I was dating a guy named Anthony for a bit back in '06 or '07 and I remember him telling me about some band called Kings Of Leon. I remember him saying they were like a group of brothers and a cousin and that I should check them out because he thought that I'd really be into them. Eventually I forgot the name of the band but when "Sex on Fire" came out, I was like, "Oh yeah. That's the band Anthony told me about." And just like he had said those years before, I did end up really liking them. But it wasn't until May of this year that they finally solidified their spot as Favorite band in my eyes. And all because of a little documentary on Netflix called "Talihina Sky". Their background really spoke to me and although I don't know what it's like to grow up in a religious family, I do know what it feels like to be dirt poor. The movie cuts between their past and how they got started and gearing up for a family reunion that takes place essentially in the woods. There's a point where one of their family members says something along the lines of, "They're not here to play. They don't even bring their guitars when they come. They're here to be around family." Getting back to nature, staying in little wood shacks for a week, drinking beer, playing cards and horseshoes, swimming in the creek, telling stories. It's about family and coming together as equals without the sterotype of being rock stars. They're not Kings of Leon there, although some of the family members talk about how they've wanted to go to a show but couldn't. They're just Caleb, Nate, Jared, and Matt.
That's something I can get behind.
Happy Saturday Bears!