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Jars of Clay live in My City!

24 Feb

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Late last year, my favorite band Jars of Clay made an announcement via their twitter account that they will be in Manila on March 31, 2013. I got very excited because it’s going to be my 2nd time to see them live since 2005 (well, 3rd if I am to include meeting them at the mall.) 🙂

As you see, I grew up listening to them. Their music and the band members themselves has influenced me so much – in my art, life’s perspective and even in my faith. For nearly 2 decades, my everyday playlist is made up mostly of their inspiring and well-written songs.

So when they said they are coming over to Manila, I was ecstatic! What got me even more excited than anybody was when Church Simplified announced that they are playing in my city! Yes, in the city where I live! And it is a free admission concert! 🙂

Well, it’s actually an Easter gig. And I thought, there is no best way to end the holy week but to come and see Jars perform live. That would be awesome me thinks!

Every Easter, Church Simplified is doing the Walkway:Stations of the Cross in Bonificio High Street. I have been to that event for a couple of times or more I think. This year, they invited Jars of Clay to perform live to conclude the holy week. What a way to spend the Easter Sunday!

The concert will be held in the urban amphitheater in Bonifacio High Street (near Jamba Juice, Slice and the other fine-dining restos). It is an open area, like a park, where the water fountains are. And since it is a free concert, anyone can attend. Gosh, I can just imagine how awesome it is to have Jars perform there live! Wow!

So anyone in Manila (when you return from your holidays) can see these four men in BGC, all you have to do is bring your friends or family and enjoy their wonderful music. Who knows, you might like them as well. 🙂

Although, I wish that they also have another concert, a paid one that is, apart from that Easter one. I do not mind paying just to see them, it will be worth it anyway!

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Jars of Clay in Manila this March 31, 2013

22 Jan

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Jars of Clay made this announcement via twitter December 2, 2012. No venue yet though. But I am already so excited to watch them again perform and sing the songs that influenced me so much since I was 13. Hopefully I will get to meet them again like what happened in 2005, when I saw them at the mall and got the chance to talk to Charlie and Steve. Wonderful experience. 🙂 More about it next time.

A Weekend of Books and Movies

21 Sep

Aaah, two of my favorite things – books and movies! Last week was an eventful week for book lovers and film enthusiasts like me. As posted in my previous blog, we had the 33rd Manila International Book Fair at SMX that lasted 5 days offering awesome discounts, meet & greet with the writers and other fun activities. And a week earlier, from September 6 to 16, we had the 15th Cine Europa film festival at Shangrila Mall that showcased 25 independent and commercial movies from 17  different countries in Europe. And I was lucky to have attended both events on weekend.

MOVIE MARATHON

Cine Europa 15

The film fest as mentioned was on its 15 years of sharing European culture through movies. I’ve been hearing about the festival back when I was still in college, and though I’ve been meaning to watch in the past years , it just won’t happen. Then my cousin who is a college student was tasked to write reaction papers for  at least two movies featured in the festival. So we agreed that we’ll watch together on Saturday, since I’m also into movies (I like indie films more but I also appreciate the commercials ones) and since it is also free. Yes, free admission! All you need is to show up at the cinema and watch all you want.

So we arrived at 1pm and the first movie just started. The guard told us and 3 other late comers too that we don’t know, that we there are no more seats and that we should just wait and line up for 2nd movie later. But good thing we didn’t leave yet because just minutes later, a theater attendant went out to announced that there are still 5 seats available. It was meant for us 5! 🙂

Atmen

The first movie was Atmen (Breathing) from Austria. A drama flick about a rehabilitation of a teen offender who was working as a mortuary attendant – (dressing, cleaning, picking up and delivering corpses to their final resting place) while waiting for his parole decision. It is a beautiful film about how he came to terms with the “crime” he committed and his discoveries of his unhappy past.

When the first movie was about to end, I heard the person sitting next to me say that the line outside for the next movie is already long, so I told my cousin that we go out soon. Outside, there were already a crowd of people waiting patiently to get in for the next flick. Wow! I didn’t expect people would actually show up to watch movies unfamiliar to the usually hollywood-lover Pinoys. Oh well it’s free!

Si Puo Fare

The next flick we saw was an Italian comedy that now joins the roster of my favorite movies of all time. Si Puo Fare, which roughly translates to “We Can Do That” is about the 12 mental patients who were released by an Italian psychiatric hospital and now working in a cooperative.  Nello, the new manager at the cooperative encouraged them to work together as a team and helped them do “normal jobs” ( parquet flooring installation) that earns well. It was a fun movie that had the entire theater bursting into laughter in almost every scene. There are parts that gripped our hearts too but mostly, we died in laughter. 🙂 The story is just fantastic, it’s fresh, it’s new, it’s clever. I love every bits of it. It was one of the funniest I’ve seen so far. A must watch I have to say. I love all of the characters, especially Mr. President. 🙂

Coincidentally, just a week or two ago, I also watched the 1975 Jack Nicholson’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest movie which are quite similar to Si Puo Fare as it was also about mental patients, but it’s more of a drama.

Poll Diaries

After the comical flick, we lined up again for the 3rd movie of the day, Poll – a german drama set during the World War I that follows the story of a young teenage girl named Oda, who moved from Berlin to a place somewhere in Estonia to join his doctor father, step mom and siblings when her mom died. The Russian who are stationed in the area and who are friends with her dad, would sell the bodies of the Estonian anarchists they killed and captured to her father to be studied and later jarred as part of his increasing obsession with experimentation. As Oda struggled with the loneliness and lack of connection with the people around her, she met a wounded Estonian anarchist hiding in the area. She nursed and hid him in the attic at his father’s laboratory without anyone knowing. I have to say, it is one great movie too!

Since there was a long queue already outside the theater, my cousin decided to go out when she thought the movie was just seconds away from ending, so she can line up for the last free movie that night. But what she thought was already finished, wasn’t, as there was still some scene shown. So I just told her the ending when I went out. 🙂

Senna

The fourth and last movie we saw was from the UK, titled Senna, a documentary about the famous F1 driver in the 80s and 90s, Ayrton Senna. It was a nice docu film but we weren’t able to finish it as it was already late and we thought we might miss the last train, plus we haven’t eaten dinner yet as the 4 movies only have 30-minute intervals in between and you still have to fall in line. So imagine, from 1pm to 1030pm -a movie marathon indeed!

We just couldn’t stop talking about the films we saw and even googled them when we arrived home. I would say, it was one of the Saturdays I enjoyed a lot. As someone into arts, I like watching movies, but I don’t watch a lot from the cinema. I am not the type who would watch just because it is popular or because it the latest hollywood flick. I’d rather watch movies at home, at the most convenient time and place (my bedroom) to understand and enjoy every movie scene.

BOOK FAIR

And Sunday, after church, my sister, niece and I went to the book fair despite the rainy weather. It was the last day of the fair and still there were many who showed up to take advantage of the discounts offered. I bought a few books for myself, my niece and some friends that I ought to give as birthday or christmas gifts. Yes, I already started my Christmas shopping as early as now, in fact, I started as early as June. 🙂 Also, as mentioned due to work commitments, I wasn’t able to join the bloggers challenge this year hosted by OMF Literature, but hopefully next year, I can join again.

OMF booth during 33rd Manila International Book Fair. (photo c/o OMF Literature)

So it was a weekend of fun for me. I’m glad I finally watched the European film festival. I will do it again next year. From now on, I will take advantage of the film festivals in Manila not only to satisfy the art-lover in me but to learn also more about the other cultures through flicks. 🙂

 

Hanson At His Wedding

23 May

Hanson At His Wedding

A few months ago I have learned about this guy from the UK named Bishop, who posted videos on youtube asking the American band Hanson to play on his wedding day on July 28 of this year. He started doing the video pleas a year ago (Feb 2011 I think) with his friend because he wanted to surprise his wife-to-be on their big day since she, actually both of them are fans of the band. Yeah, why not? Your favorite band playing on your wedding day? That would be wickedly awesome!  So he started his blog, posting videos everyday trying to persuade (beg) Hanson to play at his wedding. Yeah, like Every Single Day!

And what was Hanson’s response?

Nada. Nothing. Zip. None.

But still Bishop was persistent and very dedicated so he went on with his goal to make his bride happy by posting more videos. Then after more than a year, just 4 days ago to be exact, he posted his 457th video. He was gutted. Hanson hasn’t responded to him yet but he learned that Hanson booked a gig on his wedding day.  Sad day. 😦

After watching the video, I also felt sad.  I felt like I was also part of it  that I was also feeling devastated to learn that it will be impossible for Hanson to play on his wedding. I was gutted too.

But then despite that, he still went on creating videos and even said that he will complete the 529 vids he ought to make until his wedding day. He thanked the band and said that he’ll still help promote their music.

Well I thought even though Hanson cannot make it on their grand day, maybe they will do something for them, perhaps make a video surprise for the couple or something. Actually, I was sure Hanson will do something for them. And I was right.

Hanson At His Honeymoon

Just yesterday Hanson posted this on their official youtube channel as a response to Bishop’s pleas:

Yes, Hanson may not be there on his wedding day but the trio asked him if he would be willing to let them play on their honeymoon instead! Wow! Just Wow. Hanson on His Honeymoon instead! Well, 2nd honeymoon as Hanson mentioned on the vid because it would be “creepy” if it’s on their real honeymoon. 😛

Hanson explained that they already have a commitment that day and that they don’t do weddings actually, except their own. But they went on to say that they admire Bishop’s dedication so as a gift to the couple instead, they’re flying them to Jamaica for Hanson’s Back to the Island party in January 2013, all-expense-paid by the band! Whoa! Now that is an incredible gift!

As soon as Bishop watched Hanson’s proposition, he immediately replied:

For the avoidance of doubt, my answer is unequivocally yes and thank you!”

And he posted this video,  all smiles! Look at the happiness in his eyes.

I am just happy for Bishop and his bride-to-be. Even though I didn’t really follow his everyday video pleas, like I said earlier, I felt like I am part of it, so after I watched his video above, I felt so happy. I could feel his happiness. 🙂

Well you guys know that Hanson is one of the two bands I love in my whole life (Jars of Clay is the other one) and stories like his just makes me feel proud that I am their fan. Like one youtube commenter says:

“And people still ask why we love Hanson.”

Well obviously, this is one of the reasons.

Visit Bishop’s blog:  http://hansonatmywedding.tumblr.com/

Into Something Beautiful

27 Apr

If you put your arms around me
Could it change the way I feel
I guess I let myself believe
That the outside might just
Bleed it’s way in
Maybe stir the sleeping past
Lying under glass
Waiting for the kiss
That breaks this awful spell
Pull me out of this lonely cell

Close my eyes and hold my heart
Cover me and make me something
Change this something normal
Into something beautiful

~Something Beautiful/Jars of Clay~

These Walls

23 Apr

“The sky is falling all over again
Just another day’s conclusion
Another disillusional night
The sky is falling all over again
Am I losing my composure?
Or way too much exposure to compromise
I can’t take all these walls”

~These Walls/Hanson~

And The Fan Girl’s Dream Came True (Hanson in Manila 2012)

11 Apr

Disclaimer: This is another pretty long post from the fangirl in me. 🙂 So please, bear with me as you witness my 15-year love affair with the boys and their music. 🙂

As you all know from the last few posts here, I was going crazy and a little paranoid over Hanson because they were having a concert in Manila. I got to learn about the concert back in January and after professing on Facebook my love for Hanson and my desire to watch them in concert for the first time, one of my friends replied saying she wants to go with me and watch too. So I thought okay, now I have a company. But weeks before the concert, she was uncertain and didn’t confirm if she was still going or not. And I didn’t want to watch alone so I was worried that I’d miss the concert. Man, how can go crazy jumping up and down, screaming while singing the songs I grew up with if I will go alone? I sure don’t want to look like a complete lunatic.  I have to share the craziness with a friend! LOL. Oh the disadvantages of being a single!

So I thought I’d settled with the idea that I will miss their concert in Manila for the 2nd time. Yes, they had their 1st back in 2004 and I already skipped that chance of seeing them. But 3 days before the concert, they arrived in Manila, went straight to a TV station for a live interview and man just seeing them again on Philippine television awoken the teenybopper in me. So the desire to watch the concert resurrected. I texted my older sister and convinced her to go with me to the concert. And surprisingly, she didn’t say no. But her reply was, “Sure, as long as you’ll buy me a ticket. Haha” Well of course, whenever we ask each other for a company, it is always the one who asks who will shoulder most of the expenses.

(**Below is the interview of Taylor Hanson with Boy Abunda)

Isaac and Zac at the airport (image c/o Kris Rocha of Dayly Entertainment)

So I scored the tickets the day before the concert.  I managed to get a 50% off from buying from an authorized ticket re-seller.  It was good that I already filed for a vacation leave from work on the day of the concert, since it was also my only niece’s graduation and I promised her I will attend (She, btw, graduated pre-school as a class valedictorian! So proud of her!). After the graduation ceremony, I told my sister we should leave early because we still need to pick up the tickets and because I don’t want to get caught in the rush hour. I asked her if she already told her 6-year old daughter that we’ll go somewhere but I told her not to mention where we were going for she might cry and insist on going with us too.

Warm welcome to the boys! (image c/o another fan)

Hanson was greeted by the fans at the hotel lobby, singing one of their songs from Middle of Nowhere album. They were obviously delighted. Taylor taking pictures of them! (image c/o another fan)

So my sister, carefully choosing her words, told her, “P, Auntie Y and I are going somewhere, you stay here with Lola and Lolo (grandma and grandpa) okay?”  Surprisingly, P answered, “You’re going to the concert? Okay!” then she quickly added, “Ma, record it in video okay?” Hahaha… we thought she didn’t know where we were going.

So at the concert venue, I picked up our tickets and lined up as early as 6pm. There were already a few people in the line waiting to get in. The crowd started to grow and I noticed that although most of the attendees are females in mid twenties to early 30s, there were guys/men too (and no, they’re not even gays!) There were teenagers too, some kids with mom and dad and the surprise, there was a “granny” in the crowd! Wow! I know Hanson has been around for 20 years, but been in the mainstream music for 15 years, but I didn’t know they have a fan as old as my grandmother! LOL. Okay, as old as my mother, I guess she is only in her early 50’s.  All were excited to get inside and didn’t mind standing for more than an hour outside the gates of Araneta.

Hanson during a press conference ( image c/o another fan

They opened the gates by 7 so my sister and I rushed to find a good spot.  We were quite far from the stage, and although we wished we were at the front row, we thought our spot was good enough to see the trio. While waiting for the concert to start, we had dinner right inside the coliseum and were talking at the possible Hanson setlist. I said, maybe their opening song will be MMMBop – the smash hit that launched them to stardom back in 1997. My sister’s bet was that MMMBop will be the last song to end the concert with the bang! Fans sitting near us were actually creating their improvised banners. Total fan girls!

An hour later, the concert officially started with a local artist Robin Nievera and his band as the front act. The fans at the first few rows seemed to be receptive to Robin’s songs though I’m sure they can’t wait for him to finish all his songs so Hanson can finally play.  It lasted about 30 minutes for the front act to finish about 6 songs when the lights at the stage were turned off that made the audience roar in excitement! Even when the lights were off, we could see a few guys on stage, but barely, with their little flashlights, checking and preparing Hanson’s instruments before they get on the stage. Some people would take pictures of the stage with their flashes on so they could see if Hanson is already up there. And because nobody can really see who the guys were on the stage, when one of them hit the drums, probably testing if the sound is okay, we all went crazy! We thought it was Zac! It happened twice and the crowd’s reaction was the same crazy roar! Oh whoever that person was on the drums, he sure was laughing out loud for driving us nuts! LOL…

I wanted to pee but because I didn’t want to miss the opening, even though the washroom was just right outside the door, near our seats, I stayed and waited. I didn’t want to miss anything! No!

Then a few more minutes, there they are, stepping on stage…

HANSON!!!

Hanson on Araneta stage (image c/o exclusive circle live)

And the coliseum went wild! Oh the fans that couldn’t contain the excitement as they kicked off the show with Waiting For This off from their newest record, Shout it Out. And though I don’t know much of the songs yet from their latest album, I stood up and danced along with other fanatics! Oh I just couldn’t believe it, I’m in a Hanson concert after 15 years!!! OMG! The opening song “Waiting For This”  surely described my feeling right that moment.

Isaac on guitar, Taylor on piano and Zac on drums (image c/o exclusive circle live)

Where’s The Love was next which was the 2nd single from their 1997 Middle of Nowhere record, followed by another track from SIO, Thinking ‘Bout Something’, both of which sent us to stand on our feet and dance. The next songs were truly familiar as they performed songs from their first, second and third albums, songs that brought nostalgia –  Thinking of You, Minute Without You, Crazy Beautiful – this is one of my favorite that  evening as Tay’s showed his prowess over the piano, and Can’t Stop. 

They stepped out of the stage for a very short break and came back to perform their acoustic rendition of  Strong Enough to Break, Deeper (which the oldest brother Ike sang, oh what a beautiful voice!) and Wish That I Was There. Zac – the hottest looking drummer in the world I swear, sang the 3rd cut in that acoustic session that made all the females in the audience that night fainted in excitement. I swear, my married older sister couldn’t contain her admiration for him, both for being good looking and being a monster over the drums! (Both my sister and her husband plays drum.) Zac, btw has a different drum set up as from what I know (and I think), he is left handed so the commonly set up which is the snare drum and the clapper on the left was on the right side. And whenever Zac brushes his hair with his fingers and flashes his gorgeous smile, the fans would go wild! And the cameraman surely knows how to please the crowd by always shooting a close up on him! Same goes for Isaac and Taylor. I’m glad this good looking trio grew up as gorgeous men.

Hanson Acoustic session (image c/o exclusive circle live)

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Zac drove a lot of girls crazy that night (image c/o exclusive circle live)

Close up shot of Zac (image c/o another fan)

The soulful ballad A Song to Sing followed, then With You in Your Dreams,  the song that was dedicated to their grandmother who passed away long time ago. Followed up by This Time Around that once again proved Taylor’s killer piano skills! Man, I wish mom enrolled me to piano lessons when I was young, at least I can say that I have a talent. LOL. During the This Time Around song, the lead singer Tay asked the audience to do their part in the song, he said, we are to sing the part “We won’t go down” continuously as the band sings the chorus, however though, either the others did not understand the instruction or they were just too distracted of the men’s gorgeous looks because I think I was the only one singing “we won’t go down”. Oh well.

Fans sang along with the trio in the next songs, And I Waited, which is now one of my faves off of SIO record, and their 2004 single Penny and Me from the Underneath. The feel-good song Give A Little was next. Oh that song just makes me dance every time I hear it. As the song says, “let your body lose control”, indeed sent the crowd to lose control and dance!

Hanson 2012 - Araneta Coliseum (image c/o other Hanson fans)

After the upbeat and Soul-Pop-RnB-infused Give a Little that made us dance, Taylor thanked the fans for sticking with them for 15 years after their first song. He added, “We were thinking about, sticking around for additional 15. You guys gonna’ be right here 15 years from now?” And a loud roar of excitement was the audience’s response! It was crazy! I screamed saying Yes! Of course, even after additional 30 or more years! Hahaha… Ike started strumming away his guitar to a very very familiar song that night. OMG! I screamed and told my sister to get up on her seat and record it because they’re playing the song that launched them to stardom back in 1997 and the song that capture the hearts of million teenagers (mostly girls) back then – their smash hit MMMBop!

OMG! OMG! OMG!

(image c/o exclusive circle live)

The Big Dome once again were filled with screams, shrieking and shouts. Man, we were taken back to  ’15 years ago’! I felt like it was 1997 all over again! It was crazy! The audience went wild, screaming while singing and dancing and I guess some maybe even crying. I swear I almost cried hearing them play MMMBOP live. It was just nostalgic! That night I traveled back in time and remembered the very first time I saw them on MTV and fell in love instantly. I can’t even capture in writing how I felt. I was just overjoyed. It was the song that started it all. The song that started my interesting teenage life. Hahaha!!!

Taylor was super energetic that night. (image c/o other fans)

Isaac's so charming! (image c/o exclusive circle live)

Oh maybe some of you cannot relate, because either 1. You were born in the 90’s or 2. You have different musical preference (but I hope that you weren’t one of those who pre-judged this teenage band for their age, their looks and their first single MMMBop, which is actually about relationship – “hold on to the ones who really care, in the end they’ll be the only ones there”. Read the lyrics, it’s meaningful.)

MMMBop was quickly followed by another upbeat song Lost Without Each Other which is another favorite of mine. After that, Taylor said, “We know you guys can make noise, the thing is, can you jump?” As usual, crazy screams were the response. Then just as Zac hit the cymbals and Ike strummed his guitar, Taylor played harmonica as he encouraged the crowd to jump with him. And this just made the screams and shouts rather more deafening! It was one of their hits back in early 2000- If Only! And boy, Tay doesn’t know the word “tired” as he keeps on jumping and running on the stage while singing, then alternately playing the piano and harmonica! What an energy! That drove a lot of us crazy. LOL. My goodness, it was a pandemonium! Taylor is totally charming. He’s not just good looks but good looks coupled with a REAL musical talent! They all are actually! They sort of stopped midway through the song or right after the bridge part and Taylor teased the crowd causing a load uproar. But Tay seemed to be not contented yet and encouraged more noise from the sea of fans in front of him! My gosh, who would say no to Taylor?! LOL

Tay jumping up and down (image c/o exclusive circle live)

Tay rocking on his piano (image c/o exclusive circle live)

Tay and Zac encouraging the fans... (image c/o another fan)

Zac on his drums (image c/o exclusive circle live)

If Only was actually their finale song and I would say, what a great way to end it. Gosh, the song…. “If only I have the guts to feel this way, If only you’d look at me and want to stay, If only I’d take you in my arms and say I won’t go ’cause I need you…”

Taylor thanked the audience and introduced the session musicians with them (bassist and back up guitarist/ keyboardist), waved and left the stage together with his brothers. Then lights were off.  Of course like most rock concerts, we all knew they’d come back, yet still we chanted and screamed for “More! More! More!” 

They returned to the stage and played the funky-rock-n-roll song “In the City” from their This Time Around album as the encore that caused riots and more jumps and screams! Oh, when Taylor sang the part “I’m gonna ask you once again, gotta tell me once again do you love me?” that was repeated thrice, I screamed Yes thrice too! LOL.

So how did they end the encore? Ike got on top of the platform where Zac’s drum was set up, then Zac stood on top of his bass drum with his back facing the audience and Taylor joined them on the right side of the platform and jumped off as they finished the song, then lights off! Oh I can still hear the screams until now.

Preparing to jump (image c/o Dazzle -http://inkachua.tumblr.com)

Jump Hanson Jump! (image c/o Dazzle -http://inkachua.tumblr.com)

Lights were turned on again as the three of them took their turns to say thank you to all of us for the nth time for showing up that night and for being an amazing crowd. 🙂 Then again, introduced the session musicians and all five of them (sessionist included) bowed altogether.

Taylor grabbed the mic and said, “We will come back if you will too!” And the screams filled the dome once more! Then Isaac, Taylor and Zac held hands and bowed for the last time. Zac, left the stage while Isaac took a few of his guitar picks and gave it away to the audience. Lucky those who got them!

Hanson with their session musicians.

Hanson- one of the only two bands I love. 15 years!!! Indeed a dream came true! Thank you for coming to Manila again! (image c/o Dazzle -http://inkachua.tumblr.com)

And Taylor? He jumped from the stage and took pictures using his Leica M9 those in the pit and even shook hands with some of them. Very lucky girls indeed! I’m envious! LOL 🙂 Good thing there were two bouncers that quickly followed him and the railings that separates, or else Tay will be mobbed!

What a night! What a show! What a concert!

As a fan of the band for 15 years, it was a dream came true to be at their concert. Now I can cross it out from my bucket list. I went home all smiles and took with me an awesome experience that Friday night. Indeed it was one of the best Fridays in my entire life! The fan girl in me was just so happy! 😀 Gosh, I woke up the next day, asking “Was it just a dream that I was at the Hanson concert last night?” 😀

I’m so thankful to my older sister who went with me to watch my boys (well my men now, LOL) even though she only knew probably two or three of their songs, yet still she enjoyed the night, screamed with me and shared the craziness.  She obviously had fun too! She took pictures and record some songs, though when she thought she recorded the entire MMMBop performance just before her camera’s battery went flat, when we reached home she found out it wasn’t saved at all. Too bad!

As for me, don’t ask me for pictures or videos. Yeah I did take videos of most of their performances but unfortunately it is good for personal viewing only. Hahaha!!! I don’t want to ruin my reputation because all you will hear was me screaming and singing on the top of my lungs! LOL. This very long post is enough to wreck my good reputation. Hahaha…

Hanson, thank you boys for the great music!

Hanson, one of the only two bands I really followed and adored (the other one is Jars of Clay), still makes beautiful music after 15 years. They aged so well. They are now matured men (and so their music), happily married and blessed with lovely kids. And even after the changes both in their careers and personal lives, the fans still adores them. I guess, we’ll all be here for as long as they live and make awesome music. Yes, like Taylor said, “another 15 years”… Gosh, they’ll be in 40’s by then! Hahaha…. Now, that reminds me of Bee Gees!

Hanson is underrated. Back in the days, many judged them and their musical ability due to their age but they didn’t see what us, the fans, have seen in them and realized since 1997 – that they’re not just bunch of good looking boys, and that if you listen closely, the lyrical prose, their poetic side, their passion, their skills over playing different musical instruments are just amazing and applaudable. They are musical geniuses.  And it is only now that others realized this, like this one:

“@barrycyrus: To be fair, the Hanson brothers make one bunch of well-versed, profound musicians.”

I’m glad I am a fan since 1997. Though it makes me realize how old I am now, it also makes me feel like a ‘teenager’ once again. Thanks Hanson for your beautiful music and thank you Lord for the opportunity to see them play the songs that influenced me over the years.

Now that I have seen them in concert, next goal, meet them real up close. 🙂

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