We all have those certain things that take us back to a certain day or a time in our life. Things that make us feel nostalgic, but extremely content at the same time. Things that connect our brain to the happiest memories, certain people, and the simpler, easy days before we grew up. I can name quite a few things that personally do this for me, and I am lucky to say that Derek shares similar things that personally do this for him.
One of them being: Emo music.
I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, wren you were one of those depressed emo kids who wore black skinny jeans in the middle of summer, listened to screamo music, used eyeliner and a flat iron way too often, and had an attraction to guys with facial piercings and dyed black hair??”
Surprise! Yes I was.
I was in middle school-freshman year when the “scene kid, emo phase” was big. I had 3,000 friends on Myspace and spent most of my free time finding the next best emo band to show my friends. (My few real ones, and my online ones of course.) In fact, Myspace is where I started talking to Derek. We had met in person, but didn’t talk much. One day, I accepted his friend request, we direct messaged for a while, started texting and hanging out, bonded over our shared love of the same music, and the rest is history. In 2009, we spent our first summer together driving around town blasting Taking Back Sunday, hung out with our friends while the Used played in the background, and when we decided to go to Warped Tour together, I realized that this bond we had was way more than just a “best friendship”. We basically fell in love over emo music, and had one of our first “we’re a couple, not friends” dates at Warped tour. Since then, Derek and I have both never loved a music genre as much as the “warped tour, myspace, emo” one. Maybe because it’s always held such a special place in our hearts and takes us back to the very beginning of our relationship.
And so, with all of this history and memories, you can only imagine how bitter sweet it was attending the last Warped Tour together. We went to one other Warped tour since our first one together, but we stopped going when our favorite bands stopped going. We’ve attended multiple concerts together since including Mayday Parade, Dashboard Confessional, and Taking Back Sunday, but since this was the last Warped Tour, we felt like we just had to go.
Luckily, a few of our favorite bands felt the same way.
We saw The Used (for the 2nd time together) Mayday Parade (for my 5th time, Derek’s 4th) We The Kings (for my 4th time) This Wild Life (for our 2nd time together) The Maine (for my 3rd time) And for our first time: Senses Fail, Simple Plan, Crown The Empire, Falling in Reverse, and multiple others.
We drove up to Salt Lake with our friends Amber, Ryan, and Erik late Friday night, stayed in a hotel, attended Warped tour all day Saturday, and drove home Sunday morning. We also met up with our friends Kayden and Auston, and saw many other friends from our home town.It was a quick trip, but it was worth it and we were so happy that we went. It was bittersweet seeing all of our favorite musicians older, and realizing that none of us are as young as we once were. But at the same time, it was so great to listen to those favorite songs live-for maybe the very last time.
Warped Tour, 2009
So… Cheers to the final Warped tour, and to good music. Cheers to the good old days, and the good new days. Cheers to falling in love, and staying in love. Cheers to the end of era, and the beginning of so many new ones.
With so much love from my little emo heart, ( 😉 )
Onto the next adventure, Wren