My Musical Journey

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Twenty years ago I fell in love with a song that some would say is a silly little kids song but, what most people don’t realize is that “MMMBop” by Hanson has a strong message: hold onto the ones who really care because they could be gone in an instant.

When I was a teenager, I was struggling with a feeling of emptiness and nothingness and was battling daily against worthlessness. I needed someone or something to tell me that life was worth living and that everything would be OK. I found that when I first saw the video for “MMMBop”. These teenagers were having so much fun playing and singing that I wanted what they had: happiness. I didn’t realize it then, but I had discovered the true meaning of MMMBop and Hanson’s music became something that I needed to hold onto.

As I started on this new musical journey I began to feel like I was worth something. My feelings of worthlessness and nothingness went away and I began to feel truly happy. I was able to finally be the person I longed to be. I quickly made friends with people in the community with whom I am still friends with today. I met my best friend through pen paling. I don’t remember the details but I must have seen something on Hanson’s website on the forums about people pen paling and decided to write a few of them. I started writing letters to people regularly and became very immersed in pen paling and the Hanson fan culture. I had pen pals from all over the world. We would send not only Hanson merchandise to each other that you couldn’t get from the country you were from but other culture related things such as food, clothes, and books. One day I got a friendship book made up of little pieces of paper that is sent through the mail from person to person. Everyone involved adds their address and a little something about themselves on each page. The friendship book I got was filled with Hanson fans so I knew I would be able to bond with any of them. I read through the pages and one that caught my eye was a girl from Pennsylvania. We seemed to have the most in common so I wrote her a letter and a week later, got a response. We instantly became friends and continued to write letters for several years until I traveled to Pennsylvania and we met in person. We have always dreamed of going to a Hanson concert together but it hasn’t happened yet.

Hanson’s music is almost like my religion. Their music is a part of me. It’s something I need to survive and something that has helped shape my life and the person I am today. Each of their albums represents a different period in time for me. Middle Of Nowhere came out when I was young and didn’t want to be in this world. Many songs from that album have become anthems for my life. “With You In Your Dreams” helped me through my grandfather’s passing and I cry every time I hear that song. “Weird” got me through High School because it showed me that everyone is a little weird and that living in a cookie cutter world would be boring. This Time Around came out when I was about to graduate High School and enter the real world. The songs were fun and provided an escape when I needed a break from reality. Underneath an album about the weight of everything crashing down on you and still having the strength to overcome it all was the perfect outlet I needed to overcome the struggles of college and life at the time. The Walk album gave me a new outlook on life. Many of the songs are about finding hope and wanting to change. I was living with my dad at the time and he told me I had to leave and that I had three days to move out. I was mad and sad at first. I didn’t understand why he was kicking me out. I turned on The Walk and the songs gave me such hope that I knew everything would be OK and not even twenty four hours later I had found a new place to live with wonderful roommates. Shout It Out was there when I was going through a divorce and becoming a new mother. The songs provided the joy I needed to believe that I could be a single mother and that I didn’t need anybody to help me. And finally, Anthem came at a time when I was feeling confident about my life, and the album provided the joyful music I needed.

Going to a Hanson show is like coming home because the fan community is home. All of us fans have grown up with the music and each other. The journey begins long before the lights go down, when tickets go on sale. My friends and I all make plans to buy tickets and discuss which shows we are going to attend. The day starts early as Hanson fans are known for lining up early and camping out on the sidewalk. I know that sounds terrible. WRONG! Camping out on the sidewalk brings us fans together. The camping out on the sidewalk is always a highlight for me; I get to catch up with all my friends I only see when Hanson go on tour. Together, we share stories of past concert experiences and the excitement and anticipation of the show to come. We make new friends and strengthen the bonds with the ones we already have. The fans have come together and started a number system for while we are waiting in line. We put numbers on our hands so that we can come and go from the line and not lose our place. While standing in line I have seen some unusual things. I was once handed doughnuts by a stranger. A homeless girl asked us if were homeless or if we were just mocking the homeless.

One of my favorite stories took place in Seattle in 2008 on “The Walk Around The World Tour” when I had won the role of fan club reporter for the show. The fan club reporter gets to interview the band, take pictures of the show and, when it’s all over, write a review which is then posted on Hanson’s website. I found out months before the show that I had won and was shocked. I never thought in a million years that I would have been given the opportunity to meet Hanson. I even doubled checked the e-mail to make sure that it was supposed to be sent to me. Someone on Hanson’s team chooses ten people to win meet-and-greets from a pool of us who have submit our names. Nine people get regular meet-and-greet passes and one lucky winner gets to be fan club reporter. I was provided with special instructions for the meet-and-greet and interview. I spent several months coming up with questions, which proved to be harder than I thought but, I prepared seven questions and hoped for the best. I was so excited the night before that I only got three hours of sleep and woke up hours before I was supposed to meet my friends at the venue. I showed up to the venue super early in the morning. I was hoping to meet my friends but instead was greeted by a few fans who had showed up just a few minutes before. I knew I had a long day ahead of me and my nerves were already getting the best of me. The nerves only got worse as the day went on. Finally, it was time for the meet-and-greet. I walked in with the other winners and to see Hanson standing only a few feet away from me. I was so nervous but I walked right up to Isaac and shook his hand, then moved on down the line to Taylor, and finally, Zac. The other winners followed suit. We took group pictures and then I was left alone with Hanson. They led me up some stairs to a room with a couch and some tables. I sat down on the couch, followed by Isaac. As soon I sat down I blurted out “Wow the couch is more comfortable than the sidewalk.” I got the most confused look from Isaac as he said “I hope so.” I was so embarrassed, and I’m sure my face turned multiple shades of red. I managed to compose myself and finish the interview. Finally getting the chance to tell Hanson how much their music changed my life and getting to talk to them about their music was a surreal moment in my life that I will cherish forever.

Deep down, I knew that Blake and I wouldn’t get along but ignored the feeling because I wanted to go to Hanson Day and needed a roommate. The rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath started the night before I was set to leave for Tulsa. I had started to pack and I had to stop several times to calm down.

After a six hour plane ride I finally made it to Tulsa, OK for my first Hanson Day. Still having some anxiety I wandered outside to meet Blake. We make our way to the hotel and then decide to go explore Tulsa. I remember thinking that Tulsa felt open like the way Montana feels, with big sky and open spaces, despite being a huge city, I never felt like I was in a huge city. The hot sun felt good on my skin and I wished I could have stayed there. Blake and I didn’t make it very far before we got lost and had to use the GPS on our phones to get back to the hotel.

The next day there were band lectures, group pictures, and fan club dinners. The group pictures were first. We waited in line for several hours and the moment I walked into Cain’s Ballroom I felt like a teenager all over again. I barely kept it together. Isaac reaches his hand for me to shake and the minute we touch a feeling of overwhelming excitement runs through me. I am then greeted by Taylor and then Zac and the excitement only gets worse and I almost start to giggle like a schoolgirl. I manage to compose myself and find a place to stand for the photo right next to Zac. The guy taking the picture says smile and then it’s over. I walk back out only to be blinded by the sunlight and thinking OMG I just met Hanson. I then get in another line for the band lectures. The excitement I was feeling only got worse as the hours went by. The time seem to pass slowly and I thought we would never be let in for lectures.

Walking into the ballroom for the lectures, I took a minute to take it all in. Looking around the room and seeing all these Hanson fans in one place was amazing and took my breath away. Everyone was rushing to find seats. It was complete chaos. Taylor’s lecture was titled “Song Stories.” He invited five fans on stage to share their story about a song before telling us his story about the song. The first girl talked about “With You In Your Dreams” and how that song reminded her of her grandmother who passed away. Looking up at stage and listening to the fans tell their stories filled me with a sense of gratitude for the band. Not only for the music, but also for the community and the unspoken understanding we all shared as a fandom. Isaac’s lecture was titled “Inside This Time Around.” He broke down the songs on the album by playing the tracks of each song separately, which gave me a deeper appreciation for the songs. Zac’s lecture, titled “Drop Your Digital Pants”, consisted of him recording a song called “Signs of Life” live on-stage. The lyrics came via suggestions from fans. Zac was having so much dancing and singing on stage and the fans got to sing on the song. Now when I hear the song I get to say I sang with Zac Hanson.

The next day was the member only concert which was the highlight of the weekend. We were treated to rare songs from EPs and fan favorites from albums both past and present. The energy from the band was great and the crowd was equally happy to be there. After the concert, the band hosted an after party where we danced the night away. The last day was the band’s beer and music festival, called “Hop Jam”. There was great music and tons of beer. Hanson also performed a kick-ass show to thousands of people who filled the streets of Tulsa. The energy from the crowd was something I had never experienced before. Standing on the street in Hanson’s home town with thousands of fans from all over world singing and dancing to the music we grew up with is an indescribable moment.

Sitting in Caz’s restaurant, eating dinner during Hanson Day, we turn around to see Taylor attempt to walk down the stairs. He takes the first step and almost falls over. He stops himself, looks around to make sure no one is watching, notices me and Blake, and smiles. He attempts the next step. Not happening. He misses and ends up two stairs down. He takes another look around while Blake and I are laughing so hard. Taylor smiles and tries to go down the stairs again. Still not having any luck he stops again. Blake and I have started to wonder if he was drunk. He makes it down the stairs, walks over to our table, smiles and says “Hello.” As he starts to walk away, Blake stops him and says she has a question. Blake was concerned that her member EP was broken. She starts shaking the cd near Taylor’s ear and says “can you hear that” Taylor gave her the most confused look. Blake continued to shake her CD in his ear. Finally he says “Open it right here and, if it’s broken, I will make sure you get another one.” Blake opens the cd to find it is not broken. Taylor smiles and walks away.

“It’s OK she’s a Hanson fan, everything will be alright,” I said to my family and friends when I decided to go on a week long road trip following Hanson around on tour in 2013 with Michelle who I had met on Hanson.net. My family and friends thought I was crazy but I wanted to see Hanson and nothing was stopping me. Michelle and I had talked online for several months before we met in person.

I walked right up to her and said “Hey” before getting into her car and driving off to find some lunch. That was the most awkward lunch because we didn’t know each other that well and I think we were both a little unsure of how the trip was going to pan out. However, we knew we had an appreciation for Hanson in common, so we talked about them. I had followed the band consistently while she had fallen away from them, always coming back over and over again. She heard they were going on tour and wanted to check them out again. After lunch we started our three hour drive to Portland,OR. We blasted music and sang our little hearts out and laughed so hard we had tears in our eyes. I knew this was going to be start of a wonderful friendship and that this was going to be an epic road trip.

We roll up to her house and crash on the couch, waking up bright and early the next morning. Not wasting any time, we get ready and rush to the venue. It was pouring down rain and , silly us, we forgot the umbrellas. We stand in line for over two hours before it dawns on us go get an umbrella. Right before doors open, a DJ for a radio station rolls up and we start chatting with her. We talk her into giving us meet-and-greet passes that had gone unclaimed by their original winners. The meet-and-greet goes well and the concert was wonderful.

Our trip also took us to Seattle and Vancouver, BC. where the fun didn’t stop. In Seattle, Michelle almost passed out from the heat inside the venue and spent much of the concert outside. Nothing major just a little over-heating. In Vancouver, Michelle lost her car keys and she had to get new keys made. We were stuck in Canada for more time than we wanted but, we made it home in one piece and with newfound friendships.

Today not only marks twenty years of me being a Hanson fan, but twenty years of shouting out loud, building friendships, holding on to the people who really matter, traveling all over the United States, camping out on sidewalks, taking mile-long walks with bare feet, discovering who I truly am, and believing in myself. Hanson’s music not only showed me how to believe in myself but also to passionately love all music, which has helped me discover many wonderful artists. If it wasn’t for Hanson’s music I wouldn’t have believed in myself enough to want to live, and wouldn’t be alive to write this

In an MMMBop their gone

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Post Hanson Concert Depression has hit me full force this time around. So bad I want to cry. Silly right? Its just a Hanson concert. Its not just a Hanson concert its the whole experience that I miss.

When Hanson announced dates for their Roots and Rockin’ Roll tour back in June(I think it was) I knew instantly that I needed to go. I waited for the day that pre-sale tickets went on sale and was up and ready the very second that tickets were for sale. I managed to buy my tickets and then the waiting game started.

The day has finally come and I couldn’t be more excited. Hanson were playing in Portland, Oregon, which is about a 6 hour drive for me. I have a friend that lives in Portland so I had a place to crash. I left work at noon and started my journey. The drive went by pretty fast. When I get to my friends house, I say instantly “You want to go line up at midnight?” (side note: Hanson fans are known to line up extremely early for concerts so my suggestion wasn’t out of the ordinary.) My stops to think and says “YES!” We gathered our stuff they we would need, chairs, blankets, snacks, extra clothes, etc. and head to bed. I got about 30 mins of sleep, I was too excited. We ended up waking up at midnight and we go the venue at 1am and there four other people there already.

We settled in behind them and quickly put numbers on our hands(Hanson fans have taken it upon themselves to do a number system so that you can come and go from the line without loosing your spot, but usually only for the first 30-40 people). I was number five and my friend was number six. We ended up taking a little nap and woke up several hours later. We decided to go in search of food and discovered that there was a Fred Meyer across the street. The rest of day went by really quickly and soon doors opened.

We were lead down a narrow black hallway which lead to the stage. My friend and I ended up being second row! The stage was small and low to the ground with no baracade. The crowd waited for the opener to the take stage. He was great and I ended up checking his music out. Then the wait for Hanson to take the stage seemed like forever. Then it finally happened. The lights went down and the crowd got super loud and Hanson came walking out.

The Roots and Rockin’ Roll tour which composes of two concerts, an after party and a barefoot one mile walk for charity was a ten city tour where they played two shows in each city. The first night being mostly cover songs followed my the after party, hosted by one of the band members.

Back to the concert… They opened with Twist and Shout, which was so much fun to hear and continued with Shake Your Tail Feather. They covered Billy Joel, the Beach Boys, U2 and many more. The show ended with a cover of I Believe In A Thing Called by the Darkness. That was a show stopper!

The after party was something that me and friend didn’t really stick around much for but it seemed like the crowd was having fun. We decided to go home and get some sleep. We woke up at 6 am and hit the road and got the venue at around 7am. We were number 9 and 10 in line. Still pretty good!

The second concert started with another opener, who was great as well. Hanson started the concert with a song from their current album Anthem called Already Home. They played a lot of fan favorites and yes they played MMMBop. It wouldn’t be a Hanson concert without MMMBop. They played for a solid two hours and ended with three encores.

Ok back to the barefoot one mile walk for charity. Back in 2006 or 2007 I can’t remember, Hanson was making a record titled The Walk. Friends of theirs were going to South Africa to donate medical equipment and asked if Hanson wanted to come along. They decided to travel to South Africa to help their friends out and ended up being touched by the extreme poverty there that they went looking for ways to help. They teamed up with Toms Shoes when they went on tour to support their album The Walk. Toms Shoes, if you don’t know gives a pair of shoes to a child in need every time someones buys a pair shoes. Hanson and Hanson fans helped give thousands of shoes away by walking barefoot for a mile. The walks have turned into helping to build schools, drill clean water wells, providing shoes and HIV meds for mothers of unborn children. Hanson donates one dollar for every walker that takes the walk. The walk in Portland was wet but nice. Hanson leads the walk and yes they do take their shoes off. Its a time to reflect and to connect with problems outside of you. For more information on the walk charity you can visit http://www.takethewalk.net

Anyway, back to the story at hand. After the second concert me and friend decide to wait outside by the tour bus for Hanson to come out. They usually come out and sign autographs and to take pictures. My friend lasted an hour and decided that she had enough. I wasn’t really ready to leave but decided to go anyway. I’m still kicking myself for not waiting because Hanson did come out, if we had only waited another hour. Oh well maybe next. I still had a blast and wished I could have done it all over again.

I have attached a few photos from the two concerts. Please don’t steal. I hope you enjoy!

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A road block in my digging to Tulsa

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I thought I had a roommate, but as it turns out she can’t make it because her mom got cancer and she wants to be there for her mom. I totally understand, family comes first. However, now I have to find a new roommate. I put the word out on Facebook and the bands website. I hope to find someone soon so we can start planning. I know its a ways off but you can never too prepared.

One friend on Facebook stepped up and said she might be looking for a roommate if the two people that went with her last year don’t go. I hope it works out. I don’t mind going alone but it would be more fun to go with somebody. Wish me luck. Well sorry so short but not much else going on, I will update more later.

Stilling digging to Tulsa

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Originally I had planned on going to Tulsa with my friend,that went on tour with me last year but she is unable to go so I have been on the search for someone to go with. I went straight to the bands website where there are forums that members can post in and get to know each other. After lurking around for a bit I found this girl that was looking to meet up with somebody. I private messaged her and asked if she was interested in meeting. I had already booked a hotel so all she had to do was agree. She agreed and we will started discussing the details soon.

Barbara is from Amsterdam, married and about my age. She has been a Hanson fan for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to go to Tulsa. I’m so excited that I found someone to share the experience with. I did have to change the hotel room from one bed to two, which took some doing but I got everything worked out.

The only thing left is to find a flight and figure out the details of the trip. I won’t start looking for flights until after Christmas and the rest of details for the Members Only Event won’t be released until next year so we have plenty of time to figure out all the details. I better get back to digging…

Digging to Tulsa

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As many of you know my favorite band is Hanson and has been since I was fourteen, many many moons ago. Every year the band holds a Members Only  Event(MOE) in their home town of Tulsa,OK. The event is always held in May because when the band was at the height of their fame the mayor of their town declared May 6th Hanson day, because their debut album came out that day in 1997.

Hanson fans have been celebrating May 6th has Hanson day ever since. Every years fans would celebrate that day within the fan community. Hanson would honor the day by wishing every one a Happy Hanson Day but never really did anything but release a new EP.  The fans continued to celebrate in our own little ways. Then one year Hanson decided to record a live EP and invited the fans to join them.

Hanson posted on their website an address in Tulsa and a time and told us that anybody that showed up would be let inside. Hundreds of people showed and MOE was born. MOE stayed a small concert for many years until recently. It has grown into this event which lasts a whole weekend, which includes band lectures,an art gallery, a special store a bowling tournament a welcome and street leader dinners, movie nights and of course the concert and all you have to be is a member of Hanson.net, the bands website. This year MOE was held on the same weekend as Mayfest and the bands very own festival, Hop Jam. The band started their own beer company and launched a beer called MMMHops so Hop Jam was a way to drink beer and listen to music. The band performed and hundreds of people showed up to watched. Hope Jam was a huge success.  I’m hoping Hop Jam happens again this year. The details that been given out are the dates and nothing more about next years MOE will be released until next year.

Tulsa has become the ultimate Hanson fan spot to visit. And MOE is the perfect opportunity to visit Tulsa. I have never been and have always wanted to and next year is going to be my chance. I am over the top excited. Hanson fans from all over the world gathering in one place for one truely epic event which will get talked about for years to come and will go down IN Hanson history forever. I couldn’t pass it up. I have already booked my hotel which is only 6 blocks from the concert venue and I’m glad I did because every hotel with in walking distance of the venue is sold out.

Over the coming months I am going to take you on my journey leading up to the event with everything from picking a flight and details of the events that are  going to happen that weekend. You will be getting a front row experience and will get to share my excitement. If you have any stories of similar events you have attended I want to hear about them.

Weekly Writing Challenge:Moved by Music

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I was fourteen when I feel in love with three boys from Tulsa, OK known has Hanson. The year is 1997 and their hit song MMMBop had made a huge impression on me only I didn’t realize how much until many years later. I had just started High School and I was searching for something to hold onto.  I reached out and held on. Hanson were all around my age at the time and they were doing what they love and inspiring me and lots of other teenage girls. I can hear all of you now, those girls that sang that silly song. No they are not girls and the song is really deep if you listen to the lyrics. The song talks about holding onto the relationships that really matter and how you should hold onto them because in an instant they could be gone.   Here is the official music video from 1997

 

Hanson’s music has helped me threw so much, most recently when a grandfather figured died. I listened to a song they wrote for their Grandmother and I cried and cried and then cried some more. I listened to the song on repeat for about an hour, crying the entire time and they switched to a happier song and a smile instantly appeared on my face. I always smile when I listen to Hanson’s music. I can be having the worst day and I can turn on any song of theirs and my mood will instantly change. There are no words to express how thankful I am that I discovered their music and that I have had the opportunity to have been a fan for so long. I have even gotten to meet and interview the band. One of the best days of my life. I will always love their music and their music will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

Check out the weekly writing challenge to see what others have written.

Can’t Get Enough

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The Daily Prompt asks: Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.

Everybody knows I am addicted to the band, Hanson. I have liked their music since I was 14 and I’m 30. When I was a teenager I would spend any money I had on magazines with those posters inside of them that you could pull out and hang on your wall. My bedroom was covered so bad, that the posters looked like wallpaper. I had to know everything I could about the three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Everything from their toothbrush color to their shoe size. I don’t remember either of those now. I also had to buy every album they put out. Heck I still do that..shhh don’t tell.  I recently even followed them on tour for a week. I went to three shows and got to meet the band twice. And to top it all off I made some awesome friends along the way. I may not be as addicted to them now am I older but I still turn into my 14 year old self whenever I meet them or attend a concert. I hope the addiction never dies.

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Concert number three: Vancouver BC

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After traveling 941 miles and sitting in the rain for a total of 28 hours the best week ever is over. The Vancouver,BC concert ended my week with a bang. We got to the venue at 7:30am and we set up our chairs and got a  number on our hands. We were numbers 11 and 12. Standing in line proved to be very interesting, the homeless people in Vancouver,I have to say were the strangest out of the three cities. A few hours go by and this girl comes up to us and asks if we are homeless or if we are just mocking the homeless. We explained what we were doing and she backed off a little but every time she walked by she would glare at us. Another man came over and asked if he could take our picture, my friend said sure if you want to. He pulls out a piece of cardboard and proceeds  to draw our picture. And when he was done he then asks if we have any change. And when we said we didn’t(which was true) he got mad and threw his other piece of cardboard in the street and stormed off.

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drawing homeless guy drew.

Before this concert there was a private member only event which Hanson does for fan club members. I had front row and Hanosn played songs from their new EP and took some questions from the fans. After the private concert we all got  group pictures with the band. I got a hug from the drummer and when we were finding our places for the show(I got front row for the show too.) the drummer walks over  to the drums and picks up a set list from the private concert and starts walking  in my direction and holds it out I barely got the set list. I think my arms were just a little bit longer then my friend standing next to me.

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Private event set list

Now more waiting ensues. We don’t have to wait long for the opener to the take the stage. I liked the opener’s  music but it was a little mellow for daily listening.  The opener played for about 45 minutes and then there was another half and hour of waiting for Hanson. Hanson came out on stage and the crowd went wild and they started things off with the first track from their new album called Anthem. They played for about two hours and I got some amazing pictures. I will post some of them here but most of them are on my personal Facebook. If you want to see  the rest of the pictures feel free to leave a comment and I will give details. Now for some pictures.

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Isaac Hanson

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Zac Hanson

Hey its okay Thursday

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I was skimming threw the blogs I follow when I came across this post called Hey, It’s OK,Tuesday(well it’s Thursday) by Amber at Just trying to figure out farm life. Where jot down Hey it’s OK. So here is my hey it’s OK….

Hey it’s OK that I am still in my pj’s at 9:30 in the morning. Even though I should take a shower and put actually clothes on. Hey it’s OK that I let my kid watch Mickey Mouse’s Club house for longer than usual.

Hey it’s OK that Hanson has been my favorite band since I was 14 years old. And that I am going on road trip to see them in concert three times at the end of the month. Oh and two out of the three shows is sold out!

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Hey it’s OK that I am addicted to Grey’s Anatomy and just finished re-watching season nine so that when season ten starts in a few weeks I would be able to remember what happened.

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Below is the link to where Amber got the idea from. Check it out.

http://whisperingwriter.blogspot.com/2013/09/hey-its-okay-tuesday_10.html?m=1

“The couch is more comfortable than the sidwalk.”

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That is what I said to Isaac Hanson when I met him and his brothers, who make up the band Hanson, five years ago today.  Well that wasn’t the first thing I said. Let me start at the beginning.

It’s the year 2008 and I have been in love with  the band Hanson since 1997 and they have just announced that they are going on tour and dates and tickets would be announced soon.  I recently had lost my job and my fiance, who was a Marine at the time was in Japan. The day had come that tour dates were released. I am so excited I can’t contain myself. I scroll down the  list hoping for a city near me. Yes, they are coming to a city near me. My excitement only lasted  for a second longer because I realized I had no money and therefore would not be able to go. I sulked around the house for a few days and my room-mate got sick of  it one day and suggested that I ask my fiance to buy me a ticket.

The next day when I talked to him online I asked him and he said yes. I was over joyed. Words couldn’t describe the level of excitement I had. I bought a ticket. Through Hanson’s  website each member of the fan club can enter to win a meet and greet and one lucky person gets chosen to be the reporter for the show that person get to interview the band,take pictures during show and then gets to write about their experience and it all gets posted on the fan club’s website. I entered to win a meet and greet, thinking oh I won’t get one, too many people will enter  and I am not that lucky. They notify the winners by email so for the next few months I checked my e-mail like a crazy person.

One day I was sitting there checking my e-mail again like normal and there to my surprise was a notification that I had won reporter for my show. I was so shocked I did a double take and sure enough I wasn’t dreaming I had actually won. I screamed so loud with excitement my room mate thought something wrong. She came running in and wondered what was wrong. I screamed nothing is wrong, I just won a chance to meet Hanson. She, not being a fan just laughed and shook her head. I was so excited that for the next few weeks I told anybody that listen that I won a meet and greet. A few days later I got instructions on what was expected of me during the  show. I was told I needed to come up  with five to seven questions to ask the band and to remember to bring a camera and something to have the band sign. Thinking of questions was harder then I thought. I realized that I really didn’t have anything I wanted to know, so I turned to the fan club  I posted a thread on the forums asking if anybody had questions and sure enough I got tons of replies. I picked the best ones and wrote them down.

Fast forward to the the day of the show. The night before I couldn’t sleep. I did manage to get three hours, but I didn’t care I was going to meet my favorite band, I didn’t need sleep. I get up early and drive the venue, which in the heart of downtown. Hanson fans are known for lining up early for a show, so getting to the venue early was not a strange thing. In fact I was like 5th in line. I made a few friends and even more after they realize I am the reporter. We talk and keep ourselves busy through out the day.  We take  part in the one mile bare foot walk for charity, if you want to know more go here.

After the walk I started to get that giggly, butterflies in the stomach feeling. I just couldn’t believe that in a few hours my dream was going to come true. I waited until some one called for all the meet greeters to gather around. We were given our passes and then lead into the venue and right there in front of me was the reason I was so nervous. I slowly  walked toward them. I then come face to face with Isaac Hanson, we shake hands and say hello. I hand him a CD insert to sign and he asks me how to spell my name, which I spell for him, only to find out later that I had spelled it wrong. Face palm! The CD insert gets passed around between the brothers and I shake hands with the other  two as well. We exchange hello’s and I step back so the rest of the group can meet them too. After everybody has met them. Hanson leads me up some  stairs to  small room with a black couch and some other furniture , which I can’t remember. I sit down on the couch and Isaac sits down next to me. And the first thing out of my mouth is “the couch is more comfortable than the sidewalk.” He just gives me this look and says “I hope so.”

On that note we start the interview and I get to ask all my questions, we say our goodbye’s and I get lead to my seat. My nerves did go away somewhere in the middle of the interview but not enough to notice. I had an awesome time, the show was great but my pictures didn’t turn out very well. I just remember wanting to go to sleep somewhere near the end of the show. The show ends and I walk back to my car and go home and then to bed. I will never forget that day, I remember it like it was yesterday. I had such a great time. I have met the band a few other times and each time I have said something similar to what I said to Isaac that day. Its the nerves talking, I swear. I have to say I was so excited to see this daily prompt it showed up on the perfect day.

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