i love jesus
and walk the moon
and i'm slowly but surely learning how much (amazing) music exists in this world.
one time nicholas petricca hugged me and told me i have a beautiful voice after i sang with him (x)
kevin ray knows me by name
you should listen to walk the moon's new song: (x)
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i live in p o r t l a n d
Posted on 30 September, 2014Reblogged from itsallierenee
Portland, Oregon: 9.26.14
Okay I had been looking forward to this concert for 4 months as it was my birthday present back on June 1st. I was going with my brother (Palmer), my sister (Evelyn), and my friend (David). We got to the venue, McMenamin’s Edgefield, at 7:45 AM. We set up a bunch of chairs and blankets in line to sit on and, after checking the tour bus area and seeing that Sam’s wasn’t there, went back to the line and hung out for a couple hours. At about 10, we saw three guys riding their bikes around the area (it’s an outdoor venue). We recognized one as part of Sam’s crew and went to his buses and sure enough, his bus was there! By this point, we had three other friends with us (Ella, Emma, and Anzlie). Here’s all of us:
We waited a little while and saw Vula, one of his backup singers, come out of the bus. We yelled and smiled and waved at her and she waved back so we freaked out. We had made shirts for the concert:
And we really wanted to meet him so he could see them. We Instagrammed this photo really quick and tagged him in it with the hope that he’d see it and come out and meet us:
Then about thirty minutes later we saw SAM come out with a few people and we were like, “SAM!!!” he waved to us and made a heart with his hands! We were so excited. But then he went into this tent and we couldn’t see him anymore. :( We waited for about another hour and then we saw him go into the area where the stage/amphitheater was. So we ran along the fence and my brother is so tall that he could see over the fence and he called Sam’s name and waved and Sam waved back. Then we were like, “Sam, check your Instagram!!!” and he said, “I don’t have my phone!”. We said, “It’s okay; check it later!! Check your tagged photos!” And then he CAME OVER to us and was talking to us through the gate/fence area. My sister and I shook his hand through this gap in the gate haha and he was sooo nice and his hand was so soft. We said, “Look at our shirts!” and he said he loved them and we said, “We have one for you! Do you want it??” He said yes so we gave it to him through the fence and he was with his bassist so he showed him and he was laughing. He was like, “Look at this!” My sister said, “Do you love it?” And he said, “I love it so much.” We had this print on the front:
And he said, “Oh you have the floral SS! That’s a really good idea. I need ideas for my second album…” And we couldn’t believe it. He said again that it was a good idea and we said, “It’s yours!! You can totally take our idea.” Then I said, “We’ll be front and center and we know ALL the words.” He said thank you and then I asked if he could sing Berlin and he said, “We are, yes.” And we said, “Oh my gosh thank you we love that song!!!” Emma asked if she could take a Polaroid picture with him after the show and he said, “Oh yeah, I’ll come and see you after.” My sister said, “I mean, we ARE the only people in line right now if you wanna come say hi to us…” He said, “Y’know, when I’ve showered I might come back out over there,” and pointed back over by the buses where we had been standing before. We said okay and that we would go right back over there. He said, “Well I don’t want you guys to miss out on anything…” And we said,”Miss out on what?! We’re here for you!!” And he said, “Aww, so sweet,” and smiled. “Thank you for this,” he said, lifting up the shirt, and then he walked away. We flipped and started running away and screaming and then we did a group hug and we were so so excited.
We went back to the buses and waited for him. We decided we wouldn’t scream if he did in fact decide to come out and see us. Then, about half an hour later, he reposted my photo on Instagram…..we all screamed SO loud and we were jumping up and down and going craaaazy because we were not expecting that at all!
The caption was “I love you guys!! Funniest T shirts ever haha”. :)
After we settled down a bit this woman asked us why we were screaming and we explained what happened to her. She was really nice and she had and All Access pass so I think she was a runner. She was driving a van and told us that she would be going in and out and to be careful so she didn’t run us over haha. Every time she drove in and out we would wave to her. We waited a few more minutes and then Reuben came out!!! He was riding this bike and wearing a Sherlock Holmes hat and he was being so funny haha. We showed him our shirts and told him we gave one to Sam and he said, “Where’s mine?!” Haha we told him we were sorry and that we would bring him one next time. Then he rode his bike back into the backstage area. We kept waiting and then about four girls came down to where we were. We waited about half an hour longer and then we saw him come out! The woman with the van drove it into the backstage area and we were like okay they are all going to get lunch or something obviously because it was like 12:30. But THEN only Sam and one other man got into the van and the woman drove it right outside the gate and stopped it! The four girls ran right over to the van but we waited because we wanted to make sure we gave Sam his space. After a couple seconds the woman got out of the van and said to us, “Go over there!” We were like what? And she said, “He came out here just for you guys!” We were SPEECHLESS. So we ran over there and waited til the girls were done and then we started talking to him. We thanked him for reposting our Instagram photo and then I asked him if he would be doing the Restart dance and he said yes. Then he looked at me and said, “I don’t know if we can do Berlin anymore, actually.” I said, “Aww why?” He said, “Well, I’ve got a sore throat.” Evelyn said, “Can you sing a little bit of it at soundcheck??” He straight up said no and it was like the funniest thing ever I don’t know why hahaha. I said, “We love your smile!!!” And he smiled and said thank you and then Evelyn said, “We love it when you smile with your teeth!!” And he smiled even bigger haha. Then we all took pictures. Right before we took ours I said, “We are brother and sisters!” And he said, “Aww I love that!” We all had him sign our shirts too:
He started getting back in the van and we told him we would be front and center that night and he said thank you and we were like thank YOU!!! Then we waved as they drove away. I’m telling you, it pays to be nice to any and all personnel at a venue! We ran back to the line and looked at the pictures we got with Sam and then I gasped and said, “EVELYN!!! He’s smiling with his teeth in our picture!!!!!” And she said “NO” and took my phone and saw the picture and then she started crying. Here’s the pic:
So we sat there in line for 5ish more hours. The highlights were listening to Sam soundcheck and also people kept coming up to us and saying, “I saw you on Sam’s Instagram!!!” or asking us about our signed shirts/what time we got there since we were at the front of the line, etc. so that was pretty fun. We got to talk to Reuben again too! We devised a plan between the seven of us to make sure we would get spots at the very front and center of the stage. And once we got inside it worked! We were exactly front and center.
We had to wait and hour and a half for Broods to start once we got inside :/ They were great though and I’m glad I got to see them because I’ve liked Bridges for awhile now. Then we had to wait about 20/25 minutes for them to set up for Sam! FINALLY the curtains opened and everybody was there, the entire band and backup singers and everything…and then Sam came out! We already knew the entire order of his setlist and everything haha. But right when he started Nirvana he saw all of us in the front row and smiled at us and gave a little wave and it was honestly the best. This isn’t my video, but you can see him waving at us here:
Evelyn and I went HAM during Together because we looooove that song. Not that many people knew it so it was cool to be some of the few singing. He sang “How Will I Know”, and during the lyric “Looks into my eyes”, SAM MADE EYE CONTACT WITH ME. HE LOOKED ME IN THE EYES. It was so good. I was so happy. I think he was looking at my sister and me because we were the only ones singing the words because his rendition of the song is a little different than Whitney Houston’s, so the only way we knew that song was from studying up on his version weeks prior! Throughout the whole show Evelyn and I would like move our hands/fingers when Sam would do his runs because we knew exactly where they were in each song, because the live versions are different than the recorded versions. Vula kept looking at us and she even winked at Evelyn. Reuben had looked at us plenty of times and when we waved to him he would always smile at us. If you’ve ever watch Sam’s live videos, you know Money on My Mind has a few extra lyrics in it from CeCe Peniston’s “Finally”. Evelyn and I LOVE that part so we were jumping up and down so much during that part. It was awesome. I think that was my favorite part of any of his songs during the entire show.
But the BEST part was when he came back out for Latch during the encore. During “I’m so encaptured, got me wrapped up in your touch”, Sam looked at David, Palmer, me, Evelyn, and Ella. He made eye contact with/sang to all of us!!! It was awesome. We were going crazy. Here’s the video:
My sister got it on video too (it’s great because we were right in the frnot aka directly under him) and it was awesome:
Right before Stay With Me, he said, “I know I’m not supposed to say this, but…you guys have been my favorite show so far.”:
And the crowd when INSANE!!! IT was awesome. Stay With Me was incredible, obviously, with 6,000 people singing along. It was great. Right after, when Sam was walking off, he waved bye to everyone and then he blew THREE KISSES to us in the front row which was AMAZING! Then Evelyn and I waved to Vula and she made a little motion to us of like wagging her finger in the air, like she was imitating what Evelyn and I would do when Sam was singing his runs. :) After the show, we tried to get the setlist but security would NOT give any to anyone. Then they started clearing us out. So I went to merch and bought the black SS sweatshirt with his silhouetted face on the back. Then we went down to the buses to wait to try to meet him once again.
When we got down there, there were SO many people waiting. At least 200. There was a FAT line that was about 4 people wide and it was ridiculous. Then security had everyone form a big blob right where the gate opened up so that Sam could sign autographs more easily. The security guard said, “When he comes out, NO SCREAMING. We ask that you move out of the way after you get your autograph so others can get theirs too.” Then Sam came out a few seconds later and everyone whispered, “HIIIIII,” haha. He was signing a lot of autographs and taking pictures and stuff. Then after a couple minutes one of my friends said, “HE’S WEARING YOUR SHIRT!!” I was like WHAT and we were so so excited!!! We decided we DEFINITELY wanted to be last to meet him so we could have a conversation with him and take a picture of all of us wearing the shirts together. So we waited and for a few minutes and my friend suggested I write all our Instagram names down and give them to Sam when we met him, so I did that. Then a girl came up to us and asked for a picture with us which was awesome!
Then we heard everyone say, “Awww nooo!” and “Byyeee!” And we were like OH NO so I grabbed my brother because he’s really tall and we ran up to the fence to where Sam was because he came back to sign a few autographs and we said, “SAM, thanks for wearing our shirt!” He didn’t hear us. Again, “Thank you for wearing our shirt!!” Nothing. He signed one more autograph and he was about to leave and we said, “Sam!!! Thank you for wearing our shirt!” He stopped and looked at my brother and me and said, “I love you guys!” We said, “You did so good, thank you!!!” He hugged me and then my brother like hugged me from behind so it was like a little sandwich haha. Sam was holding a drink and I could tell he was already pretty tipsy haha. He still had the sticker on his shirt from the store we got it printed at haha:
So I patted it and said, “You need to take this off!” Then I said, “Here, this is for you,” and tried to give him the paper with our Instagram names on it. He looked at me and said, “I’m wearing your shirt?” And I said I know hahaha this is for you and I gave it to him then he said, “I love you guys,” again and then he pulled me close to him and KISSED ME ON THE CHEEK. I WAS IN SHOCK. Then that was it! He left! everyone was coming up to me and stuff and I was just like, “NO. NNOOOOOOO NO NO,” because I couldn’t believe it!!! And he was gone. There were still probably a hundred people waiting to talk to him and I was so happy to get to be able to see him. We didn’t get our group picture but I honestly didn’t even care.
My brother and David and I were walking back to our car when we saw one of Sam’s backup singers (it wasn’t Vula and I don’t know her name! I can’t find her on Instagram or anything I’m so frustrated haha so let me know if you know who she is)! We said, “YOU GUYS DID SO GOOD!!! THANK YOU! We were in the front row!” She said, “Thank you! I remember you guys!” I said, “My sister and I LOVE the Restart dance! We’re like, ‘What do you want from me? When I just wanna restart?’” And I started singing and doing the dance haha. She laughed and said, “This has been the best show yet this tour!” And we were like REALLY?! Awesome! Then we went back to the car!
Vula posted a picture a little later and I commented on it and said, “Thank you for such an amazing show! We were the 5 kids in the front wearing white shirts!” And then she liked my photo that we took with Sam :) Reuben also posted a picture saying it was the best show yet:
And Sam’s drummer tweeted about it too, so we knew Sam wasn’t just “saying that”!:
And that was it! What an INCREDIBLE day. Feel free to message me if you have any questions! Thank you for reading!
Posted on 19 September, 2014Reblogged from bientotvoyageur
honestly im not the best at that i still need to learn how to balance God and life. but your soul is something that needs to be fed. freshman year of college, i never spent any time w God, never really went to church or read my Bible. and it affected me a lot. the gr8 thing about God is that He’s always waiting for us, always ready to be let into our lives again. find time in the morning to just read a chapter of Psalms or Proverbs. pray to Him randomly throughout the day. if you acknowledge Him in all your ways, He’ll make your paths straight. even when life is hectic, we can probably throw out 15 minutes of internet browsing to spend time w Him.
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