I have been terrible with keeping this blog up. My first post in a while isn’t even going to be about anything I’ve been working on. It’s going to be about Mumford & Sons. Go figure, right?
I had the best time 2 weekends ago. I went to Nashville with one of my best friends. We drove half way on Thursday night and made the rest of the trip on Friday. Friday night was the Mumford & Sons concert in Nashville. I was bummed because I had seats for the show. I tried for general admission and they sold out instantly. I had a different experience being in seats.
First of all, that was the first time I was seeing Mumford & Sons indoors. I have seen them at an outdoor venue or a festival every other time I have seen them. I really wasn’t sure what to expect in regards to them playing an arena.
I was not disappointed. They were phenomenal! I danced and sang my heart out which probably annoyed everyone around me. They were all sitting until they played The Cave and Little Lion Man which was ridiculous, however I didn’t let it bother me. I did my own thing. I had an amazing time. They changed my life, as they always do, every time I see them. Broken Crown was a highlight for me. They also brought out a whole bunch of awesome artists (John Oates, T Bone Burnett, Big Mike from Apache Relay) and played some amazing covers! It was one of the absolute best concerts I have ever been to. I cried at one point from being so happy. I didn’t want it to end.
Unfortunately, it ended. However, I spent the weekend in Nashville! Saturday was spent at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery! We did a tasting tour and it was awesome. I recommend taking that tour if you ever have the chance. The town square is cool and they have all sorts of fun Jack Daniels things to buy. We headed back to Nashville after the distillery and had dinner at a fun Irish pub right by our hotel. We drank (Jack Daniel’s of course), ate, and laughed so much! Saturday was such a great day.
Sunday we went to Belle Meade Plantation and spent the entire day there. We love anything historical. We toured the grounds, we took a tour of the house, and we sampled wine at the winery. We had an amazing brunch at the restaurant there and then shopped in the gift shop. We bought Blackberry Wine that the winery makes and lots of other fun things. After spending the entire day there we headed back to the hotel where we decided to just relax for the night. We put on pj’s and drank Blackberry wine, ordered pizza, and had a blast! We talked all night. We laughed. We cried. We just hung out and it was amazing. Monday we drove home but it was fun because we played games in the car. We did a lot of laughing all weekend and it was perfect!
So, that was a perfect weekend. I didn’t think it could be topped, but it was in a very different way.
This past weekend was life changing on so many levels. I went to Indianapolis on Saturday for the Mumford & Sons concert on Sunday. My friend and I had a late dinner with cheap drinks in a very weird bar not far from our hotel. It was a nice night to walk and I had fun talking and drinking with my friend I very rarely see. The next day we headed to the arena at 8:30am because we had general admission tickets. We were 4th and 5th in line for the concert. The three people in front of us were (are) AMAZING! We had so much fun sitting with them, talking, listening to music, and just hanging out. This is what GA is all about. You get to meet new friends who love the band just as much as you do. It’s the best. We had a pretty amazing day in line up until it turned ugly.
It was around 3pm that a guy and two sisters show up. They didn’t like our line. They got in front of us. They argued with us. They said they understood what we were saying because they stood in line for shows before. However, they wouldn’t move from the door. Our new friends were in line since 6:45am and these people show up at 3pm and are trying to be first. No, that’s not how that works. We had talked to security several times that day and they knew what we were doing. We were keeping order and trying not to make it chaotic. These people arrived and ruined all of it. We talked to security when they wouldn’t move. They didn’t do anything. The people leave to go to the bathroom and some of us re-claim our spots. They come back and start a fight saying they just went to the bathroom – which if they would have just gotten in line like everyone else they could have went to the bathroom and not lost their spot – and so the one sister pushed herself against one of our friends we made and refused to move. Security came out and witnessed the arguing and drama and did nothing to help anyone.
Here’s where it gets crazy. They had all the doors to the arena open. They had 3 security gates open. Instead of honoring our line and system they chose chaos. We spread ourselves across all of the doors in hopes that some of us would get in first and save places for the others once we got in. They motioned for us to come in at 4:30pm and it was chaos! We ran in, all of us, through every single door to the middle where the 3 security lines were open. We’re waiting to get through security when one of the other fans in line says “Hey! I just want everyone to be aware that the one girl slammed this girl’s head into the door.” We look and it was one of our friends we had made. It was the one friend who took one of the sisters spots when they left to use the bathroom. This girl was holding her forehead and was clearly shaken. She says, “she slammed the door into my head.” What?!? We have no time to process. The security line is moving. I somehow made it through pretty fast. My friend kept setting off the alarm. I found our friends spread across four of the 8 lines that were made in the lobby of the arena. So, we were near the front of one of the lines. The girl who got her head slammed in the door talked with security. She got a bandage on her head and was most likely going to need stitches but stayed for the show. The sister who did this to her got kicked out. She was escorted out of the arena. The entire lobby clapped as we watched her walk out the door. I’m not sure what happened to the other sister and the guy that was with them. It didn’t matter. Karma took care of that girl.
We waited there for an hour and a half. We made friends with our ticket scanner for our line. Shout out to Steve for being amazing! He scanned the first 10 people in line before 6pm. He had the rope down before 6 too. He’s the best.
6pm comes and all hell breaks loose. They give us the signal and all 8 lines just start running. We run up the stairs, security is yelling at us to stop running but we just keep going. We have to run past the first 2 entrances to the third entrance to get access on to the floor. Security tries to block us to tell us to stop running and be careful. We ignore them. We push through them and run down there stairs where it is utter chaos. The poor security guy is trying to hand out wristbands while the other security guard is checking our tickets. My friends make it on the floor. By the time I grab my wristband, the security guard drops most of the wristbands on the floor. I start to run when the other security guard who already had marked my ticket stops me and says he needs to check my ticket. He just makes a mark over his other mark. I run to my friends who saved me a spot on the rail. There weren’t enough spots but my awesome friend said I could have the rail spot because I have never been close to Mumford & Sons for a show ever. She’s amazing! Seriously. I appreciate her and what she did for me so much!
It was such a relief that after all the drama and chaos that we all made it on the rail. Karma helped us. We all made it to where we were meant to be.
We waited for the opening band to come on. Blake Mills came out and rocked it! I was in shock because I have not done GA for a show in a few years. I forgot the experience and how close you are to the stage and the band. Marcus came out on stage and played with Blake Mills for one song and I about died. Seeing him so close was so amazing! I was pumped for Mumford & Sons to come out!
The time went by so slowly between Blake Mills ending and Mumford & Sons coming out. I thought the moment would never come, but it did. Mumford & Sons walked out on stage and I felt the tears start to form. Marcus Mumford stood right in front of and I was the happiest I had ever been in I don’t even know how long. I completely lost myself in this concert. They completely blew me away and changed my life significantly in such a new way. I danced my ass off. I sang my heart out. I cried through so many songs. They played Reminder and I literally cried through the whole song. I made eye contact with Marcus all night! When he ran through the crowd during Ditmas, I was only a few people away from him. I was bummed I didn’t get to be closer to him but it was still amazing to see him in the crowd and so close to me.
I put my heart and soul into this concert. My voice was gone half way through the show. It was such an emotional show for me. I forgot how personal it is when you do GA. I felt like I was the only person in the arena and that they were there just for me. Everyone else melted away. All my problems melted away. It was an emotional release. It was therapy for me.
Mumford & Sons have gotten me through the last year and a half. I have relied on them to get me through since my dad died. They have been there for me when no one else was. They mean everything to me. Having this experience was amazing. It was beyond amazing. I cannot put into words every single emotion to describe my experience. It meant everything to me. To be in the front for a band who has made this last year and a half bearable means absolutely everything.
The night ended with me walking out of that arena with a set list in my hand.
It was one of the absolute best days of my life. I will never ever forget that experience.
Thank you Mumford & Sons for getting me through this last year and a half. Thank you for being the constant in my life. Thank you for being my therapists. Thank you for making such incredible music. Without your music, I would be lost. Thank you for playing such incredible shows. Thank you for changing my life.
I appropriately titled this post “Why do I keep falling?” It’s Mumford & Sons lyrics but also applies to how I feel about this band. Why do I keep falling for this band? Because they keep putting out incredible music that speaks to my heart and soul. They change my life constantly in so many ways.
Why do I keep falling?
“A lot of the time it feels like music is some sort of excuse to be a human.
It’s kind of like people need that excuse to go and
put their arms in the air and sing their hearts out.”
~ Marcus Mumford