March 1, 2012

mat kearney.

Last week, Mat Kearney played the most amazing show at the Warfield. He told the crowd that it was a dream come true for him—that he'd always hoped to play the venue—and he definitely made the most of his time onstage. I've seen him live before and he always puts on an incredible show, but that night, I was in awe. The kind of awe that takes days to shake, and even then it's not forgotten.

Are there any bands or artists that immediately transport you to a specific time and a specific place from your past? Forever and ever, Mat Kearney will carry me back to a rainy, gorgeous fall in Oxford, England. Each and every time I hear the opening chords to one of his songs, it's 2007 and there are golden-brown leaves crunching beneath my feet.

My time abroad was strange, a complicated phase. My heart was both splintered and full, both breaking and rebuilding. Shattered, yet bursting with the kind of joy that comes around once in a lifetime.

Needless to say, I was somewhat of a mess. A happy mess, but a mess nonetheless.

I listened to his Nothing Left to Lose album every day, all day. It's an album full of hope and optimism, a sense of nostalgia and longing and bold perseverance. It felt raw and dramatic in the best, most satisfying way. It lifted and lit me up from within.
Sometimes I struggle to recommend music because it's such a special, personal thing for each of us, you know? This music carries me across an ocean, though, across half a decade. I hope you love it, too.

Crashing Down
Breathe In Breathe Out
All I Need
Ships in the Night

Do you have any favorite takes-you-back-every-time music?
Would love to hear about it :)

(Photos: My Flickr)


Victoria said... [Reply to comment]

These photos are simply amazing! I have always wanted to go to a theater like this! One day....<3
It sounds like you had a blast!
Victoria from Unlock Your World

Kristina Streeter said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE Mat Kearney!! I had the opportunity to watch him perform and meet him in 2005, back before he was officially "famous". He is a very talented guy and makes my heart happy when I hear him play!!

Chicago girl moves on said... [Reply to comment]

I listened to "What's A Boy To Do" sooooo many times while I was in Florence. Such a good album. :)

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said... [Reply to comment]

I know this feeling. Last weekend, I drove to Kentucky for a conference and I purposely brought only CDs from junior high and high school. There are some songs that remind me of that deep yearning and excitement and change I felt in myself as a teenager. They remind me of the first days of having a driver's license and of trips I took through the mountains when I was dating Kyle...
"Life for Rent" by Dido, "Bend and Break" by Keane, "Here with Me" by Michelle Branch."

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

The Jack's Mannequin album "Everything In Transit" brings me back to 2005 and my high school days. It's a wonderful album full of amazing lyrics all driven by the piano. And the whole album is written about California :)

Aimee Katherine said... [Reply to comment]

Brilliant post :)

Sarah McCabe said... [Reply to comment]

Funny you mention Oxford. I'm studying in Leicester this semester, and I just took a day trip to Oxford today. Its beauty blew me away. To me, Oxford is the embodiment of England, and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to visit!

linnerfors said... [Reply to comment]

I found your blog because of my love for san francisco, but oh my gosh! mat kearney, i absolutely can't get enough of his music. been a fan since 2005-2006. all time fav song is sooner or later :)