Hi, guys! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post, so I thought I would start out with something “easy” if you will, and write about the concert that I went to back in January of this year: the Follow Through Tour with Unspoken, and special guests We Are Messengers and Tyrus Morgan. It had been a while since I’d been to a concert, let alone a Christian concert, so I was super excited to go! As a concert enthusiast, I could literally go to almost any concert and be a happy camper because as a musician and an avid music lover I live for the concert experience. The purpose of a concert is for you to be able to experience the artist in person and be in a room or arena packed full of people with the same love for the artist. It’s also a place for you to get to know the artist better because concerts or live performances are usually where an artist shares stories about their life or the songs that they sing.
So having been to many concerts and being the music lover that I am, I went with many expectations; probably too many expectations really. I’d just been through many different seasons all rolled into what seemed like a very long year, and I just wanted to feel that “concert high” that you get when attending concerts. I just needed to hear some great stories, and leave feeling inspired and motivated by what I’d experienced that night. I had also planned on blogging about my experience but never have written a post about it all until now. It’s funny how you try to plan out things like that and then life just takes you in a completely different direction than you thought you were going to go. I tried multiple times to write out a post about this concert but every time I tried I would freeze up and fight tooth and nail to try to get a single paragraph written. (Because that’s apparently what I do when I’m given a topic to write about… Just ask my mom, she will tell you the exact same thing. I struggled all the way through my creative writing class in high school because I literally couldn’t write about a topic if it was expected of me.)
Anyway, I went to the concert with my mom and four of my cousins from my mom’s side of the family. We went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant beforehand and then headed to the church where the concert was being held. When we got to the church it was already full of people getting snacks, buying merch, and in line for the bathroom before it started. All I wanted to do was get into the auditorium and sit in our seats because I literally hate big crowds of any kind. I love concerts, I just don’t love all of the people swarming around me before and after the concerts. But I guess it just comes with the territory of loving concerts… to attend a concert you’ve got to deal with all the people that attend with you. Lol!
The opener was a guy named Tyrus Morgan, who I’d never heard of before that night and honestly haven’t heard anything from him since then. But he had a really cool story which included the adoption of his daughter from Ethiopia. It’s always really cool when you hear from an artist you’ve never heard before, and you fall in love with their story and their music when you came because you loved someone else’s music. But I haven’t thought about him or his music much since that night, and actually had to google what his name was while writing this. You come across so many artists and performers, especially up and coming artists, that most slip through the cracks of all of the bigger artists, and even those get hard to keep track of at times.
The second band was We Are Messengers, and I hadn’t really known too much about them yet except for their two radio singles: Magnify and Everything Comes Alive and the lead singers unique voice. I love people with accents, especially when it shines through singing, and his voice was very unique. The band was originally from Ireland and moved to America because God had told them that that is where He wanted them to be. The lead singer, Darren, whom I also just looked up his name, had this incredible passion and thankfulness for what God was and is doing in his life. I’m a fan of mostly females singers, but it’s guys like that who are so passionate about God that really resonate with me. Throughout the band’s whole set he was very funny, sometimes serious, and told a lot of honest life stories. It made me love the band and their songs even more than I did before that night. I look forward to the next time that they are in the area so that I can attend their concert again.
When Unspoken finally hit the stage after a short intermission, I was already getting tired and draggy from being up since 5 am for work that day so I could’ve almost left at that point. (When I get tired everything I hear sounds extra loud and it feels really weird.) But I’m glad that we stayed till the end because although the first half of their set was really loud, I was re-energized by the second half so I was able to enjoy it all. I knew a lot more of their songs since they were the most known with more songs on the radio, but it was still neat to hear the stories behind the songs just the same as the other two performers. My favorite song that they did was a song called Roots which showcases all of the different cultures and areas that the band members come from. Overall, it was a great night, and I left with a refreshed soul from the words spoken to the whole crowd, and an inspired mind to create music by the whole experience created that night. It’s one of the coolest things to experience art and experience God all in one night through what these musicians do for a living.
I think a musician has one of the coolest jobs in the world in my opinion, but also one of the toughest jobs in some ways. From the very beginning he must work very hard to get noticed by playing shows every where he can, and maybe he’ll get noticed. Then he must work even harder after being noticed to produce music to put out there for the world to make a name for himself. Then he will play radio shows and small shows with the hope to one day play sold out stadiums and have his song go number one and get on the radio. There are so many people out there just like him wanting to do the exact same thing and have to do all of those things just like him to get noticed. Then when he makes it to the big leagues where people know his name, can sing every word to every song, and he’s on top of the world, he’s still making the same sacrifices that he did in the beginning – sacrificing his time and having a stable job and home for his family if he has one. Now that’s having determination and passion for what he does and wants to do: spread music across the world.
I think it’s a really cool “calling” if you will, to be a musician because you make it your job to spread music which in turn produces joy and happiness throughout the world. Concerts are great for having a good time and having a chance to take a break from reality if only for a couple hours but they are even better when you get the chance to get a glimpse at a musician’s heart to find out why he does what he does. That greatness is then magnified when the sole reason why a musician does what he does is to spread the name of Jesus across the globe one song and one show at a time. That’s the heart of these musician’s that played this show, and it was incredible to see, especially in a world where the media showcases more hurt in the world than good. I came in with an expectant heart for selfish reasons: to feel better about myself and to get something out of it for myself, and I probably should’ve left with nothing in return. But God is a God full of grace and mercy that He continuously pours out for even the least of us, just like He did that night, and I left with many little nuggets of wisdom, inspiration, and a greater love for Him.