It’s fitting that I am making my way home from Montana from a Matt Nathanson show today.
On this day, ten years ago, I saw Matt for the first time.
My first show I actually went for the opener. I only stuck around to see what the fuss was about, because I had been told by multiple people for a few years that I needed to see Matt live.
I was completely captivated. I kept looking around me like, we are lucky individuals to be experiencing this guy right now.
My first conversation with Matt made me feel like we were old friends. Then he told me a story about his cat and I was all, this dude is so rad!
A few days later I saw him again opening for Pink, solo with just an acoustic guitar in hand. I was blown away by how he could capture an entire audience’s attention by just himself.
I was hooked. I went home and downloaded Beneath These Fireworks and Live At The Point. The following year, Some Mad Hope came out, and that was the album that made me go, WOW. I’m all in. Throwing myself in completely. And I threw myself in, alright.
To make a long story short, here we are a decade and 175 shows later.
I sometimes wonder how this guy I go and see a crazy amount of times per year (and usually in places nowhere near where I live…I mean come on, who drives to MONTANA?!) will still look shocked or get excited when he spots me in a crowd. How is he not sick of me when I walk up to him at a meet and greet for the 10 dozenth time?
I guess I can say that I’m lucky; my appreciation for him is reflected back.
So. Matt. This is what I have to say to you.
There’s a million words to express how I feel and how thankful I am about everything over the years. I could sit here and write a novel, because I never shut up and talk way too much, but I’ll just get to the most important part of this post. I just want to say:
Your music has gotten me through the good days, and more importantly the bad ones.
Being at your shows feels like home; they are my happy place.
Because of you, I have been introduced to some of my other favorite artists (but no worries, you will always be my #1!!!)
I have also met some of the absolute best friends I could have ever wished for. It’s because of your music we were brought together, and without you, they wouldn’t be in my life.
I know I say this all the time, and I’ll most likely keep saying it to you for the next 10 years, but you are the best. The best.
Thank you. For everything. For the music. The friendships. For the endless hugs, and guest list spots. For the flowers and pastries. For hitting me in the face with a guitar pick and nearly taking out my eye (haha, never letting you live that one down!)
You mean a lot to me. More than the words in this post can express. So since a picture says a thousand words, here are a few of my favorite moments together over the past 10 years.
Thank you for the last ten years. The best 10 years. You truly are the best.