Friday, July 19, 2013

Transience, Travel, and The Head And The Heart

I guess I liked them at first because their songs were catchy -- and there's nothing wrong with that.  I barely knew their songs the first time I saw them at Treasure Island Music Festival, which was amazing:

But I didn't start to really get into them until the Master's International kids got close and started to have jam sessions pretty regularly.  And by jam sessions I mean everyone drinking beers and eating delicious food off the grill while Scott played guitar and I sang too loudly (thanks Scott).

I've always connected to music primarily through their lyrics, and this band is no different.  Being a group of transplants ourselves (most with a Davis expiration date, thanks Peace Corps), we could relate to their themes of transience interwoven through their debut album.  Songs like Down in the Valley brought us together and Winter Song and especially Rivers and Roads (which Charity absolutely kills live, wait for about the 3:00 mark for goosebumps) sent everyone on their way to bigger and better things.

I got the chance to see them again at the famous Fillmore Auditorium (no pictures, sorry) and then again at Sophia's Thai Kitchen in a super intimate bar patio setting for only $15!  I showed up early (I was the first one there at 5pm), watched Charity pass me a few times before I mustered up the courage to approach her and ask for her autograph.  She was super nice and seemed very flattered; she shook my hand and asked my name before signing like 6 posters for my friends and I (we got the rest of the band's autographs after the show).

And that wasn't even the best part of the night.  To give you an idea of how close we were, here's a video courtesy of Abdul:

And then this happened.  Sorry for the quality, but yes that's me singing a chorus during the show with Jonathan Russell.

I've realized that excuses are the easy way out for a lot of people.  So easily can people find an external roadblock between themselves and their dreams.  There's always a convenient excuse to why you can't travel (or whatever your dream may be).  It surely isn't your fault, right?  I challenge you to challenge yourself and maybe reevaluate your priorities.  Unless you're happy sitting in your graves.

"All my friends are talkin' about leavin', about leavin', but all my friends are sittin' in their graves." - 

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