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The Mountain Goats for me have been an integral part of my life in these last 5 years. John's lyrics are not only relatable but they reach right into my soul and illuminate the darkest parts. I've seen the band in concert 3 times now, gone to see John speak once as an author, and I've even had the pleasure of meeting John once. Last night's show is far and away one of the top concerts I've ever been to. First it's true what they say Meow Wolf besides Red Rocks is one of the best concert venues and I've been fortunate to see a show at it. John has been called by many music critics one of the best if not the best song writer making music today. His songs are usually autobiographical on some level which I believe is part of what makes them so relatable to their audience. These songs have given me a friend to lean on during some of the darkest moments of my life. Last night John played a song and said he had written it for his Mother in law who had cancer. I was shook as a few tears streamed down my face. This last year has been a battle for me emotionally. I lost one of my best friends last December, fell in love and got my heart broken for the first time, my mom got diagnosed with cancer (thankfully she is kicking cancers ass), had a few of my own health concerns, my Hedgie passed away this summer, and I had some students last year who needed more from me then I was emotionally available to give them. Throughout the year John's anthem played on repeat in my head, "I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me". I truly believe in the power of music to save people. It's saved me so many times and I come back time and time again, "if you ever get lonely just go to the record store and visit your friends". All this to say, go to concerts my friends, take mental health days off of work and fill your soul with things that illuminate your darkness, date yourself every single day, and remember that right around the corner there is always something positive if you keep exploring the labyrinth that is life