It’s 1:40am on the day after Easter Sunday. I should be asleep… but that would make too much sense right now. Why? Because i’m still totally amazed at the fact that 1,300+ Knoxvillians came to see the Guv’nahs play this weekend at the Bijou. 5 years ago we started playing music because we loved it… sure, our first show was a joke and we thought we’d never play a concert again, but we LOVED it from the very beginning. We are well aware that very few folks get to live out a dream of theirs… especially one as ridiculous as playing music on a stage as a profession. We are more grateful for your support than you could ever imagine. Without you, this roller coaster ride stops and it becomes a hobby again. So, thank you from the deepest, most honest part of our hearts.
Personally, I’ve learned a whole lot in these past 5 years. First and foremost, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve spent most of my life a “lone ranger”, not because I didn’t have friends, as I always had close friends. But oftentimes I lived like a “lone ranger” because I never really felt like I needed to depend on anyone else and that life was best lived when I had the reigns on everything around me. I still struggle with it, but the band has changed / is changing that mentality. Living in community with these 5 guys has broken me, and it’s molded me. It’s taught me about personal limits, and it’s taught me about finding my true strengths… and spending my time on those things. Life is far too short to be lived as a lone ranger. That’s something I’ve had to learn from trial, from error, and from forgiveness. I’m finding more and more each day that this life is a complete gift, one that we have been given, and that we are responsible for… not because we are going to have to answer some kind of quiz one day… but because when you live your life from the perspective of knowing it’s a gift, then you feel the responsibility of passing that emotion on to those around you.
I am thankful for you, and for this adventure. Here’s to another 5 years.
ps: more pictures / videos to come from this past weekend.