I Love You #19, A Memory

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Quick story about the concert in the image. Ok, not that specific show, but one a year earlier, nearly the same setlist, etc. At the time I was working and going to art school in Ft. Lauderdale. I was a big fan of the band Daniel Amos, (which had morphed into the name DA, which would eventually morph into da), but I digress. DA was one of the first CCM groups to move into new wave territory musically. They started in the 70’s as a country rock band, moved into Beatle-ish pop rock, and then burst out all new wavey.

I had seen them a few years earlier in the Horrendous Disc Beatle era, and enjoyed it greatly. I was curious to see how they were in full new wave mode live. The show was being put on at a local YMCA and I was careful to get there early, figuring it would be a small venue and seating would be tight. Well it was small alright, maybe 150-200 chairs setup in a medium sized room. Nobody was seated yet and I took my place in the front row, pleased that I would be front and center.

As show time came closer and closer, I noticed there was very little activity. A few people were setup in the back to sell things, and hardly anyone was walking around. A handful of people came and sat down, and I do mean handful. Start time came and there were still only a few of us, less than 10, sitting there. I wondered if the concert would be canceled. But after a few minutes, out they came, doing they’re best to look enthusiastic. I was mortified, I had never been to a show with this few in attendance. For a major CCM band. And so, for the next hour and a half, DA played cutting edge music on a full concert setup, strobe lights, extremely tight musicianship, to 10 people. And I sang the songs at the top of my lungs, embarrassed for them that they had to play for so few. Anyone who knows me well knows I can’t sing a lick, but I did my best, trying to create some kind of crowd feedback.

After the show, I talked to a couple of the band members as they were taking down the equipment. I thanked them for giving us a full effort despite the attendance. They said they were experiencing similar turnouts else where on that tour through Florida, and wouldn’t be using the same promoter again. It had to be depressing for them. But for me, it was a concert to remember, the night DA played almost exclusively for me. I left humming their song “I Love You #19″…

All right!

[Verse 1]
Now if I say it real pretty in a pretty rhyme
Well, does your mind get cloudy? That’s a dirty crime
Does it do things any good to tell you that I’m standing here Because I love you?

[Verse 2]
You say the voice is soothing, got those hypnotic eyes
But man, I wouldn’t want to hand you any alibis
You can blame it all on what you can
But do you see just where I am?
I love you

[Bridge]
I had a flash
I saw you crying in the night
I said a prayer
I saw you walking in the night
And you were saying how it all once was
And how your life had changed because He loves you
And then you turned to tell someone who wouldn’t believe you
When you said, “I love you”

[Verse 3]
Now if I find it rough-going in expressing myself
And between the lines it’s coming from somebody else
Don’t you leave it all together, put this upon the shelf
I said I love you

[Verse 1]
Now if I say it real pretty in a pretty rhyme
Well, does your mind stay cloudy? That’s a dirty crime
Does it do things any good to tell you that I’m standing here Because I love you?
Does it do things any good to tell you that I’m standing here
Because I love you?
Well, does it do things any good to tell you that I’m standing here
Because I love you, love you, yes I do
I said I love you, love you, yes, I do
I said I love you, love you, yes, I do
I said I love you, love you, yes, I do
I said I love you, love you, yes, I do, yeah

 

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Author: marvborst

Artist, photographer, truth seeker

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