Matchbox 20 made me cry. Again.

June 7, 2013

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9c44411ac807484833ea590ae0d93affI go to a lot of concerts.

A lot.

But in all the concerts I have been to, I have only cried at three of them.

I only actually count crying at two of them because one was Josh Groban and that doesn’t count because Josh Groban makes everyone cry. I mean, if you don’t tear up during “You Raise Me Up” you are simply not human.

The other two concerts I cried at were Matchbox 20. They were different shows and years apart but still…Matchbox 20?

It’s not like their music is sad. It’s poignant. Meaningful. Thoughtful. But not sad.

But I still cried.

The first time I cried was when they played Hand Me Down. The song reminds me of my oldest son and some of the struggles and thoughts he faced about his being adopted.

“From what I’ve seen
You’re just a one more hand me down
Cause no one’s tried to give you what you need
So lay all your troubles down
I am with you now”

It’s a really good song. I have no idea what it’s supposed to be about, but I can relate it to him and them playing it was a bit of a shock because it’s kind of a B-Side track and I had a few, a couple, a lot, many cocktails. Anyway, it was touching.

The second time I cried was last weekend when I saw them in Vegas. They have a song on their latest album North titled I Will and on the surface it’s a love song, at least that’s what I thought it was. Rob Thomas is usually very secretive about the meaning and origins of his music, but at the concert he explained how and why they wrote some of them and this song in particular struck me. The song is about an elderly couple who have been together for many years when one of them is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The lyrics are sad and beautiful and very much reminded me of the pain and sadness of seeing my Dad forget everything that used to be so important to him and all of us, not just my Mom, trying to keep him from forgetting.

“When you don’t know,
I will”


I was seriously almost bawling.

And I was sober this time.

That’s what I love about live music, you feel the emotion of the artist investment in the lyrics and the energy of the audience.

It’s a remarkable feeling.

There are bands out there, that while they have some radio success, they build their fan base strictly on their live shows. In front of an audience their music takes on meaning and a life of its own. Matchbox 20 is that band. Their collective musical talent is astounding. Their lyrics are deep, personal and every member of the band is invested in them. They are amazing. I see them every chance I get, and I can’t wait to see them again this summer!


PS: I am a week behind in my concert posts so I apologize in flooding y’all with them over the next few days…

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1 Mary April 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Beautifully said. I cry too. Saw Heart. I sang, then cried, then sang, then cried. I hear you.

2 Sandi April 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Mary. I remember when you called me after I got my wisdom teeth out and sang me my favorite Air Supply. It made me weepy. Or the pain from getting my wisdom teeth out did…I’m not sure which!

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