So Kyle and I went to the Firefly Music Festival this year at Dover, DE! We went two years ago for only a single day, but last year they stopped selling single day passes, so we missed out. When the lineup came out this year, we knew we just had to go for it and buy the 4 day pass... and THANK GOODNESS WE DID! I seriously had one of the best weekends of my life at firefly. It was just filled with good company, positive vibes, and GREAT music. We got to Travis Barker's drum solo session an hour early and was honestly like 15 feet from him... unreal. And of course, Kyle just about peed his pants when he saw Blink 182 play. Last time we saw them live was about 6 years ago and we'll see them again in Atlantic City this summer. Mumford and Sons & Florence and the Machine were AMAZING.... gosh they had me in tears.
Firefly was less than week after the tragedy at Orlando and the death of Christina Grimmie, and at first I felt so guilty having such a blast at a time where the world was filled with so much darkness, but after almost every band paid tribute to Orlando and the LGBTQ community, I realized why I was really there. Music is SO powerful - it unites, speaks to, and moves people. There were times when bands dedicated a song and a moment of silence to the tragedies that are going on in this world, and I cried. I cried on more than one occasion actually and I closed my eyes and thanked God for music. At a time when I was filled with so much anger, frustration, sadness, and heartbreak, music brought me a moment of happiness. I hope that at this time of darkness, people see the light. I hope that people remain aware of what's going on in this world, open up to differences, be supportive and helpful to those who mourn, and speak up when needed. Although it may be hard, try to remain fearless in this fearful world we live in.