I don’t know if there’s really a band that’s influenced me more than Dave Matthews Band. It was the first band I really became obsessed with. During high school I would drive around in my little white Ford Escort playing cassette tapes of DMB songs that my friends I would make and pass around. I have so many great memories of driving around Eugene with the windows down and Dave blasting out of the pathetic little speakers. Memories don’t get much better than that…
I saw DMB for the first time in 1999 with my friend Echo (turns out Jesse was at the concert that day too… we would meet about 2 years later). I felt like such a grown-up going to a big concert of the band that I loved more than anything. Fun times.
My obsession lasted quite a while. I had posters during college, went to see many, many shows. One day, one fateful day, at the Gorge in Washington, I met Dave Matthews. Yeah, you read that right. I’m kind of a big deal. Not only did I meet him, but he signed my shirt. Not only did he sign my shirt, but he also drew a man smoking a joint on said shirt. That’s right.
If you watch the following video you will see the aforementioned white Ford Escort (and subsequently hear my friend and me scream) around the 2:49 minute mark. You will also see various bits of my head and face in the foreground from 3:32- 3:48.
I still listen to DMB from time to time, but I’m not nearly as obsessed as I was during high school and college. I still love the music and the memories it brings up for me.