Monday, March 28, 2011

Dashboard

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This past Thursday Hank and I went to see an old favorite of ours, Dashboard Confessional.  It was the Swiss Army Romance's 10-year Anniversary tour, and Chris played the entire album from beginning to end, along with other favorites. I saw this same show, ten years prior, upon the original record's release, and it was incredibly moving to think back to that time in my life, and then think of where I am now. I was 18; so wonderfully naive, so young, so unsure of what life had in store for me. I had just graduated high school and was about to embark on my college adventures, moving up to the dorms to start that chapter of my life. Back then I related to those emotional Dashboard songs on so many levels, and hearing them again live brought back so many memories, emotions, and things I had forgotten and tucked away over the years.  I met Hank seven years ago, and because we were in a long distance relationship for that first year, and he was on tour with his band so frequently, so many of DC's songs rang true yet again during that time period. I can still remember driving up to visit Hank for the very first time, getting butterflies in my stomach as Hands Down played on the stereo. Music and emotion are powerful things when combined, and throughout the entire show last week I found myself tearing up a bit.  How was I to know, on that long drive up the mountain, that I was going to visit my future husband? The song then, and the song now. Me then, and me now. Us then, us now. It made me feel so happy, my heart so full, to think about the then and now, and to be able to remember a time before all of this, to remember the very beginning. And as the music drifted across the Marquee Theater, I closed my eyes for just a second, and I was in my car again, driving straight into my future.

34 comments:

  1. What a romantic post and it sounds like a really evening!

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  2. Life always has the best soundtrack :)

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  3. Thanks for reminding me of Dashboard Confessional and i love the post!

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  4. "I closed my eyes for just a second, and I was in my car again, driving straight into my future."

    Oh, Danielle. That was so sweet. I loooove DC and this post. And you. <3

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  5. I went to that show the first time around, too. I find it very hard to believe that it was 10 years ago. Makes me feel old. And nostalgic. <3

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  6. That sounds like an amazing night! I had that album out the other night & it brought me right back to just before I graduated college. Isn't incredible how good music can transport you?

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  7. When I went to Snr School, all my new friends listened to DC and I had never heard of them before.
    I just sat with my eyes closed and listened to Hands Down and Vindicated and was instantly taken back to that crazy time. Thanks. xx

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  8. Your post was lovely. I too loved and still do love Dashboard ,and at the time when that album came out I was in love with a boy my first love and everything about it felt like Chris Carraba was singing to me about me. You lucky girl to see them on their 10 year anniversary of that album.

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  9. Oh, I love DC, and can totally relate as my husband and I were long distance for a long time and music was sometimes the only thing that got me through.

    I saw Dashboard in NYC and it was one of the best shows I have ever been too, it must have been great to see them again now!

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  10. Sounds just wonderful. There is nothing like music to stitch together our collective pasts and futures. Thank you for sharing this lovely moment.

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  11. such a lovely post.
    i have emotional attachment to dashboard songs as well.
    made me think of a few.
    :) thanks for sharing!

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  12. Wow... That is so moving.
    You guys are really lucky, that doesn't happen to anybody! And the cutest part is that you know it.
    One of the most adorable couple I've ever seen.
    Such a romantic post!

    I haven't heard of this band. I'll be checking it out for sure.

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  13. oh high school memories! i am slightly jealous.
    leigh

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  14. I can totally relate to the feelings that many of the old DC songs evoke...I still love singing along in the car as loud as possible! We left our wedding venue to "Stolen" I will always have a place in my heart for that song...

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  15. I totally had a similar thing happen when I saw Idlewild play in December. They played the whole 100 broken windows album - the same album they were promoting 10 years ago when I last saw them. I got a bit teary a couple of times as well. I love it when music has this effect upon people. Awesome post! xx

    p.s. I omit to mention the fangirl moment I had when I met Roddy Woomble after the gig as well... :)

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  16. HA! That's so old school! I used to loooove Dashboard when I was in high school :) Thanks for the blast from the past!

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  17. I'm so so jealous Danielle! If only I had drove to AZ a day before I would've been able to see it! Hmph. :(

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  18. Oooh, what a wonderful concert! I love Dashboard, and also saw him perform 10 years ago when Swiss Army first came out. Then I drove all over the place to see him 3 more times after that. :)

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  19. This is such a sweet post, totally touched my heart. <3

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  20. What a beautiful memory!
    Hands Down is such a wonderful song! There must have been something so incredibly moving about seeing an artist play an entire album straight through- especially when that album was on repeat for alot of us emo kids' teenage years!

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  21. I too have fond memories associated with DC songs. I was so disappointed to find that this tour didn't go anywhere close to where I live now!

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  22. Beautifully written. That really moved me. Thanks, Danielle!

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  23. Aaaaaand I'm crying. This was beautiful. I adore you. <3

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  24. That is so amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dashboard. after I read this I went to go see if they are doing this show in L.A. and they either already did and I missed it or they aren't at all.

    Makes me sad.

    I was listening to all this old albums from 10 to 5 years ago (Dashboard included) its amazing what a time line music is and how just listening to it can take you back to that time and place when you hear it.

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  25. i saw that show last december when he came to my area and i was just as amazed. it totally brought me back to my younger years. and it made me think about all the people with me in that stage of life. kind of bittersweet. :)

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  26. Wow. I totally forgot about Dashboard Confessional. I loved them back in high school. Hands Down. I must go listen to it. I found a mixed CD with that song on it a few years ago and I got butterflies in my stomach from the memories it brought back.

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  27. I read this post when you first put it up and have been thinking about it the last few days. I just couldn't agree more. Certain music will come up in shuffle and immediately take me back to a certain point in life. Dashboard is most definitely one of those bands. Great post.

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  28. i looved chris carraba (sp??) he was my dreamboat in college.

    so happy you saw him. i recently (well, like a year ago) saw the get up kids. all the vagrant bands bring memories back!

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  29. i am so incredibly jealous. so funny to think of where i was 10 years ago (and loving dashboard just as much) as well...

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  30. How lovely. Your story sounds very similar to how my hubby & I started out. But our long distance phase lasted 4years!! Here's to happy memories of the beginning of wonderful things.

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