I feel like with the best concerts I go to, I end up buying tickets on a whim. I once bought tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert the day of back in New York, and it was an incredible experience that I still treasure to this day ( backstory: I was in a really rough place at the time, so this kind of saved me in a way… it was truly spectacular and I wholly prescribe concerts as being the best medicine).
Anyway, so last Sunday– in the midst of studying for an Economics test I found out that one of my favorite all-time bands (Oh Wonder, obviously) was going to be in LA this Wednesday and just happened to be playing at a venue less than 15 minutes away from USC. The tickets were in the $25-30.00 range, so that was enough to justify my spontaneous purchase. Fast forward to Wednesday, I hopped out of ECON at 7:45 pm and met up with Alexa and we were off to see Oh Wonder and I couldn’t contain my happiness.
They opened with an artist called Kevin Garret, who I researched and he ended up writing one of my all-time favorite Beyonce songs from her most recent album Lemonade: “Pray You Catch Me.” He performed this song, along with some of his own and its was incredible.
And then the moment came, Oh Wonder came out and changed my life forever. They opened up with “Livewire”and a few songs later played the most incredible version of one of the songs that means the most to me, “Lose it,” that I’ve heard (with saxophones). They played more of my favorites like “All We Do” and “Body Gold.” They were just fantastic live and to be there in person and feel the music they were playing was amazing. Then came the last song (before the encore), “Drive.” Besides becoming one of my all time favorite songs this summer, it has the most meaning to me as well. I discovered this song accidentally actually after showing my boyfriend the song “Lose It.” This day was also the day he asked me to be his girlfriend and a day that I will always treasure and every time I listen to this song it reminds me of the past summer and how beautiful each day we spent together was. Its our song. And I heard it live, although unfortunately, though, so far away him.
It’s kind of funny that it is our song, being that it’s song about the hardships of love and feeling like you’re not enough, because that couldn’t be any more opposite of what it’s like with us. Somehow though we just fell in love with the beat and the sound of the song that we don’t take the heaviness of the lyrics into account (just admire the Strings at the end).
I teared, obviously, but it was the most incredible moment of the show for me. Everyone, if you have not already, must go listen to Oh Wonder (also the name of their self-titled album) and witness the effortless beauty of their music. You’ll fall in love. Honestly.
Enjoy the Weekend,