Any of my friends could tell you that if there is one thing I enjoy, it is good music. I am passionate about the music I enjoy and I love to share it with people. I’ve been to several amazing concerts, but tonight I walked away down a quiet Cincinnati street after the best concert of my life thus far. And I don’t know how much better a concert could ever be.

This was the first time I’d ever seen Needtobreathe live, though they’ve been my favorite band for a few years now. I loved this band, and I only love them more now. I know everyone has different musical tastes and preferences, and there is so much good music out there (and a lot of really terrible “music” as well), but when you hear/see a band like this play, there’s not much else that compares.

There’s just something about them and their music that I can’t quite put my finger on, but whatever it is sets them apart in so many ways. I’ve come up with a lot of ways to try to express it, but basically it boils to to sincerity, genuineness, and God-given talent.

But what does that have to do with anything?

I think about it like this. A lot of artists these days, namely Christian artists, work their butts off to turn a rock show into worship or worship into a rock show. Needtobreathe manages to do a rock show and worship God at the same time. I’m not saying their stuff is exclusively worship or even necessarily “Christian music” as we think of it. What I am saying is that the genuineness of person and the love and skill for music and message with which they approach the stage is something beautiful (no pun intended; ok, maybe it was). The truth of and zeal for life, yet honest confession of feeble devotion that they portray in their music is so refreshing and pure in the midst of so much music that is glossed-over and empty.

With that in mind, I want to be a Needtobreathe kind of Christian. If my devotion to God is glossed-over, empty, watered down, commercialized, perverted, or a means to something else, it’s pointless. Following Christ should not be about trying to portray myself as someone I’m not. Following Christ should be about being honest about who I am and being humbly, completely amazed and thankful that God is transforming me into someone else, someone who cannot help but pour out an offering of a radically obedient and an abundantly real life.

I don’t know if any of that makes sense or not. It is 2:30 in the morning and sometimes writing when inspired is not the best for making sense. But that’s my heart. If you haven’t listened to anything by Needtobreathe (or Matthew Mayfield, who opened for them tonight), look them up. They’re decent.

-LC