I spent last weekend in Charlottesville, VA.
The trip was mostly to watch the Dave Matthews Band perform at the John Paul Jones Arena, but we also worked in a few detours, like visiting Dave’s vineyard and Blenheim Vineyards, because I’m obsessed like that.
The show was pretty monumental, not only because it was in Charlottesville (DMB formed in Charlottesville and until last weekend I hadn’t gotten to see them in that city yet, so I thought that was kind of special), but also because it was the last show of their 2010 tour.
For some DMB fans, that translates to “last show until who-knows-when-because-OMG-THEY’RE-NOT-TOURING-NEXT-YEAR.”
Anyway, those factors combined with my love for DMB had me waxing poetic about my own personal experiences. I thought about the first time I flipped through the television and saw the video for “What Would You Say?” and thought, WOW. I thought about the first show I went to. I thought about various life experiences – both high and low – and the DMB songs that helped me deal with them, or celebrate them, or just understand them.
All this thinking about how important DMB’s music has been in my life reminded me of a recent NPR article, “Tunes That Got You Through Your Teens.” Although there are plenty of songs I would name (tracks from various Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan albums, for example), DMB songs would, unsurprisingly, dominate the list.
I suppose for some of us, there’s that one group, or that one handful of artists, whose music we can always fall back on no matter what’s going on in life.
Do you have such an artist? Or band? What makes their music so important to you? What kinds of life challenges has it helped you through?