I first heard of Needtobreathe about a year and a half ago at church. I go to a pretty modern church and I equate our Sunday worship to attending a concert with amazing preaching in the middle. The first songs I heard were Something Beautiful and Lay Em Down. They brought tears to my eyes. I know, weird. I totally get teared up in church. My friend Sadie let me borrow her NTB cd and I was hooked from that point on.
A few months ago Jane mentioned listening to them and loving them, and it just so happened they were touring near us so we made plans to see them in concert.
(photo taken from Needtobreathe FB page)
We met up with one of Jane's college teammates, Kristin, and her husband Craig. (Who also were clients of mine last year!). Pure awesomeness is the fact that Kristin texted Jane earlier in the day and told us her husband got us backstage passes! He has become friends with Bear through business, so he was meeting up with them before the show as well. Anyhow, we met up for dinner with Kristin, Craig and another couple (Erin and Eric) at the Radisson, and then stopped by a bar near the theater to have a couple drinks.
The concert- blew me away. Craig and Eric were kind enough to use Eric and Erin's tickets and sit in the balcony while the 4 of us drooling ladies got to sit in the 7th row from the stage (mind you in an older theater, so a small venue). Oh my word. The show was AMAZING. The energy and passion that they put into the show is just soooo.... awesome. I'm an official Needtobreathe groupie for sure. I can't wait until their next show!
After the show we waited with Kristin and Craig while they chatted with the band manager (WHAAA?!) and joked about golf and talked about kids etc. Then he took us downstairs to meet up with Bear! I was sooo nervous as we walked downstairs. I could not believe we were just shooting the shit with their band manager and were about to meet the very singers that were just on stage. That I listen to on my radio. WOOO!
I am totally bummed I didn't just muster up the guts to ask for a picture with them. It felt so weird that Kristin and Craig were just chatting with them and the manager like old friends, and I thought a "So, by the way can I take a pic with you" would seem weird. And part of me was thinking maybe they'd offer... but they are so humble, looking back there is no way they were going to say "Oh you want a picture with me?" HA who does that?? It was so surreal to just be standing there shooting the shit with these guys, and really I wanted to scream "OH MY GAWWWDDD!!!" HAHA! We did get a picture on the set as we were being walked out.
Both brothers were so incredibly humble, kind and down to earth. Completely amazing people to look up to and I can see them going so far with their music. If you haven't listened to Needtobreathe, you must. While they are a contemporary Christian band they write so that anyone can enjoy their music- anyone can relate to their songs in whatever way might suit them.
For me, I relate mostly in a religious way, though some songs really speak to me as a person doing the mom thing and struggling with trying to find my footing in this world. I wish I had more time to blog during the day when I have thoughts of how these songs really speak to me. I would love to write up some posts on what the words mean to me right now, in this place I'm in in life.