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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fun with fun.

 A few years ago I heard a catchy song on the radio and thought, "That sounds like the dude from The Format! Since when did they get radio famous?!"

I hadn't listened to music radio in a couple years. I was too busy only listening to NPR like a douche and was out of the popular music loop.

Then a few months later, I found out it WAS the dude from The Format! Only he was in a different band, its name was "fun.," and apparently they were getting pretty darn popular! After crying my tears over the The Format's disbanding, I began to really like the sound of this fun. group, despite thinking (to this day) that the band name is kinda like "meh" and/or "wtf," even though they apparently chose the name because of their love of ice cream, which is just adorbs.

One autumn day in 2012, I went for an evening walk with my headphones on and music in my ears. Fun.'s song The Gambler came on as I was nearing the corner home, and I was punched in the guts with gushy feelings and inspiration. I kept the song on repeat, sat down on the porch, and wrote my wedding vows. It was about a month before the wedding and I was getting kind of nervous; Mr. Over Achiever had finished his three months ago. I have a hard time putting my love-feelings into words, I guess. But that night, I wrote exactly what I would eventually say to him in front of our friends and family on one of the best days of my life.

As an anniversary gift to each other, Joel and I went to see fun. in Detroit about a month ago. It was during the heat wave and was so hot and muggy, I had a ton of school work to do, it was Tuesday night when we both had stuff to do the next morning and, as usual, I had gotten little sleep. I was hardly in the mood to drive three hours both ways to a crowded venue. We almost didn't go.

But I am so, SO glad we did. It was beautiful and magical and joyful and FUN (omg, I get it now!). It was everything. It was my first music festival atmosphere and the largest show I have ever been to. We sat waaaay up on the grassy hill in the back. After the show started, everyone stood up and sang and swayed to the songs. I was secretly hoping they would play The Gambler (they did), even though I knew I would cry like a little bitch (I did), but it's okay because Joel and I were a barfy couple for a few minutes and then we got back to dancing. The band puts on a hell of a show, and they kept gushing about Detroit and the people of Michigan. It was obvious they were enjoying themselves and that they enjoyed us as an audience, which is always a nice feeling.

In 2007, I saw The Format at The Intersection, a local venue with a maximum capacity of about 2,000. Here is a crappy photo I took from that night, no zoom required:

Here is the (again, crappy) photo I took from the Fun. show this summer:

They played a sold-out show in a venue that holds 7,700 people. It was pretty cool to see a talented guy (Nate Ruess) go from "If I wave my arms, you would actually notice I'm in your audience!" to "That white dot sure looks exhausted from jumping around the stage so much!" They are one of the few bands Joel and I mutually love and we both had a mini celebration when they won their Grammy. Music has always been intrinsically linked to memories, good or bad, that come rushing back whenever I revisit loved albums or songs. I don't often listen to The Format anymore as their music brings back feelings of a pretty awful time in my life. But right now, Fun. is all happiness and love-feelings, and I hope I can revisit those feelings when I listen to these albums (with Joel!) in years to come. 

Oh yeah. We also got a poster:


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