September 30, 2011

Decide what to be and go be it.

(sorry about the ad at the beginning)

Last night I saw one of the most amazing shows of my life (and concerts are somewhat my thing.) The Avett Brothers performed like it was the last performance of their lives, like, they gave it all and then some, even though we were this random town along the way of their tour.

I could go on with the life retrospectives but I'll just leave it at that.

I do have to say I had a moment of clarity, in the audience not as someone obsessed with the band and their music and wanting to be them or with them. This time was different. I have crossed over to old lady status or maybe have just finally grown up. The tears crowded my eyes and with a mother's heart I looked at them and thought their mom must be so proud. I'm proud of them and their talent. I am so thankful they shared it with us.

These lyrics are so timely:

I wonder which brother is better
Which one our parents love the most
I sure did get in lots of trouble
They seemed to let the other go

A tear fell from my father’s eyes
I wondered what my dad would say
He said I love you
And I’m proud of you both, in so many different ways

Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.
-Murder in the City, The Avett Brothers


  1. Wow, they're good! Thanks for sharing.

  2. How have I never heard of them before? Awesomeness. Thanks for sharing, Steph.


  3. That was beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh my. My. favorites,,,,,,

  5. I've seen them twice, and will go for a third tomorrow night in Indy! (You know you really love a band when you go to a venue without seats at 8 months pregnant!) My first Mother's Day gift from my husband was a frame that he had engraved with "Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that lets us share our name." I can totally relate to what a moving experience seeing them live is.

  6. I LOVE that song. :) I'd love to see them in concert...need a babysitter! ;)

  7. 1) I love the Avett Brothers, 2) I want to go to a concert with you sometime, and 3) I love this post. I, too, find myself more and more enjoying watching people be awesome without that uncomfortable jealous feeling of wanting to be awesome myself. Not that I'm not awesome in my own way, of course, just that I am happy to let other people be awesome in their own way without feeling bad that it's not me. (Did that make sense?)

  8. I've never heard of them (I'm so music illiterate and uncool). But I love this post.

  9. Oh this made me almost cry. And I always feel like I'm looking at people as if I was their mom. I am SO glad I'm not the only one. :)

  10. I love that you were able to go see them. They are really talented and poetic. Love that.

  11. I love that you could see them in this way. It's such a gift, to feel pride in others.

  12. When I heard this Murder in the City song, I fell into tears. This line, gets me too:

    "Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name."



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