Bon Iver Concert


We stood with thousands and sang at the top of our lungs. The floor shook and the dark room was illuminated with camera phones, kinda like lighters from the 80s adhering to a safety code. An auditorium filled with strangers just an hour before morphed into a time and place when we connected. With Bon Iver.

For me, the first connection happened on my computer. Like most things in life these days. I became obsessed with their music and the edgy folk quality to Justin Vernon’s voice. If I was being honest, it was his voice (and the Fleet Foxes station on Pandora) that helped me through some crazy times this year.

So I sang. With Bon Iver. With JD. With thousands of strangers because–in that moment–life stood still. And I? I felt invincible.

We actually had reservations at a restaurant in Los Angeles, but traffic was so bad we pulled off in Costa Mesa and ate at Ortica. And while it doesn’t seem like a big deal, THIS IS THE STORY OF OUR LIVES. We make plans, and then we change them because life never works the way we plan. In fact, we made plans for our anniversary next week and–after changing them three times–simply decided we’ll celebrate our anniversary once we get time for ourselves. After looking at our calendar, we ain’t celebrating until December. But that’s okay. JD planned a month of small celebrations (like concerts, wine tasting, and buying a NRFB retro-inspired dress) to ensure we know we’re exactly where we want to be. Together.

En route to the concert, JD asked where we were headed. Ford Theater, I responded. He asked if I was sure it wasn’t at Universal Amphitheater. He bought the tickets and was certain it was at Universal. I shook my head and said FORDFORDFORD. JD asked if I brought a jacket because the Ford is outdoors and my body temperature is that of an amphibian. I, of course, forgot a jacket. I begged him to pull off the Hollywood freeway at stop at a CVS pharmacy for a blanket. Because pharmacies don’t sell blankets (who knew?!), I’m now the owner of a $26.99 velour jumpsuit. With rhinestones at the collar.
Oh, and here’s the best part: we arrived at Ford and it was completely empty. Not a car in sight.
We made our way to the Universal Amphitheater and I peeled off my jumpsuit.
And then we sang…

Here’s to ever-changing plans, singing out loud, and velour jumpsuits…happy Thursday, y’all…

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  1. Christy

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I love this post! It is so true… roll with the punches, as they say! 🙂 Also, I LOVE your shoes in that top photo! Gorge!

  2. Joy Damm

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    oh, goodness! i love this! so the moral to the story…JD is right? haha. 🙂

    Glad you guys had a great night.

  3. Sabrina Nicole

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Ya’ll art too cute and Bon Iver is pretty great! I’m going to a Journey concert tonight & can’t wait. p.s. I hope we get to see a pic of your new awesome jumpsuit!

  4. LaRissa

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Sounds exactly like something I would do 🙂 Happy Anniversary!

  5. Gwen

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I die!!! Bon Iver is my favorite!!! Love the last shot…Is it with the 50mm?

  6. Keaton

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I have ALWAYS wanted to see him live. I bet is was magnificent. 🙂


    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    You are too cute! LOL! Love that dress and the shoes…and the bag (we’ve discussed my fasciation w/ those lol). Very cool..and thanks for the intro to Bon Iver…will definitely check them out. Life…sure does bring some interesting turns doesn’t it? =)

  8. Linsey Wilt

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    As always, adorable!!!

  9. Rachel Tatem

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love the way you told this story… it sounds like a great night!

  10. Jacqui

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I thought there’d be a million comments on this already .I’m sure there will be soon, just had to say that I loved this ,love your skill in writing and your zest for life
    , keep loving each other ,keep loving your life!!

  11. kimberly butler

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    i love your life! it sounds so much fun and carefree. just "go with the flow" i would have gone crazy!

  12. Chris

    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve been hearing lots about these guys recently, I think I’ll have to check them out. It was just the other day Todd (from posted some shots of them.

  13. Gail

    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    First off—JD, props to you. That dress? Amazing.

    Second—please tell me Justin ended it with "Wolves"? Because, if yours was anything like our show in Indy, there was nothing I’d trade for that moment of everyone in the audience—in unison and harmony—crooning along, over and over to the lyrics "What might have been lost….."

    Who needs drugs when concerts give you the best kind of high? 😉

  14. Manya Keseloff

    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!!

  15. Regina Chayer

    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Makes me think of Lennon " Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans".

  16. Tracy Martin

    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Dang… I so love Bon Iver. And since I don’t pay attention to concerts going on I only just looked and saw that they are playing in Berkeley tonight but it is sold out…. Next time.

  17. Christina Dely

    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Awww I really love this post 🙂 You two are just so sweet! I hope you had a wonderful time at the concert!

  18. rich

    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    love the story! you guys really know how to enjoy life’s moments =)

  19. Jason+Gina 

    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Great pic! Love that spotlight on just him.

  20. Suzy G

    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I love lifes imperfect perfect memories. The beauty of the unexpected makes life all the more special. I am so glad you both take it in stride and enjoy every step along the way. Beautiful post.

  21. Brianna

    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    If you would have consulted me, things would have gone much smoother. I’m almost insulted.

  22. Life with Kaishon

    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I LOVE your dress.
    And those shoes!
    Get out of the city with your gorgeousness. Seriously.
    Get out of the city ; ).

  23. ala cortez

    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    ummmm…you guys are way cute and fashionable!!

  24. RBecca

    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    For Emma, Forever Ago has been the soundtrack to my ups and downs. Haunting, but also just an amazing listening.

  25. Sarah

    September 23rd, 2011 at 12:50 am

    You make me crack up with the funny stories about your life!

  26. Chris Sansom

    September 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    What a beautiful band to see on any date. Fantastic music, always a great blog to read!

  27. Alexis

    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Aww. Sweet story! 🙂

    Have a good day!

  28. Jenelle Sewell

    September 23rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Very sweet, Jasmine. Happy Anniversary (Love ‘Winter Hymnal’ by Fleet Foxes)

  29. Tina

    September 23rd, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Love the photo of you. So classic!

  30. Lindsey

    September 23rd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    OMGeeee you are hysterical!

  31. Lupe Juarez

    September 24th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    This post just made my day! Thanks Jazmin<33

  32. Melissa

    September 24th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Hillarious story, sounds just like my husband and I. I just saw an informercial for one of those velour jumpsuits and couldn’t stop laughing… You’re one lucky girl to own one. You are an writer… and photographer.