As usual, I am four years late to the party, so to speak. But, I have been loving this song lately. I can listen to it a million times in a row. But, I also love the video, as well. It reminds me of being young and going to concerts, although I am pretty sure my hair was never as cool or trendy.
Then it occurred to me, I’ve gone to so many different concerts with a lot of my favorite people. I was thinking how we saw Coldplay at the Backyard with Erica and Jerry (and of course, Joe had to pee during the one song that I really wanted to hear). Rachel and I went to our very first concert together with my dad: Rockfest at the Texas Motor Speedway. We’ve gone to plenty of concerts with Steve & Courtney and would always make “the wall” to keep people from getting in front us. I think about how we saw Silverchair with Aron and Sarah, but they don’t like to hang in the same part of the stage as we do, so we barely saw them until the end.
Of course, I couldn’t forget Bellie and Sara. You gotta love family that’s willing to start fights with 300 lb bikers that step on your feet. I remember all of us laughing on the back patio of Emo’s while we people-watched. I think about Sara taking Joe and I to Horde Fest when I first moved to Austin to go to UT (and having shoes so muddy we had to wrap HEB bags around them in her car). Heck, even Nana got in on the mix at Oyster Bake. She once tried to protect Joe and I from a knife fight that broke out near by during Better than Ezra’s set. I only regret that I missed the time Joe had to rescue Sara from the mosh pit at the Toadies.
Maybe you will watch this video and think of none of those things. You know you are getting older when the last time you went to a concert, you keep talking about your baby and hoping the headliner will come on soon because your back hurts from standing so long. Although my concert going nights are over, I feel like I can fondly reflect on my 20’s and the fun I had at concerts (or the near dehydration that struck a few too many times).
Austin Music Hall, South Park Meadows (before you were a shopping center), the Mercury (and you later renamed yourself the Parish), Emo’s, La Zona Rosa, Waterloo Park, Auditorium Shores, the Frank Erwin Center, Lucy’s Surfer Bar, the Backyard, Encore Movies and Music, the Cactus Cafe — thanks for the youthful memories, guys! And of course, thanks to my Joe, who was always with me at concerts, never laughing at my head-bobbing, always singing the words with me, not letting me fall asleep, and high-fiving me after we touched a crowd surfing Chris Cornell. That’s love!