I would’ve scoffed at the thought of appreciating new music from the JoBros. Today, I’ll crank up the volume whenever their songs pop up on Spotify.

When I was 10, I vehemently opposed The Jonas Brothers’ popularity. In an attempt to be cool, I insisted I wasn’t a fan of their music, movies, or Nick’s soft, curly hair. Although I watched the Jonas and Jonas L.A. TV shows, both Camp Rock movies, and sang along to all their songs with my older sister, I convinced myself I despised them.

In an attempt to be cool, I insisted I wasn’t a fan of their music, movies, or Nick’s soft, curly hair.

Attending their world tour in 2009 with ear plugs and a sour attitude, I was confident in my superiority over the thousands of screaming fans around me. I crossed my arms over my newly purchased Jonas Brothers’ T-Shirt, stuck out my hip, and rolled my eyes every 10 minutes just so everyone knew I didn’t actually want to be there. Of course, my secret goal was attracting Nick or Joe’s attention from miles away with my cool indifference, which I was sure they’d find extremely refreshing.

After their official split in 2013, I managed to realize spewing an intense hatred for Nick, Joe, and Kevin was my way of hiding an appreciation for their music and boyish charms. The older I got, the more openly I confessed my love for the band whenever their songs resurfaced on the radio. When I eventually stopped concerning myself with being cool, no one could stop me belting out every word of their most iconic jams.

Although our relationship started out rocky, I’m thankful to the Jonas clan for re-entering my life at a time when I can enjoy their music without care. Not only is “Sucker” a fun song about love, it’s also been a reminder to revisit some of the Brothers’ past classics. Just a few nights ago, YouTube’s video autoplay feature led me from “Sucker” to “Burnin’ Up,” and then down a rabbit hole of JoBros hits.

I can proudly say that I hope the band will continue to release music in the near future. My former love-to-hate relationship with the JoBros has taught me the coolest thing you can do is take ownership of the things you like. Their new song’s also helped me realize nostalgia is sometimes the best medicine for stress and worry.

My former love-to-hate relationship with the JoBros has taught me the coolest thing you can do is take ownership of the things you like.

If I ever attend another Jonas Brothers concert, I’ll make sure to walk in to the arena wearing a smile and holding my head high. There’s nothing fun about standing around and faking coldness when all you want to do is dance and sing. More importantly, there’s no point trying to give off a cool girl persona—all three brothers are already taken. 

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