There is this band called, The Goodnight. The Goodnight is one of my favorite bands. A few years ago, The Goodnight came to SLC and played a show, that Jared’s band opened for, which was the first time I’d ever heard them. Most of the time with smaller venues, they’ll have 2 or 3 local bands open for the headliners. Over the next two years, Jared’s band ended up opening for them 2 or 3 more times. Jared and I both have always loved and identified with The Goodnight’s music, so we’ve been to each show they’ve played in Salt Lake.
The Goodnight just released a new album, called Owlbum (does it get any cuter?). The first stop for their tour was in gorgeous Salt Lake City. So, on Monday we set out to keep our tradition alive. They were headlining and the show started at 8, Jared and I didn’t show up to the bar till about 9:30 trying to avoid some of the wait time. It felt like there were a million bands that played before The Goodnight and while they were playing, I kept seeing members of The Goodnight walking around the bar. I’ve never known what I would do if I met a celebrity. The one time I sat next to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in a restaurant Park City, the security was pretty tight and they clearly didn’t want to hang out (rude!) so I wasn’t faced with the decision if I should talk to them or not. The Goodnight, on the other hand, they were walking around, getting drinks and talking to people. I wanted to run up and ask them to come over to my house and serenade me to sleep, but I thought that would be too much. I resorted to just lingering in the back playing pool and creepily watching them, keeping tabs on where they were.
Finally The Goodnight took the stage and everyone gravitated right to the front. Jared and I were less than 10 feet from the stage. Shows like that send me into a wonderful reminiscent state. I remember every good things that ever happened to me, I remember all the reasons I love Jared, I start to think about how I want to be passionate and follow my heart. When musicians truly care for their craft, the shows are remarkable. I watched Dan (the lead singer) most of the show. I watched him connect with Jud (the guitarist) and smile when he saw the audience. I think one of the things I love most about Jared is watching him play guitar on stage, that’s his element. I can recognize the bliss he’s feeling. I saw that same reaction with The Goodnight, pure happiness.
After the show was over, it was close to 1am. Jared and I both wake up around 7am for work, so we were pretty exhausted and knew Tuesday was going to be hard, but we stuck around to buy a CD and shirt. As we got to the merchandise table, Dan, the lead singer was there. I had butterflies and didn’t know what to say. He shook our hands, asked our names and in return, we praised the band and expressed how much we love their music. After a minute, Dan looked at Jared and told him he looked familiar. Which then sent Jared to Cloud 9, Dan recognized him from the shows they had played together 5-6 years ago. With that, Jared handed me his camera and told me to take a photo of the two of them. I was still to star struck to ask for a photo myself, next time though. I’ll get one.
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