Friday, August 19, 2011

NEEDTOBREATHE

We're in. It's all in. Thanks to the help of more than a dozen people, everything was moved in 3 hours flat. We are all loving our new place. The yard, the space, the being able to play our music as loud as we want. LOVE it.

We have been blasting NEEDTOBREATHE this week and Sylas sings his heart out reminiscing about our fabulous time in Chicago. 

I am struggling with how to adequately express our gratitude for everything that took place AND how to write about it without it becoming a book. 

Are you ready for a ton of pictures?

We picked up our tickets at Will Call at around 6 p.m. and were delighted to also find 3 meet and greet passes in the envelope. There was a little note from NTB's tour manager telling us to meet at the "West Gate" at 8:25 p.m. I thought it a strange time as the guys were playing from 7:25 to 8 p.m. and then Taylor Swift was starting at 8:30 p.m. We honestly don't know any of Taylor's music, but wouldn't other people be wanting to get back into the arena to see her? 

Come to find out it was a private meet and greet for JUST SYLAS!!!!

I've never seen our son so nervous. He was starstruck and could barely speak. The guys were great though, getting down on his level and setting him at ease. 









All four of the guys were so genuine, asking Sylas questions about music and his favorite instrument. Of course drums. We had been chatting for about 10 minutes when Joe (the drummer) stepped out of the room. He came back with the head of the snare drum and all of the guys had signed it for Sylas. 



After Sy's initial shock wore off, he started chatting a bit more and was asking Bear about the new record and which guitars were played and the name of the album, etc. I was so proud. We spent about 15 minutes with them and I know it's something that is going to stick with Sylas for a long time.


We then headed back into the show and shortly after Seth joined us. After that I think Sylas forgot about Ryan and me. 


Towards the end of the show, Seth took Sylas RIGHT DOWN by the stage. I think every member of Taylor Swift's band waved to Sylas. One of the guitar players even handed him his guitar pick. And right after Taylor's last song, she leaned down and handed Sylas her very own guitar pick. 

Sylas is now a Taylor Swift fan. 


 We didn't get back to our hotel room until midnight and sweet little Sylas just laid in his bed staring at the ceiling for at least 15 minutes. 

It was a magical night. One we will never forget.

This photo didn't really turn out, but I had to share as this is how Sylas looked for most of the evening.



Thank you NEEDTOBREATHE for being so incredible. We look forward to your new album coming out in September. [Check out their site to listen to a couple of their new songs.]

AND we have an extra copy of their album "The Outsiders" to give away. If you'd like, please leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner via random.org sometime on Wednesday, August 24. Giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. 

45 comments:

  1. Oh. What an awesome night! This post made me cry! Such a magical experience for Sylas!

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  2. what an amazing night! sylas is too darn cute in these pictures-so star struck and excited :)

    makes me love needtobreathe even more! i can't wait till their new cd comes out!

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  3. I am smiling ear to ear! What memory you all won't ever forget!

    P.S. Glad you all are in your new house. :)

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  4. Love the pictures! Looks like it was wonderful. I am a fan now!

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  5. That's such a fantastic thing to do for anyone, let alone Sylas. I'm sure he'll be talking about it for months on end. :)

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  6. Wow! I don't think there's more I can say - these pictures are so beautiful - what an amazing gift for your little fighter!

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  7. I can't get enough of this beautiful story! :)
    <3

    Heather (phisig_21@yahoo.com)

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  8. that is soooooo very cool that the band did that for him. That is the most memorable experience he will remember for the rest of his life.. Take care and can not wait to see more..

    Melissa K..

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  9. Maybe you *should* write a book... Seriously.

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  10. I wanted to cry just looking at his face and all his excitement. I'm not sure what they sing, although I'm really bad at knowing who sings what (so I may know some of their songs). I'm going to go over to their sight to listen to their music now. They've already made me into a fan just hearing about all they've done for your family. :)

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  11. What an amazing experience for all of you!

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  12. Beautiful pics, beautiful post! What an amazing time you had! And I love the bit at the end about Sylas just lying there staring at the ceiling for the last 15 minutes!:) So glad you guys are settling in your new place before you wee boy arrives. xoxo

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  13. Love the look on Sylas' face in the last picture!

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  14. I'm glad you guys had such a good time. Sylas looks so grown-up now, and so happy!

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  15. Incredible. Simply incredible.

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  16. NTB is so inspiring!!! and so is your blog! amazing story on an amazing blog.... i just love it :)

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  17. This post makes me miss you and your lovely family SOOOO much! Of course I would love to own the CD of a band with such a lovely heart...for a little boy I love!

    Let's talk soon,
    Noemi

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  18. What a fantastic evening! So thankful for people who take time to love on kids!

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  19. That is so awesome! What a blessing! My husband and I LOVE Need To Breathe but we don't have the money to buy their lastest cd. Our 5 year anniversary is on September 2nd and I remember listening to NTB on our past anniversaries. I would love to win this giveaway!

    mmosey24@gmail.com

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  20. Love it, your pictures speak a thousand words.....would love a chance to win the album, thanks!

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  21. I have never heard of NTB, but because of your last few posts about them and Sylas...I am already a fan. I need to go get their album. How awesome!!

    Tracey

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  22. so lovely... i've very much enjoyed following your adventures, brianna. i'm sure you'll all enjoy having more space too! jessica

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  23. I love seeing bands that really live the message they sing about! Thank you for the encouragement!

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  24. So Awesome!! I love that kid and can't wait to see ya'll NEXT weekend!!

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  25. Wow... What a wonderful time for such a beautiful boy! Congratulations! Memories for a lifetime!

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  26. It sounds like a wonderful time! I am sure that he will remember that night with fond memories :)
    Sara T.

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  27. :o) This just makes me smile. With tears in my eyes. Love this band already, this just makes me love them more. And Sylas - he is so adorable. I love his expressions!

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  28. I remember seeing on the news when Sylas was born but I only recently found your blog. My 3 year old daughter has had glasses for 2 years now, so i just melt when I see another little one with glasses! What a special night with NTB for Sylas and you two as well!

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  29. I have to admit that I hadn't even heard of NTB before you started posting about them. I have to admit that I'm quite impressed with the way that they admire and respect Sylas for who he is and for the battles that he faces every day. They just might have their newest fan! I'm glad that your family was able to have this incredible experience! I'm sure that it will stay with all of you for the rest of your lives.

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  30. I haven't even heard of NTB before this blog, so thank you for introducing me and being so generous for doing a give-a-way.!

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  32. Oops! didn't mean for it to be anonymous!....

    Beautiful story!

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  33. What an amazing night! A great band showing that they are truly human and haven't lost touch with the real world!!

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  34. Who wouldn't LOVE Sylas?! Amazing to hear how he is inspiring people everywhere. Aidan and Harper love watching the video of him laughing - his joy is contagious!

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  35. That is awesome! I'm jealous of little Sylas!! Way to go!

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  36. Bri, just reading this brought tears to my eyes. How awesome are they?? Sylas has captured so many of our hearts around home and it is wonderful to know that he's done the same for the music world as well. Love you guys!!

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  37. Y'all are so special and amazing - so glad Sylas and his family got a night of well-deserved special treatment. Besides being a huge Sylas fan, I'm now a big NTB fan!!

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  38. Awesome pictures, such a great post!

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  39. Wow! What an awesome experience for Sylas and your family. I bet he'll be talking about this for YEARS to come :) What an amazing little guy~looks like he is having so much fun with the guys & Seth in the pictures (sooo cute)! His smile is contagious :) Also, Congrats on your new Home. Looking forward to reading more of your blog in the future!

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  40. Thank you so much for sharing this very special heart warming experience with the rest of us! NTB is a very special band, and has blessed us all so much with their music. It's so good your son and your family have been touched in a very special way by them. God bless you and take care!

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  41. what a beautiful story! I cried. Those Needtobreathe boys sure are amazing, they are the best most down to earth men I've ever met! Im so glad Sylas got to hang out with them, and seth is just amazing for taking him under his wing for the night! sylas, you truly are blessed :) keep me posted on how Sylas is doing :) Love, melissa

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  42. Beautiful story and pictures that tell it. stories like this make you well up with thankfulness in blessing of others.

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  43. Wow. I just posted about seeing NEEDTOBREATHE and someone directed me here. Let me just say that I am floored. What a sweet story. I love them even more now. What a special night!

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