Warning: This might come off as a serious fangirl post, but that's okay.
I truly love this band like no other and I want everyone to know them.
Psst. All opinions are my own.
There is just something about music. It can touch the soul in a way that nothing else can. It can get you through breakups, late night cram sessions, fights with your best friend, or moves all the way across the country (aka long flights).
There are lyrics that hit you all the way to the core. That resonate so deeply and just stay with you.
When you come across a band like that, the only natural thing to want to do is pack up all your things and just follow them around the world forever. I'm serious.
What we can sometimes forget, however, is that those bands (or single artist) that we are so infatuated with, are indeed made up of people. Most likely, best friends.
And just like all best friends, they fight. Sometimes, it leads to the end...
Most bands will tell you the truth about life on the road. The ones who don't are lying to you. It isn't all sugar plums and candy canes. Rainbows and roses.
Oh no. It's long days and nights, driving across the country, shows every night, easily forgetting what city you are in.
It's time away from your family and friends and maybe even kids.
It's large amounts of time with the same people and very little private time/space.
It's lots of ideas coming together and clashing.
And everyone handles it differently.
I first learned about NEEDTOBREATHE my sophomore year of college. They came to my school and were part of a free event.
I will never forget hearing them for the first time. I didn't know who they were, but I will never forget standing on top of that chair as they played their last song of the night. Acoustically.
Something about just voices and soft instruments that make such a loud noise.
It was fantastic.
Then, of course, the night got better as me and my friends waited in line and bought every album that was out. We got to meet the guys and they signed our copies. We even took a picture with them. And we joked around with them.
I will never forget my quick, joking conversation I had with Bo. One I'm sure that after many cities and meeting many fans, he does not remember. But, I'm okay with that. It's one of the coolest memories I have.
I've listened to every NEEDTOBREATHE album about 50 times (maybe not quite, but close). I've seem them live 3 times. I've met them once.
And they never. get. old.
They are amazing every. time.
And they close out the way they always have and I hope they always will.
With an acoustic set.
We fans have been BEGGING for an acoustic album and hopefully it will arrive soon.
I will always love these guys. I will always have their records. I will always listen to them.
No one will truly know what NEEDTOBREATHE has done for me in my life.
But, it's definitely made it better.
One of the things I love and respect the most about the guys of NTB is that they are real.
They proved that more than ever when they filmed a short documentary during The Reckoning Tour.
Fans got to see a whole new side of the band.
It's hard to watch at times, but it's real. That is what makes it great.
I'm proud of these guys and all that they have accomplished. I'm thankful that they are willing to be real and open with their fans.
If you are a NEEDTOBREATHE fan at all, you need to watch this documentary!
And learn to "prove the poets wrong."
My favorite quotes from the film (all from Bo):
"Our faith is something that we're not the best at. It's that we look towards it. We strive for it."
"If you're not willing to fight for it, then how great is it?"
"The music we are making, I'm in love with."
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