09.22.11 Personal

Bon Iver Concert

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e stood with thousands and sang at the top of our lungs. The floor shook and the dark room was illuminated with camera phones, kinda like lighters from the 80s adhering to a safety code. An auditorium filled with strangers just an hour before morphed into a time and place when we connected. With Bon Iver.

For me, the first connection happened on my computer. Like most things in life these days. I became obsessed with their music and the edgy folk quality to Justin Vernon's voice. If I was being honest, it was his voice (and the Fleet Foxes station on Pandora) that helped me through some crazy times this year.

So I sang. With Bon Iver. With JD. With thousands of strangers because--in that moment--life stood still. And I? I felt invincible.


We actually had reservations at a restaurant in Los Angeles, but traffic was so bad we pulled off in Costa Mesa and ate at Ortica. And while it doesn't seem like a big deal, THIS IS THE STORY OF OUR LIVES. We make plans, and then we change them because life never works the way we plan. In fact, we made plans for our anniversary next week and--after changing them three times--simply decided we'll celebrate our anniversary once we get time for ourselves. After looking at our calendar, we ain't celebrating until December. But that's okay. JD planned a month of small celebrations (like concerts, wine tasting, and buying a NRFB retro-inspired dress) to ensure we know we're exactly where we want to be. Together.


En route to the concert, JD asked where we were headed. Ford Theater, I responded. He asked if I was sure it wasn't at Universal Amphitheater. He bought the tickets and was certain it was at Universal. I shook my head and said FORDFORDFORD. JD asked if I brought a jacket because the Ford is outdoors and my body temperature is that of an amphibian. I, of course, forgot a jacket. I begged him to pull off the Hollywood freeway at stop at a CVS pharmacy for a blanket. Because pharmacies don't sell blankets (who knew?!), I'm now the owner of a $26.99 velour jumpsuit. With rhinestones at the collar.
Oh, and here's the best part: we arrived at Ford and it was completely empty. Not a car in sight.
We made our way to the Universal Amphitheater and I peeled off my jumpsuit.
And then we sang...


Here's to ever-changing plans, singing out loud, and velour jumpsuits...happy Thursday, y'all...
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Melissa - Hillarious story, sounds just like my husband and I. I just saw an informercial for one of those velour jumpsuits and couldn't stop laughing... You're one lucky girl to own one. You are an writer... and photographer.   09.24.11 - 12:39pm
Lupe Juarez - This post just made my day! Thanks Jazmin<33  09.23.11 - 5:56pm
Lindsey - OMGeeee you are hysterical!   09.23.11 - 12:23pm
Tina - Love the photo of you. So classic!  09.23.11 - 10:41am
Jenelle Sewell - Very sweet, Jasmine. Happy Anniversary (Love 'Winter Hymnal' by Fleet Foxes)   09.23.11 - 9:38am
Alexis - Aww. Sweet story! :) Have a good day!  09.23.11 - 6:19am
Chris Sansom - What a beautiful band to see on any date. Fantastic music, always a great blog to read!  09.23.11 - 5:30am
Sarah - You make me crack up with the funny stories about your life!  09.22.11 - 5:50pm
RBecca - For Emma, Forever Ago has been the soundtrack to my ups and downs. Haunting, but also just an amazing listening.   09.22.11 - 1:53pm
ala cortez - ummmm...you guys are way cute and fashionable!!  09.22.11 - 1:40pm
Life with Kaishon - I LOVE your dress. And those shoes! WOW! Get out of the city with your gorgeousness. Seriously. Get out of the city ; ).  09.22.11 - 1:25pm
Brianna - If you would have consulted me, things would have gone much smoother. I'm almost insulted.  09.22.11 - 1:15pm
Suzy G - I love lifes imperfect perfect memories. The beauty of the unexpected makes life all the more special. I am so glad you both take it in stride and enjoy every step along the way. Beautiful post.  09.22.11 - 1:03pm
Jason+Gina  - Great pic! Love that spotlight on just him.  09.22.11 - 12:59pm
rich - love the story! you guys really know how to enjoy life's moments =)  09.22.11 - 12:22pm
Christina Dely - Awww I really love this post :) You two are just so sweet! I hope you had a wonderful time at the concert!  09.22.11 - 12:19pm
Tracy Martin - Dang... I so love Bon Iver. And since I don't pay attention to concerts going on I only just looked and saw that they are playing in Berkeley tonight but it is sold out.... Next time.  09.22.11 - 11:34am
Regina Chayer - Makes me think of Lennon " Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans". :)  09.22.11 - 10:42am
Manya Keseloff - Great story! Thanks for sharing!!  09.22.11 - 10:29am
Gail - First off—JD, props to you. That dress? Amazing. Second—please tell me Justin ended it with "Wolves"? Because, if yours was anything like our show in Indy, there was nothing I'd trade for that moment of everyone in the audience—in unison and harmony—crooning along, over and over to the lyrics "What might have been lost....." Who needs drugs when concerts give you the best kind of high? ;)  09.22.11 - 10:06am
Chris - I've been hearing lots about these guys recently, I think I'll have to check them out. It was just the other day Todd (from ishootshows.com) posted some shots of them.  09.22.11 - 10:02am
kimberly butler - i love your life! it sounds so much fun and carefree.