"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"These Times" and This Night with SafetySuit

January 7, 2012 - We attended the SOLD OUT CD Release Show of the great young band, SafetySuit, of their new album "These Times" at 12th & Porter in Nashville tonight.  A couple of other good, young, Nashville-based bands, Chasing Change and Throwing Gravity,  opened for them.  Thanks to our friends, Chris and Tarryn, for attending the show with us.

We first saw these guys on one of the two music cruises we took last year and we were really impressed with their energy on stage and the strong voice of lead singer and front-man, Doug Brown.

Before the show we had an excellent dinner and some tasty drinks at The Whiskey Kitchen in downtown Nashville just up the street from the music venue with Chris and Tarryn as well as our friends, John and Monique.  The main topic of conversation over dinner was our upcoming trip to Aruba all together next month.

About six songs into Safetysuit's set, lead singer, Doug Brown, abruptly left the stage.  He came back on a few minutes later and admitted he was racked with a stomach flu and just could not go on.  This was definitely true based on the photo above that I took a few minutes before he left the stage.  The dude looks sick.  As mentioned before, all of Doug's energy is spent on stage during every performance we have seen by Safetysuit, and he still gave a valiant effort tonight despite the illness.  The rest of the band bravely decided to keep playing and let the crowd sing along.  Then members of the two opening bands, Chasing Change and Throwing Gravity,  took the stage as well and led the crowd in singing several Safetysuit songs in a tribute to Doug and the rest of the band.  It's was one of those magical nights that only seeing live music can give you.  Below is a snippet of the Safetysuit "tribute" band in action.  Probably the most amazing thing about the incident is that no-one in the packed venue seemed to leave despite the "star" not being there.  That's a testament to the town of Nashville that really loves their music.

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