Remember what I said last week about loving Lady A?
Welcome to a walk through my obsession with all things music & lyrics.
Last night was magic. You might be sick of me saying that, but maybe now you’ll understand why I can’t stop going to shows. Once they stop feeling like magic, I’ll be ready to call it quits. Until then, you get to read about pure, true love.
Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour opened up with Brett Young and all I have to say is mmmm mm.
I first saw Brett Young earlier this year at Tortuga, making sure we got to the beach early enough so that I could rush the stage and sing all of his beautiful songs. Brett is the true definition of an artist who has songs that just rip right through you. They are actual stories that I can sit around and listen to, imagining them happening to me. You’ve heard the bangers like Sleep Without You or In Case You Didn’t Know – but the true talent sits inside of songs like Like I Loved You and Memory Won’t Let Me. He played exactly five songs and it wasn’t enough for me to be satisfied, but it was amazing. With only a couple of songs on the radio I stood out like a sore thumb dancing around like a fool, but that’s what it’s all about. Go get his music, see him when you can, and fall in love just like everyone else. He also posts super cutesy sentimental things on Instagram (@brettyoungmusic) just like a man after my own heart, so, swoon.
Kelsea Ballerini is someone I actually got to check off of my list of artists that I haven’t seen (there’s maybe 2 left) that I was actually excited about seeing.
I tend to like female artists more than my friends do because of that whole sentimental/sappy thing I have going on, but Kelsea is different. She has plenty of those, but when it comes to true talent and songs that aren’t always love songs, it was almost obnoxious. I’m one to get goosebumps even just singing along to songs in my car if I love them enough – but this was on another level. Her new music, her old music, all of it is ridiculously good. She did sing about loving her cute fiancé (Morgan Evans who also has a banger out called Kiss Somebody) and that’s what really gets me. The stories these people are singing about are REAL stories. Either the artist themselves or the songwriters who put them together felt some type of way and put it on paper for someone to record, sharing this beauty with the world. She does that a whole heck of a lot and I really appreciate it.
There was a point in the show where she slows everything down, of course, and chooses to sing a song with the crowd that everyone would know. This is of personal importance to me because as a concert goer, you want to feel like the artist understands who is in their audience and what they want to see/feel. She gets that, being a self-proclaimed concert lover herself, and did just that for us. Brought us in to her “20,000 person living room” just to hang out for a while. Kelsea, I’m about it.
Of course, though, we were there for Lady A – and Lady A was there for us. I already told ya’ll the story of my first time seeing them – up close and personal the same night I saw Sam Hunt for the first time. Last night was admittedly much better. I think it matters where you are in your life when you start to appreciate songs for different reasons and I’m at a point in my life where Lady A just gets me, and I get them.
If you haven’t heard their new album Heart Break, I suggest you go get it right now. This is songwriting at its absolute finest and the reason I continue to believe in good music. This album is what made my best friend ask me why I don’t write songs because of how closely it resonates with my passions. There’s probably two distinct reasons why that is.
One is that the songs are passionate, full of love & feeling & heart & truth, just like me. The other is that the songwriter on a handful of these songs is someone I really admire. Nicolle Galyon is a boss of a songwriter. She moved to Nashville wanting to represent artists, not be their writer, but alas here she is with a serious gift and turned it into her career. Interesting how someone can have a passion for something and try to go down different paths until life just steps in and tells you otherwise. I’d recommend following her on Instagram (@nicatnitemusic) because she is amazing & admirable and I want to be just like her when I grow up.
Back to last night. You forget how many bangers an artist has until the first few notes and you’re just standing there as the sun sets and the breeze kicks up like “oh shit I Run To You, I see you!!” and you’re lost in a moment. I don’t have many pictures because I realized a long time ago that it’s much more fun watching a concert through memories and not through a phone screen. That’s also something to keep in mind about life.