It had been five hours since we started our drive, but my sister and I were just as energetic and excited as we were the second we got into the car.
“In two hours we’ll meet them. Isn’t that weird?”
I think about what my sister just said, and yes, that is so weird, so exciting, so incredibly exciting. In two hours we’ll be talking to the members of one of my favorite bands, Judah and the Lion. Two more hours, and then our exhausting weekend trip will be more than worth it.
“I can’t wait! The show is gonna be so amazing!” I said, anticipating the rush you get from when the first beat drops at a concert, kicking off the screaming and cheering in the crowd. “Look! I’m shaking!” my hands were actually trembling, aside from being shaken on the bumpy highway.
Isn’t that weird though? Imagine being famous. People would pay to watch you play music, to talk to you, and maybe get a picture and a signature. It’s so unnatural if you think about it. But so amazing, not gonna lie.
Once we arrived at our hotel, we checked in, got ready, and rushed straight to the venue, to find a pretty long line before the entrance. But that didn’t matter, because my sister got us VIP tickets for my birthday, which was honestly one of the best presents I have ever gotten.
After a little time, we were let in. We went up those beautiful stairs within those carefully embellished walls, ending up in a small room with cozy lighting, and a bunch of banjos and guitars on one side. My sister and I sat down on the floor in the front, so did everyone else.
Then the band walked out, and there was a general awe in the air, cut by the clapping and excited chattering of the people.
“Thank you for coming!”
Ahh! Wow. No, thank you!! I was so. Excited.
They played a song, a mix of folk and rock and hip hop. Then we asked them questions, and they asked us questions, and it was all so fake and wonderful.
After that, we all took pictures with them.
As I walked up to them, one of them introduced himself.
“Hey, I’m Brian!”
“I know!” I said. Of course I know.
We all hugged, and took the picture, and apparently they figured by my accent that I wasn’t from here.
“Where are you from?”
“I’m from Germany!” I said, in disbelief that Judah just actually talked to me. Wow….!!
They actually asked me a couple things, until the photographer told them it was time to keep the line moving. Dammit!
My sister and I were both stunned, and we spent the next hour talking about what just happened, and defending our spot by the barricade, of course.
The venue was so beautiful, with a gigantic chandelier and wooden floors. The opening bands were amazing. But nothing even came close to the actual show. I mean, a band that has nine banjos on stage has to be good.
I knew every single word. Almost, at least. I yelled along to the lyrics the entire time, and, I must say, it really made me lose my voice and it still kind of hurts to talk, and though the ringing in my ears persisted for hours after the show, and though we had another six hour drive ahead of us the next day, it was all more than worth it, and I will never forget the time I got to meet Judah and the Lion.