"It's hard for me to see reality from what I dream and no one believes me, no not a single thing. My brain is racing and I feel like I’ll explode,"-- excerpt from the song, "I'll Be Alright," by Passion Pit.
I feel this way everyday! It really is true. Sometimes the creativity swirls around and around in my brain and I feel like I just want to pass out!
These beautiful lyrics were written by my future ex-husband Michael Angelakos, frontman of the group Passion Pit. I saw them Tuesday night at the 9:30 Club and it was like I had traveled to Cloud 9 and back with the beautiful musical genius that is Michael Angelakos on our harmonious honey moon. And then we had a bitter divorce because he was in love with someone else and I was sad :(
Passion Pit sold out all three of its DC shows in less than 10 seconds! I was really pumped when my friend Kaitlyn called to tell me that she got tickets! I've been wanting to see them for FOREVER! See, I even wrote this post last week about how much I love "Sleepyhead". But it wasn't just "Sleepyhead" I adored, it was "The Reeling", "Moth's Wings", "Little Secrets" and 'To Kingdom Come." I could go on and on and on and on.
Manners, Passion Pit's first album (and the one which all these songs came from), is one of the only albums that I can listen to in its entirety and not get bored. I usually can't listen to more than four songs on one album without switching to something else. I need excitement, energy, freshness and something a little weird. I don't want to hear the same techno beat on every track.
I think that is why I liked Manners so much when I first heard it. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. And while I am not as familiar with their sophomore album, Gossamer, it has the same emotion/sound/originality that I loved on Manners. The lyrics that I started this post off with are from "I'll Be Alright" which is off of Gossamer.
And Michael Angelakos. Michael Angelakos, their is so much that I could say! When we got to the concert, my friend and I arrived a little early so we decided to stand up by the front since there was room. When Michael Angelakos came out, I knew that I was meant to be with him. He was so beautiful! I mean really pretty, handsome, but with these sad eyes that looked like they could tell so many stories.
Unfortunately for me, he has a girlfriend who he's been dating for YEARS and they are totally meant to be because she saved his life. GAHHHH This is just like My Best Friends Wedding and I am Julia Roberts, but the other two characters (Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz) don't know I exist. I'll get over it.
The thing is, I actually didn't really know a lot about Michael Angelakos before the concert. I know what you are thinking, if I was a *real* fan than I would know right? Well, I think not. It's not that I didn't care, it's just I was too into the music. I just didn't need to know. And really, unless you are Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, the back story isn't that important to the music.
But after I saw them perform, it was like I HAD to know more. I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could. I read practically every article I could find on the band the next day. I listened to both Manners and Gossamer,in full, three times each while cramming for my Jazz History midterm. I felt as though I was listening to the band for the first time again. I didn't want the moment to end.
It was a Tuesday night when I saw Passion Pit. It was a school night and I had three exams that week and I didn't care. It didn't matter because, really, life is about having fun and these unforgettable moments with your friends that you will never forget. When I am old, rocking on a chair, reminiscing about my life, these are the nights I am going to remember.
I stood there in the glow of the pounding red and blue lights wishing that moment would never end. I closed my eyes real hard and sang "Sleepyhead" as loud as I could, trying with all my might to burn the moment into my memory forever.
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