I do not know any of you personally but i wanted to share a story about this amazing weekend. I missed Wanee 2013 because my wife and i were expecting our first born in Feburary. Everything was great with the pregnancy and we wanted a natural child birth. everything was perfect until my wife, Laura, went into labor. When we arrived, there was no heart beat. After processing what was going on, we deciced to move forward with our plan on a natural child birth. 10 hours later little Charlie was born asleep. It was a tragedy i do not wish on my worst enemy. During her labor, we had music playing. We listened to a lot of Railroad Earth. RRE has been one of my favorite bands for a long time, but some of their songs took on a new meaning. At the visitation, i made a CD with several songs including ABB - Blue Sky and Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Duane style
), brokedown palace, and RRE - Storms. Storms has always been a favorite song of ours but has since had even more meaning to my family. About a month ago, my father in law wrote the band an email and got a response. Well, they played Storms the night before so it was off the table, right? well, not so much..
Between the 6th and 7th song of the first set, Todd dedicated the next song to Scott and Laura, and BAM, there is Storms. A beautiful Storms i might add. Between the tears, the hugs from everyone around us, and the amazing venue, it was the most spiritual experence of my life. The fact a band took the time to do something during their biggest show in history, first time headlining Red Rocks, meant more to us than words can tell.
We also had tickets for Boulder the next night. We walked down to the theatre about 3 hours early with my event posters from the previous night in hand. A few guys were chilling out back and asked us if we were looking for autographs. I told them we were and who we were and they let us right back. We got to spend some time with the band before soundcheck and got all of their signatures on our posters. They were as sincere and as nice as anyone could be. They all know who we were which took me back, i am just a guy from Georgia working to make it and going to shows when i can make it. It was just a magical weekend on top of a magical week vacation in the Rockies. If you have never been, do yourself a favor and go and please catch a show at Red Rocks.
I have always been a fan of their music but now i am a fan of the people that makeup Railroad Earth. I emailed their manager today just to say thanks and got an heartfelt response right back and he said he would share my email with the band. I wanted to take the time to share this experence with all of you great people. With all the hate and the this band is better and everything else in the world, it is so amazing to see someone do a selfless act for complete strangers, an act that means more than they will ever know.http://archive.org/details/rre2013-07-12
If you care to hear it, the dedication is at the end of song #6 and Storms is #7.
Aside from that, both shows were completly amazing and i urge anyone to go catch them if they are in your area.