Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I Believe The Sky Was Made For Me To Touch...


There’s something special about seeing Relient K play outdoors. Singing the lyrics to my favorite songs as the stars appear in the night sky along with 50,000 other people is something I’ll never get tired of. Creation was the first place I ever saw Relient K, the place I fell in love with the lyrics that have comforted me in the happy times and in the dark times, and everywhere between.

2005 was the first time I attended Creation, and the first time I saw Relient K live. Mhmmm had just been released the fall before and it’s safe to say I was obsessed. I was 14, and still to this day that album sticks with me as one who has shaped who I am. Fast forward 12 years. I still listened to RK, but hadn’t seen them live in three or four years, and didn’t listen as much as I used to. I had the opportunity to go to three Looking For America shows, rekindling my love for their music. I got to meet the Matts, Dave, and Jake for the first time at some shows in California, and met some other incredible fans that I’ll never forget. In April I decided to move back to Pennsylvania after living in California for two years, thankfully just in time to join my family at Creation East. My sister Rebekah and I were ecstatic to finally see RK together after the late night calls we’d make to each other raving about how great the LFA shows were. RK’s music is something we’ve really bonded over, so to be able to share the experience with her was awesome.

After not-so-patiently waiting all day and talking our family’s ear off about how excited we were for the show that night we went down to the main arena in the afternoon. We stopped by the merch booth before running into Jake outside and talking to him for a bit. We got to chat about his rad solo project Phangs, his new music video that dropped the next day, and about their crazy journey to get to Creation. If you ever get the chance to chat with him definitely do, he’s a great guy! Afterwards we went down to the stage and watched a couple of bands and the main speaker before RK’s set. By the time they came on we had made our way up to the barricade in front of Jake and Hoopes’ spot after a bunch of people left. The guys were introduced one by one, with Mark Lee Townsend joining them which was super cool! They had a similar set list to the LFA tour (I’ll include it at the bottom for those interested) with a mix of classics and newer songs from AFF. The energy was amazing and they sounded great. M@ talked a bit about how it’s been a while since they performed at Creation, how great it was to be back, and was his usual goofball self. Towards the end he took a book from someone in the crowd (you can read his awesome story on here as well, it’s inspiring and beautiful!) They wrapped up their set with Be My Escape and everyone pretty much went wild. 50,000 people at once screaming the lyrics, and it was a blast. After it was over and the crew came out to break down the set, Rebekah and I yelled and gave Dave some love, which made him laugh and wave.

While the whole show was awesome, there were two songs that really stuck out to me. First was God, which has always been special to me. After a few years away from my church I started to doubt and struggle with my faith. When I heard God for the first time it inspired me to find my way back to God, and has helped me restore my relationship with Him ever since. The second was Look On Up. If you’ve ever been to Creation East, you know it’s in the middle of nowhere. You camp out under the stars, far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. To be able to sing Look On Up with that many people under the stars is an experience I’ll never forget.


If you ever get the chance to attend Creation, do it without hesitation. You’re removed from the world and immersed in music and inspiring speakers for four days and there just aren’t words to describe how awesome it is. You might even fall in love with a band after seeing them for the first time, much like I did after seeing RK all those years ago! Thank you for reading my story, if you’d ever like to talk about RK, Phangs, or life in general I’m always up for making new friends in the RK Family! You can find me at @amberrmoh on twitter or @ambermoh on Instagram! Here are some pictures from the show and the setlist!







Setlist:
High of 75
Bummin’
Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
Forget and Not Slow Down
Sahara
Holy Holy Holy
God
Look On Up
Pressing On/Chapstick
Mood Rings
Sadie Hawkins Dance
Air For Free
Mountaintop
Don’t Blink
Be My Escape

5 comments :

  1. Hi, I was wondering if you possibly knew how to contact Relient K. An email or address or someway? Relient K is my best Friend's FAVORITE band ever and it'd really mean a lot if I could someone get relient K's autograph for my friend. Any ideas?

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  2. I'd appreciate any advice

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    1. Hello there! Unfortunately I do not know of any way to contact them, other than through Twitter/Instagram. I wish I could be more help, but this is the only way I know how. Best of luck! - Sarah

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