Thanks for the Memories...

Music is magical, it can take you to places you've been and places you've only dreamed about. 
Everyone has a favorite band, even if it's hard to pick just one, one always comes to mind. My favorite band... Anberlin

I have been a fan of Anberlin since 2002, the year I met my now husband. When the hubby and I were first dating, we introduced each other to different music, I introduced him to Pop, R&B and Hip Hop and he introduced me to some of the harder stuff. One of the tracks that stuck with me from a mixed CD he made, was Anberlin's Cadence, from the album Blueprints for the Black Market. Not long after, I fell in love with the song Autobahn. 

Excerpt from Autobahn by Anberlin

And we're driving just as fast as we can
and we're racing to outrun the wind
It's just me and you and you and me
so wild eyed, so young, bright eyed and free
And we're trying to get out of here
and a small town romance draws ever near
And I swear we're in a movie
the highlight comes when you kiss me


To me, this song summed up our life at the time. When my husband and I were first dating, we were poor, young (17 and 18 years old) and would drive all around Southern California. We spent the first years of our relationship, in his truck, driving to the beach and listening to music.
Here are a few of my favorite moments with Anberlin.
  • 2005: Never Take Friendship Personal was released and it was all we listened to. Every time my husband (boyfriend at the time) would pull up to my house, I could hear A Day Late blaring out his open windows. 
  • December 3, 2007: The release of Cities earlier that year was exciting, but the tour was the big memory for me. At a very difficult time in our life, we were mourning the loss of our son and in an attempt to help get our spirits up, my parents gifted us tickets to see Anberlin at the House of Blues in Anaheim. That night was the first night in a long time that we smiled. 
  • September 30, 2008: at 8 months pregnant the Husband and I drove out to see Anberlin at Rhino Records for the release of New Surrender. Amazing! It was an intimate, acoustic performance, and we stood only 15 feet away from our favorite band as they serenaded us with songs like Retrace and Haight St

The other night we saw Anberlin for the 7th and last time. Sadly for their fans, this is their farewell tour. I left the concert feeling...so many things. All I could say to my husband was, I think this was my favorite night ever. It's true, I don't get out much, I am a blog-from-home-Mom, and my life is just not very exciting. But there was something about this particular kid-free, date night, seeing my favorite band, hearing my favorite songs. It felt amazing, it touched my soul, it's a night I will always remember. It was like our own personal performance, it was like we were the only two there. It was like being 20 years old again, in the truck with the man I love, listening to the soundtrack to our life.