Monday, August 31, 2009

Blue October, an Obsessive Fangirl, and Autism/Epilepsy

I posted last fall about my new favorite band, Blue October. In that post I had described how the kids and I had been listening to the band, and how Austin had developed an interest in them as well. I had actually forgotten about that until I came to my blog and did a search to make sure I hadn't already posted about the Blue October concert. So I'll address Austin's development as it relates to Blue October and music after I relate my concert experience!

As I related in the other post, I found Blue October last August as a part of the Twilight experience. I was needing some new music at that time. I have such a terribly eclectic taste and find it hard to find music that satisfies me. Blue October was exactly what I needed! It is raw, emotional, hard, creative... I could go on and on. No two songs are alike, yet there is an overall feel to their music.

A new album, Approaching Normal, came out in March of this year, and it was phenomenal! The band would be touring in support of the new album, but not in Georgia. The closest date was a Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, SC. I just could not work it out logistically. I was crushed. Then, in the spring, a new concert was announced... the Crazy Making tour! It would cover not just the new album, but older stuff as well. And they were coming to Atlanta!!! I immediately called Sherry, who I had sucked into the world of Blue October, and asked if she'd go with me! I bought tickets the minute they were available, which was at something like 1 AM! LOL

All summer Sherry and I had eagerly anticipated this concert. But I hadn't been to a rock concert in well over 15 years! I agonized over what to wear. I dragged my poor husband shopping with me one night and made him help me find something cool - who knew he was such a fashion guru! ;)

Finally, the night of the concert came... so many things conspired to hinder us from getting to the concert. I'll spare the details! But over the course of the summer, I had turned from fan into "obsessive fangirl", as Lisa likes to call it! While listening to Blue October on my mp3 player during my runs, I'd have these conversations in my head of what I would say to Justin (the lead singer and main songwriter) if I met him. I'd tell him how much his music has helped me in the last year, with the emotions tied up in autism, and then with our new "journey" into epilepsy that began a year ago. I'd tell him that his music has touch my heart and soul. I even warned Sherry I'd be talking the man's ear off!

Sherry and I got off to the concert well... and here are a few pictures. Here we are in our new outfits!:
Here is a great shot I got of Justin. You might agree that he's looking right at me. Or maybe that's the obsessive fangirl thing?
Here's a great shot of the stage! I wish we could have been closer to the stage, but overall I guess our spot wasn't too bad for general admission! We were around some pretty cool folks who made the concert a lot of fun! Except for the teen girls standing right in front of me who didn't seem to know any of the music except for a few tunes. But, I didn't let them ruin my fun! ;)
After the incredible concert that ran nearly 90 minutes of AWESOME entertainment, Sherry and I waited out by the front of the venue where the buses were located. I had read on a Blue October site that the guys will often come out and meet their fans. We had already gotten autographs (in the front cover of the Crazy Making book, a compilation of all the lyrics from all the Blue October albums with notes and pictures) from Jeremy (the drummer), Ryan (the fiddle/mandolin/piano player), and Matt (the bass player). Sherry noticed Justin coming around the back corner and pulled me toward where he was signing autographs and doing pictures.

Here was my chance, right? All those rehearsed conversations? Everything I wanted to say?

Um, not so much. LOLOL I froze up. Obsessive fangirl becomes shy, silent type. I managed about 8 words, 2 of which were "thanks" and "hi". He did sign my book and let me take a picture with him. But did I say ANY of what I wanted to say? Nope. @@ I could just kick myself!
Great picture, huh? I look totally starstruck! LOL Did I mention it was raining while we were waiting? That's why my hair is plastered to my head. Plus I'd been jumping around singing and dancing (lost my voice for several days afterward!). I do have to say I've never met a nicer bunch of musicians than the guys in Blue October. They were out in the rain signing autographs and taking pictures for a long time. Everyone who was waiting got to talk to them, and it wasn't a hurried rush, either. They spent time talking to everyone (at least, those who were able to actually SPEAK, unlike some of us @@). They thanked everyone for supporting them and for coming out to the concert! I was very impressed! I am eagerly looking forward to another tour!

Now back to Austin... yes, he's still a fan of Blue October, and he wanted to go to the concert, but I was afraid this wasn't the proper venue for it, and I was right. We were really crammed in there, and there was no seating. That's OK... maybe another time. But that's not the point. The point is that Austin told me a few weeks ago that he was tired of listening to Blue in the car all the time. He likes the music, but he prefers classic rock and heavy metal from the 80s.

WOW. That's some pretty dynamic thinking going on there. 1. He realizes he can like more than one thing at a time. 2. He realizes he can like things in various degrees. 3. He realizes he doesn't have to like something as much as I do just because I like it. 4. He realizes he can tell me he doesn't like something as much as I do. And 5. He can tell me that he's tired of something I'm doing and it's just part of having a discussion. Who knows, maybe those are all wrapped up in one sort of area within guided-participation/RDI. But that's OK! I still think it's pretty cool... along with the fact that he's constantly telling me (and his sisters) that I'm embarrassing him! LOL Sounds like a teen thing to do! ;)

If you made it this far, you are either my mom, a great friend, or bored out of your mind and had nothing better to do! LOL


poohder said...

I loved it and it was because I wanted to read it. Rhonda

Lisa said...

I think your analysis of Austin's comments was wonderful!

The Glasers said...

I love what Austin told you . . . he and David would get along musically. David listens to everything, but he would agree with Austin!

JamBerry said...


Sera Rivers said...

"if you made it this far, you're either my mom, a great friend or bored...." How about A BLUE OCTOBER FAN! Great blog post. YES, I too am an obsessed "fangirl". The next time you see Justin you will be able to talk to him. Great blog. I'd like to link your blog to mine. :) Sera

Niffercoo said...

You're all such good friends to read all of that! :)

Sera, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Please feel free to link my blog to yours!