So, I frequently attend shows.--usually one every two weeks, if not weekly.
Normally, when I see a band that I like and can put on a good show, I walk away feeling pleased and satisfied. Maybe even anxious for the next time I'll be able to see them again...
Monday night I saw The Maine play at the Knitting Factory in NYC.
And let me just say that for the FIRST time in a LONG time, I walked away feeling HAPPY.
It, by no means, was the best show I've ever seen, but I felt, Truly, Genuinely, Content.
My face was a HUGE, cheshire grin from ear to ear.
You make think that The Maine is:
2. A CIWWAF ripoff
3. A bunch of unfunny, young punks.
But let me tell you,
I've seen Cute over 8x and Never did they perform like this.
I'm not sure if it was the fact that I knew the songs so well,
or that John did this little move when he sang,
or that the the lead vocals were really on point...
But, I danced along
quietly sang all the words
and couldn't stop thinking,
"I'm so happy right now"
over and over again.
I walked away from the set--not bummed that it was over,
but happy that it happened.
I jumped on Chris and shouted,
"The 14-year old in me came out!"
Maybe THAT was it--
I sort of mentally returned to that age where small stuff--like five guys singing love songs--was all I needed to hear to be in a good mood.
I was happy about everything...about life overall--as if everything was right in the world.
It was almost like that feeling of puppy love--the happiness without the paranoia and anxiety.
That feeling may never return at another show
But for once in my life--I didn't have a care in the world--
and it felt AWESOME.
In 1997, as a scraggly 12 year old kid I fell in love with Third Eye Blind.
I would spent every afternoon after school watching their video on Vh1's Top Ten countdown
Then I'd tune into z100's interactive 9 at 9 to catch "Semi-Charmed Life" play.
By 9:30PM I had popped the cd in and held the headphones close and dear to my ears as I did my homework.
Such mature lyrics for an adolescent...but I loved singing along to the songs.
In the summertime, I'd lay out and play "The Background" and "Motorcycle Drive By" on repeat.
I was too young to attend a show by myself and no girl I knew every liked them.
It wasn't until college that I actual found people that cared about their music.
In fact, every band that I started to like seemed to credit them as an influence.
There were actually other people out there who respected them too?!?
Well, when they came to Starland Ballroom last year, the tickets sold out too fast for my to get them.
Million Dollar Bill told me he would have taken me and I was even more sad.
But to make up for it, he stole their set lists for their two shows and brought them back for me.
That's love <3.
So, I am THRILLED to say that after 11 years of sadness over missing their shows,
I will be attending all FOUR in April.
April 1 - Show #1 Starland Ballroom
April 2 - Show #2 Starland Ballroom
April 29 - Show #1 Nokia Theater
April 30 - Show #2 Nokia Theater
That's right I'm greedy.
I deserve four shows in one month after having no shows for 11 years.
So far, I'm attending these things solo.
It should be a dance...or maybe sway party...if you see me and want to sway then you're more than welcome to join in.
I'm fully STOKED to the maxx.
It's like Christmas in March...
Hopefully I'll get out of work on time--Oh SNAP!