Tonight i finally got to see the most influential person in my life perform. Anyone who knows me knows Conor Oberst has had a bigger impact on me than anyone else. I have spent the past 10 years supporting his music and looking up to him, through the highs and lows of his own life, he gave me hope when there was nothing else left. I know I hate the saying “this band/artist saved my life”, and I know i’m not the only one who finds it silly, but i think this is an exception to the rule. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be who I am had I not found Bright Eyes in 2004, I was 8 years old and I still remember listening to Waste of Paint every day and then listening to the entirety of Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. As I grew up, he remained a pillar in my life. That album will be 12 years old in a few days, and without a doubt it remains my favorite album of all time.
Conor’s music got me through September 2009, and the months following that which would become the hardest year of my life. I can’t count the amount of times I listened to Amy in the White Coat during that time, or how many times i still listen to it and it brings me back to how i felt then, but also the hope he gave me that motivated me to push forward and move on with my life. I can’t honestly say I’d be around had I not had Conor’s music going through middle school and high school. I give myself a lot of credit, but I can’t with an honest heart give myself all the credit.
I wouldn’t be who I am today without this man, he’s done so much for me and the words don’t exist that could describe just how thankful I am to him.
From Dawes being amazing and so much fun and energetic to listen to, to Conor’s encore and everything in between this night was amazing and this was by far my favorite concert I have ever been to. I’m glad I got as close as I did and I’m glad I got a shirt at the merch table to remember this night by for the rest of my life.
I’m so happy he played what might be my favorite Bright Eyes song of all time. Tonight was amazing and probably one of the best nights of my life.
"Everything seems like a city of dreams
I never know why, but I still miss you…”
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