Like a moth drawn to a flickering flame, when I need to find myself again, I can always count on music drawing me in. Literally everything I shoot, write, and edit is inspired by a song, a lyric, or an album title. Often, weeks transpire and I edit and write based upon a recurring theme in an album. Without hesitation, if you asked me what I would bring with me to a deserted island, I would say my camera and my record player.
I needed something in this past few weeks to bring me back to a place mentally, where I was flourishing again. I preach my faith all the time, but outside of that, I need the music. Lyrically, when I need it the most, it's as if the songs are speaking directly to me. This week, my playlist has centered around 2 bands. Polar opposites in the musical spectrum, but both have, in all honesty, kept me afloat. Yesterday, I quoted a song from Underoath and wrote my entire post around the 6 lines to one of their songs. So when I headed out to Phoenix to start the week, I checked my concert calendar, because I needed music in some way shape or form. My original flight was headed home to Washington tonight, around 6 pm. I had to change it once I saw who was playing in Phoenix tonight. A band that has absolutely been the soundtrack to my life this week, and in no coincidental way at all (I don't believe in coincidence, I believe in something much greater than that), Parade Of Lights was set to be here. I emailed their manager, requested a photo pass, was approved, and I set out to the venue. Within minutes of meeting the band, I realized I already knew one of their members. An hour in, I realized that another member knew a ton of my mutual friends.
You don't have to believe in the same things that I do, I humbly respect everyone and their path in life. Mine, has been changed, shaped, and kept alive because of music. I'm indebted to it, and in no small way, I'm indebted to the music that Parade Of Lights has created, whether they know it or not. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 19.