A few years ago after watching “Donnie Darko,” I ventured out to find Gary Jules CD with the song, “Mad World.” I finally found it at a local music store which sold used CD’s. A number of songs on that CD reveal quite the story teller. Rob Davis and I re-connected via Facebook and he noted Gary Jules was coming to OKC. The concert would be at the Blue 7.
Tommie enjoys concerts at small venues. I told her of the upcoming visit to OKC by Gary Jules and she asked if we could go. We worked out some details and found time for a “Daddy-Daughter Date.” We both enjoyed the show. She got her picture taken with both Gary Jules and Jim Bianco. We picked up a couple of CD’s and shared a great time.
Often we hear songs and wonder about their origin. Gary often shared what was going on in his life when he wrote a particular song. He noted a time when he was overcoming an injury and became addicted to painkillers and wrote the song, “Pills.” Later he described waking to a siege going on in the area of Los Angeles where he and his wife were raising their son. These stories evoked more intense images as the songs were sung. We could imagine ourselves being in the same predicament and finding the words penned by this English major to be near exact in expressing some of our own feelings.
Tommie and I shared a love for good music and an appreciation for stories. Our own story enriched by a night out together.