October 20, 2009

This past week Jon and I were lucky enough to see Have Heart play their final show. I drove a total of eight hours to watch them play for a little over an hour. It was worth the drive to say the least. Not very often does a band comes along that is as special as Have Heart.

I really believe Have Heart will be one of those bands that hardcore kids will be talking about many years from now. I feel like sometime later on in my life someone is gonna say "Wow, you saw Have Heart play live!" Some people might laugh at that idea but not everyone gets it. This band had a lot to say and they said it, and did so in a short period of time, with only two full length albums. Much like how punk kids look up to Operation Ivy as that one band that they wish would get back together, they will be thinking the same for Have Heart.

Roughly 2000 kids packed the house to see Have Heart off. There was a lot of energy in the room. At the beginning of the set someone procured a boogie board and dived into the crowd to literally go crowd "surfing". Kids were literally walking on top of other kids to get to the stage. I can't imagine what it's like to have so many kids reacting in such a way to the music you've made.

Pat Flynn, the singer, became very emotional at times. I remember him being at the verge of tears and unable to sing most of "Brotherly Love", a song off of "Songs to Scream at the Sun" an album that is very much about family. I also distinctly remember a cop shoving kids off the stage during their first song, Pat took him to the side and seemed to plead with him to relax and be understanding. As he spoke to the cop you could see in his eyes how important this was, how 7 years led up to this point, and how he would allow nothing to ruin this last time.

I'm glad I've had the chance to see this band 3 times, and although they won't be playing any more shows, their albums are always there. They serve as a constant reminder that whatever you are today, however you feel, it doesn't have to be that way tomorrow. Have Heart is a band that talked about a lot of things but I think their main goal was to make us realize that we are in control. Everything is a choice, it's up to us to make the right one.

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