Saturday, February 27, 2010

What It's All About!

Tonight we played an INCREDIBLE show in Houston, TX.

It was honestly the kind of show that reminds me why I love to do what I do. We flew from Nashville to Houston and got picked up by a great guy named Dennis, whom we spent most of the day with. From that point on, every person we ran into was so kind, friendly, and hospitable!

The venue held about 1500, standing room only, and the house was PACKED. An actual WARNING was displayed to the crowd regarding the lighting.... I had never seen anything like this before... haha!

Warning!

When we hit the stage, the crowd was already ready to throw down. What an amazing energy there already was. It was a screaming, dancing, jumping party from the get-go. Friend Like that, Let's Dance, California, Live Life Loud, and Bring Em Out definitely seemed to be the favorites.... although Ode to Lord Stanley, Alive, and Meaning of Life definitely got some love!

I wanted to share a moment with you here.... One of my favorite songs that we've ever recorded as a band is a song called Lest We Forget. We started playing the song live this week, and the bridge of this song gets me every time! The string section and the band just feel so good together, and of course, it's my moment to be a selfish guitar player! Justin and Dan have some really great musical moments in it as well.

Anyways.... I had to record my in-ear mix for some other purposes tonight, and I thought it might be fun to share with you this particular moment from the set.... but from my perspective. This is exactly what I hear in my ears when we're performing. Since it's my in-ear mix you're hearing, you'll hear the click track that helps keep us all in time.

Here's the bridge of Lest We Forget, live in Houston:


I think the other guys and myself all had the same feeling tonight..... The feeling of... "This is what it's all about." For us, there is no greater pleasure or honor than to spend our evenings connecting with people on a level like we did tonight.

Thanks, Houston, for bringing your A-Game. You're the best!

Jonathan

4 comments:

Christina said...

Can't wait to see you guys play in Australia in April!!!

it makes me smile and dance just thinking about it!!

Katie McNeil said...

That was pretty sweet! I've always wondered what exactly it sounds like in in-ears.

Joey said...

So i was the guy who jumped on stage while yall were playing bring em out at soul link maybe you remember i was the first one to jump up there. That is like my favorite song of all time and i was so into it yall were awesome you guys totally rocked the house. And im a drummer in a band made up of some other guys in my youth group and you guys totally inspired us this weekend. Cuz were actually doing a talent show/Benifit concert this weekend for haiti and we are so excited now because your show was amazing. You guys are a true inspiration! Keep Rocking.

janetplanet said...

You don't know how happy it makes me to know that "Alive" and "Lest We Forget" are on your set as they are my 2 fave songs on your album. Hopefully you guys come down to So Cal to hear them live. When i first heard the album I KNEW I would love to hear "Alive" live.

BTW, that in ear mix is amazing. Makes me so excited to hear it love.