Tuesday, March 31, 2009

i heart matt nathanson

My freshman year of college I went to an O.A.R concert at the Orpheum in Boston. No one was really paying attention to the opener, but I started listening and realized that I sort of loved him. I picked up a postcard on my way out and saw that his name was Matt Nathanson. These were the days of Kazaa, when music wasn't as readily available for (il)legal download. But after some searching, I was able to download some of his songs and buy some of his independently recorded CDs. Shortly after he came to the Paradise and Stephen Kellogg opened for him (another great musician) and I fell in love.

He's a dude with a guitar, and he told lots of funny jokes and made a ton of 80's references. Basically he won my heart in the first 10 minutes.

After the show I waited outside to see if I could meet him. Shortly after he made his way out and I literally shoved myself to the front of the group of girls that were surrounding him. I shoved my ticket stub in his face, told him that my name was Jessie and begged him to take a picture with me. He obliged by posing, signing "You rock Jessiegurlll -Matt Nathanson", and giving me a huge hug. I would post the picture, however, I was at the tail end of having gained the freshman 17 and I don't think that anyone needs to see pictures of that. Believe me, it ain't pretty.

Since then, I've bought all of his CDs and even driven to Bridgeport, CT (which I've heard compared to Harlem) to see him in concert. I actually squealed in the middle of a store when I heard his single "Come on Get Higher" playing and scared the crap out of an employee.

So consider this my official plug: GO DOWNLOAD ANY SONG BY MATT NATHANSON.



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