I’ve been thinking about writing this blog post since about 8:30 last night. It’s a little hard for me to put my thoughts into words without fangirling all over the place, or making this sound like a diary entry. So, here it goes.
Yesterday Kate, Jean, and I saw Matt Nathanson at Festa Italiana. I’ve been a fan of Matt’s for, I think, 10 years now? Maybe? I don’t really remember, if we’re being honest. It was before “Beneath these Fireworks”, because I remember hunting through record shops for that album…. only the independent stores had it, and I think I ended up buying it from a small store on the south side.
Either way, this is Matt’s third album release since “Beneath these Fireworks” (which still remains my favorite album), not counting his live album “At the Point”, and his 10th album release through his career. I’ve introduced a few people to him, and have to say that Kate’s love has taken off more than I could have hoped… he’s the one musician that the two of us adore and will drive ANYWHERE to see – no questions asked.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet him several times in the past, before he had radio hits that caused him to become more well known. I’m bitter that I don’t get time with him after shows as frequently any longer, but am incredibly happy that he’s FINALLY getting the recognition he deserves.
A few radio stations were giving away meet & greet passes to see Matt before the performance, and while Kate and I didn’t win (even though basically everyone in the call center tried to win them for us – THANKS GUYS!) I found out from Facebook, the name of a girl that HAD won them. Not expecting anything to come of it, I sent her a pleading Facebook message, explaining my love and dedication to this musician. To her credit, she replied, and said that while she’d been a fan for a long time as well, her husband couldn’t go with her, and she’d be happy to share the passes with me.
After talking to Kate, because I didn’t want to abandon her, she told me to go for it (she’s an amazing friend), so I got three seconds with Matt before the show.
While it wasn’t what I’m used to as far as talk time with Matt, I was able to tell him (briefly) how much his songs mean to me. Not to be overly dramatic here, but his lyrics have gotten me through some amazingly dark times in my life. I have several tattooed and have several more planned. I felt like he’d want to know that his words were incredibly inspiring, and touched fans in ways that he probably wasn’t even aware. After a tight hug from Matt, the picture was snapped, and it was time for the show.
It was freaking amazing. Just astounding. Songs from the new album, songs from the older albums… and there were moments where I felt completely at peace with everything. Nothing mattered in that moment except the friends I was with and the music I was listening to. It was an hour and a half of total contentment (is that a word?). For 90 minutes I was able to let go of all the things that don’t really matter in the long run… money, work, all of the unnecessary things that I put myself through… all just disappeared.
It was just me, my best friend, and our favorite musician. people joke about moments being a religious experience, and at the risk of offending anyone reading this, I truly, truly felt that last night. “Car Crash” was 3 minutes and 28 seconds of what I imagine people feel like in their respective places of worship.
I’m not comparing Matt to a God, he’s not, but the feeling that I had last night was just an awesome sense of peace… contentment, and complete faith that everything would be alright. While Matt is NOT my religion, it was a perfect night.
While this is not as eloquent as I would like, I just felt like I needed to get this all out and down before I forgot any details. Thank you, Matt. Thank you for your words, pouring your heart out onto paper, and sharing it with all of us.