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“Anna Sun” by Walk The Moon

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    “Anna Sun” by Walk The Moon (official video) is an alternative rock song.

    Song Title: Anna Sun (official video)
    Artist: Walk The Moon
    Album: Walk the Moon
    Genre: alternative rock power pop
    Composer: Copyright © 2009 Nicholas William Petricca, Adrian Galvin, Nickolas Lerangis, Adam David Reifsnyder
    Lead Vocals: Nicholas Petricca
    Backing Vocals: Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, Eli Maiman
    Guitar: Eli Maiman
    Keyboards: Nicholas Petricca
    Synthesizer: Nicholas Petricca
    Bass Guitar: Kevin Ray
    Drums: Sean Waugaman
    Director: Patrick Meier
    Official Website:
    Number of listens: 7383
    Current rank: 1576 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 1467 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

    Rock: peak #20, 2012
    Alternative: peak #10 (ten), 2012
     Billboard chart listings courtesy of Billboard Magazine


Letter to the Editor The Kenyon Collegian

Published Thursday, September 15, 2011

By Professor Anna Sun

Dear Editors,

    I really enjoyed the article “Walk the Moon Rockets to Summer Success” (Sept. 8, 2011). It’s great to learn that a Kenyon band has been making a splash nationally and I know that the song “Anna Sun” is poised to become a campus classic.

    But the article mentions that the song is “about” a professor of sociology and Asian studies at Kenyon, which is a common misconception that I, Anna Sun, hear all the time.

    The truth is that “Anna Sun” is not about me, but is a great song about college life that borrows my name for its chorus. A member of Walk the Moon, Adam Reifsnyder ’08, wrote me an email in July 2009, opening with the line “You may or may not know me,” asking politely (the way our Kenyon students do) for permission to use my name for a new song they’d just written. I liked the song very much, and told them that they could certainly use my name.

    In the acoustic version of the song on YouTube, you can hear a band member explaining that the song is not about Anna Sun (“We use it only because she has a really cool name; the song is not about her”). And in a video clip from a Carson Daly interview, the same explanation is offered by the band (“The song is named after a Kenyon professor, but it is not about her”). I do feel very honored that an absolutely amazing song about life at Kenyon uses my name, even though it is not about me!

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

        Walk the Moon (stylized as WALK THE MOON) is an indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lead singer and Ohio native Nicholas Petricca started the band in 2008 and went through several member changes before finally coming together with current members, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman sometime in 2010. The band derives their name from the song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police. The group independently released their debut album, i want! i want!, in November 2010, receiving airplay for the track “Anna Sun” on WCRD, WFPK, WKNH, and WTMD. In February 2011, Walk the Moon signed with Mick Management. They signed to RCA Records and released their first official album, Walk the Moon in June 2012. Their self-titled debut is composed of many of their original tracks from i want! i want! in addition to new tracks that were written specifically for the album and were meant to reflect the kind of energy the band produced in their live shows.

    SPIN Magazine has described them as a “poppy, art-rock quartet”. They were also deemed a Nylon Magazine Band Crush for their “swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses.”

“Anna Sun”

    “Anna Sun” was named the song of the summer in a 2011 Esquire article “30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen To”. Written by Petricca and New York singer/songwriter Nick Lerangis towards the end of their college career, the song is named after their professor from Kenyon College and is meant to symbolize youth. “It’s about college, about maintaining that little bit of being a kid,” Petricca said. “Don’t be afraid to play.”

    The “Anna Sun” official music video was released to coincide with the debut of i want! i want! in November 2010.

    MTV Hive calls the video a “hilariously choreographed, neon-colored and awesomely shot in one take” production. The video was produced by a local Cincinnati company, Contrast Productions, and features original choreography from Kim Popa of PONES Inc., as well as a cast full of the band’s friends.

    “Anna Sun” was added to the video rotation of American Eagle Outfitters stores in May 2011. It was featured on the hit TV show Vampire Diaries in the first episode of season three. It was also the free single of the week on iTunes for the week of May 15. It has also been named song of the summer by MTV and Seventeen Mag as well as one of the top songs of the year by Amazon. It has been officially remixed by Fool’s Gold and by Trouble Productions. It also rose to the number one spot on Alt. Nation on Sirius XM Radio. Along with the success of Anna Sun, Alt. Nation has named them a band you need to know for the Summer of 2012.

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