This past Tuesday I was lucky enough to see Matisyahu live for the first time. Matis is a rapping, Reggae musician that I have been a fan of for a very long time. My mother surprised me with a whole bunch of cd’s for my birthday one year, and “Youth” was one of them. It was so refreshing to hear something that wasn’t the usual country, or praise and worship that I had become so used too. But eventually, bands like My Chemical Romance, The Offsprings, and of course Linkin Park, engulfed most of my time. I began to stray from Reggae, and instead ran to the arms of Alternative Punk Rock.
About 3 months ago I was at my sister’s house in Pensacola. We were just walking around talking with, I believe it was VH1, playing in the background when all of a sudden, I heard it. It was a familiar voice singing an unfamiliar song. The song was “Sunshine”. I found the tv that was emitting this beautiful song and was literally floored by what I saw. That was the first time I had seen Matis’, “new look”.
So cute! After the song had finished, I instantly went out and bought Spark Seeker. The track “Crossroads” is without a doubt my favorite, but the video for “Sunshine” makes me tear up. Overall, I love this album. I think I fell so hard for this album because it was not only a symbol of change (for me), but also old times- my “youth”.
I seen Matis a couple hours before the concert. We were out walking around and I seen him sitting down on a set of stairs. He had his shirt off, was really sweaty and winded. (He had clearly just got done working out.) He looked straight at me when I had him, and I just instantly said “Hey, looking forward to tonight”. He just smiled at me, gave a little nod and I just kept walking. (Didn’t want to keep him.)
There was a photographer standing to my right during the concert. Her name is Destiny, and the above photo’s were taken by her. Be sure to check out ThePeir.org for more of her photo’s. (Is also a great site for fans to stay up to date on everything Reggae.) Go check it out! ~Shay