Wednesday, September 12, 2012

mumford & sons at red rocks - feeling God in an unexpected place



A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of going with two of my favorite Anthro gals to the Mumford & Sons concert at Red Rocks. We got there super early and pic-nicked while the bands sound checked (AWESOME), snacking on brie & crackers, grapes, salami & provolone wraps, olives and such. Probably the classiest pic-nic that ever was. ;) The girls loved Mumford as much as I did, and I couldn't have asked for better company! 
((and of course we all got matching t-shirts!))


On a more serious note, it was definitely one of the best shows I've ever ever ever been to, second only to both Ray Lamontagne concerts, and I have to admit....apart from the pot smokers and drunks, I'm fairly certain I got a glimpse of Heaven that night. People singing their hearts out. Hands raised. Dancing in the aisles. Confetti flying. Twinkle lights strung across the crowd & the stage. Heavenly. :)

People are sometimes on the fence on how secular music can draw people to Jesus. I'm a firm believer. From the Gospel undertones of the lyrics to the deep bass that pumps through your entire body during a live show, I know I met with Jesus that night. I felt like I was worshipping, no, I know I was worshipping...

He pours out his heart in his lyrics and shows is flaws openly. He gives glory where glory is due. That's definitely more worship & gospel-filled than any song I've heard on cheesy Christian radio lately. I SO appreciate flawed and broken lyrics that reveal the heart of the writer, which also often reveals the heart of our Creator that draws us in with open arms no matter how broken & jacked up we are. 

There are rumors and such of the fellas in the band being believers. I mean, after all, Marcus Mumford's  father is a pastor of a church. All I know is that they have written some of the best worship-filled songs I've ever heard. They broke my heart, drew me in, and pointed me to Jesus.


I know I tried. I was not stable. Flawed by pride. So hold my hands up - breathe in, breathe out. 

In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die.
Where you invest your love, you invest your life.
Awake my soul, awake my soul, AWAKE MY SOUL.
You were made to meet your Maker.

Love - it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you FREE

It seems that all my bridges have been burned,
but You say that's exactly how this grace thing works.
It's not the long walk home that will change this heart,
but the welcome I receive with the restart.

Here's a taste of the concert that night. 

How have you specifically felt God lately? Did you see or feel Him in a place you weren't expecting?



love.



26 comments:

  1. I love this post. Never thought of feeling God in such a setting as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. But this is amazing. I had some friends that went to that concert, as we are in Northern Colorado... Your post has put me into thought. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I totally agree with everything you said! I remember several years ago when I had this same type of worshipful experience listening to Sigur Ros. I did not even know the words or what they were saying, but the music awoke my spirit and I was able to express the emotions in my heart to the Lord. Since then, my view of "worship" has changed! Mumford is another one of those bands that always does this same thing. I hope someday to see them in concert!

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    1. we LOVE sigur ros, and walked down the aisle to "hoppipola." i loved having their music mixed in with modernized hymns, as I agree, their music totally awakes our senses and souls.

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    2. woah. I literally JUST tweeted Kim about this same thing, Erin! I also attended a Sigur Ros show and have never in my life experienced anything like that before. The entire show was filled with so many emotions...and like you said, I didn't know the words or what they were saying half the time, but my goodness, it certainly did something to my spirit.

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  3. Thank you! I feel most of the time that I shave to "hide" the fact that I like/listen yo secular music and I feel that "churchy" folk look down ion you because..gasp...you listen to WHAT!..I see MY SAVIOR everywhere in everything! After all...He made it ALL its our choice to glorify Him or curse Him with it! Thank you!!!!

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  4. Thank you! I feel most of the time that I shave to "hide" the fact that I like/listen yo secular music and I feel that "churchy" folk look down ion you because..gasp...you listen to WHAT!..I see MY SAVIOR everywhere in everything! After all...He made it ALL its our choice to glorify Him or curse Him with it! Thank you!!!!

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    1. oh those religious people ;) they'll knock ya down every time! haha

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  5. there are no words for how much I love this post and I could not agree with you more about......everything you said. God is everywhere and in everything. Mumford & Sons lyrics have touched me on a deep spiritual level from the very beginning.

    The biggest problem that I have with this post is the INSANE jealousy I felt as I was reading...not only that you saw them in concert, but that you saw them at RedRocks. UGH.:-D

    Blessed by your post, Kim! XO

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  6. Beautiful post. Mumford & Sons have helped me through my hardest times in my life. Their words aren't just words to me. I don't have much of a bucket list but my top thing on it would be to see them in Concert and i just want to hug them and tell them how much their music has helped me. I'm so sad I couldn't make it to the one in SLC but so excited for their new album coming out!
    You are adorable and thanks for posting!

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  7. What a wonderful concert to go to! My husband and I would love to go to one of their concerts!! :) Have a great day! xo Holly

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  8. loving this! thank you! one of the best sermons i ever heard was a reminder to view EVERYONE as created in the image of God! what do you see in them that reflects the image of our creator? of course they still need Christ's redemption & adoption as His child but to look for God's image in anyone helps me love better. we are flawed and incapable but we are all His image bearers! you show that here.

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  9. I love this post so much! I often feel a stronger connection to God through Mumford and Sons lyrics over many Christian artist's songs. Mumford's lyrics are open, honest and raw - characteristics that the modern day church could use more of.

    The concert looks absolutely amazing and beautiful! I just HAVE to see them in concert one of these days.

    Have a great day!

    Brittany
    secondhandsolace.blogspot.com

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  10. What a beautiful post. And what a lucky girl you got to see one of my favorite bands. :)

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  11. I saw them in ATL last summer!!! And it was by far the best concert I have ever been to. I had goosebumps the entire time. How amazing is their new song I Will Wait? Love the lyrics. So awesome you got to go!!!

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  12. I love this post! It's so true and so silly that people sometimes write things off simply due to the way they're labeled. I LOVE talking about some of my favorite rap lyrics (written by lyrical geniuses like Tupac and Gift of Gab) when I hear people say judgy things about the merits of hip-hop. I'm so glad you got to be there that night and that it was so so good!

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  13. Marcus's Dad is lead Pastor at a church here in the UK - I've never been to a Mumford gig but I want to go (so badly lol). I posted some lyrics (I will Wait) yesterday and my friend from church was like "I love that song - Marc (Youth leader/band member) posted that same big earlier this week" Awesome!

    They are playing a live set for a national radio station here in a couple of weeks - I entered for tickets but only 30% are awarded to people outside of London so i don't think I'll win but i guess it's the taking part that counts and I can always listen on the radio intently lol.

    The video I've been watching of I Will Wait was recorded at Red Rocks!!!! How cool!

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  14. Love!! I've been learning not to look at things in the "secular" vs "religious" sphere. It's all God's right? And we can give glory to him if we're working "secular" jobs, or singing "secular" music! Love that!

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  15. Kim - We were at Red Rock several years ago at an Up With People concert and it was fabulous. The surroundings would inspire anyone I would think. Especially after it got dark - just to look around and see God's handiwork!!

    Judy

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  16. What a lovely post and I can totally understand this feeling. Just celebrating anything with a group of people can make you feel united together as one. Sometimes I too am surprised at where I find Jesus. I wish I could have been there! =)

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  17. YES. Their new song- pure worship. We were trying to figure out if we did it as a special at church if anyone would realize it was them! The concert sounds like a beautiful experience.

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  18. What fun! They are a great band! I look forward to seeing them one day! Thanks for sharing! xo Heather

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  19. Read your post in agreement. I recently went to the Avett Brothers concert at Red Rocks - and there too - I felt Jesus!

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  20. Amen amen. I love this post and I love that you think this about Mumford. I totally agree! xoxo

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  21. Hi, I'm a new follower. I'm a high school friend of one of the girls you recently featured (Bonjour Victoria), and that's how I found out about you.

    I love this post so much. I've heard a lot about Mumford & Sons but never listened to their music personally. I'm about to when I finish typing this comment though.

    Have you ever heard of Between the Trees? They're a band that I feel the same way about - that I meet Jesus in their songs, even if they don't openly proclaim it in a song classified as "Gospel" or "Worship" music. The Way She Feels is one of my favorites of theirs. And White Lines and Red Lights. Anyway, just thought I would share that.

    I'm excited to be a new follower!

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  22. Beautiful beautiful post Kim. God had most definitely spoken to me through secular music, in big ways. Music has always been a bog part of my life.. It makes me feel alive. It's even better when I'm able to connect with the words. It is such a beautiful, magical gift from our Maker! I need to visit Red Rocks one day.. Amazing!!

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  23. YES. YES. YES. i listen to mostly (almost all) secular music. but to me, it is what i take out of the music, and what i feel. one of my favorites is ben harper. he has a soul to his songs, and while watching him in concert at deer creek (indiana), there was a song called Amen Omen that he performed. the crowd was chanting it, and he was singing, and there wasn't even any musical instruments but our voices. and i wept, because i felt so incredibly close to God at that moment. He is everywhere. :) thanks for sharing.

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