As a Jewish teenager growing up in Dallas, I can't think of music that I connected to more than Dave Matthews Band. And as a writer, it mystifies me. It's like poetry come to life. "Before These Crowded Streets" is the first album I fell in love with. After eleven long years of being a DMB fan, I finally got to see him live at CitiField last weekend. My heart was beating so hard and I felt the music in my chest. It was exhilarating.
Standing in the crowd, two things became incredibly clear. 1) I am likely the only Dave Matthews fan who has never smoked pot. Ever. 2) I truly regret waiting this long to see him. I wish I had gone in high school. Shoulda, woulda, Prada.
I don't have one favorite Dave album - but here are the songs that are on my favorite DMB mix.
The Best of What's Around
Don't Drink the Water
I Did It
Out of my Hands
So Much To Say
The Space Between
What Would You Say
You & Me
(No, Crash is NOT on the list. I think it's overrated - so sue me!)
You & Me is new, but it may be my all-time favorite Dave song. He sang it, and hearing it live was incredible. I hope that my husband and I will dance to it at our wedding someday.
Finally seeing Dave after all these years was so gratifying. It took me back, digging up memories and moments that have long been tucked away safely. I hope that my first was just the beginning.