Pure joy. That’s what I felt that Thursday morning as I was getting dressed to go to work…as I danced in the hallways of my corporate job…as I trekked to 10th avenue to go see the xx.
This may be a weird place to start, but I will any way. Back in 2010 I had planned to go to Haiti after the earthquake. This would have been my first time going since I was 8 years old. However on the morning of my flight I had a complete emotional breakdown and did not make the flight. The country’s pain and suffering and my Diasporic guilt was just too much. Instead, Chris and I went to Puerto Rico. We needed to get away. I was in a daze for most of the time; incredibly depressed and weak. But what I kept on repeat was the entire “xx” album. Maybe it was the ocean, maybe it was the island, but I slowly grew out of my depression and became head over heels in love with the band that helped me get through it.
So when that Thursday morning finally came, I was elated. Cristina and I knew the show would be amazing, but what happened that night is indescribable. But I’ll try…
They opened with their new song “angel.” The crowd sang in unison. They continued with songs from the debut record and the crowd continued with them. We all danced to the Emo music as if we were at a dance party. Grown men, boys, women…the scene was really beautiful. Halfway through the show Oliver let the crowd know that they were now going to play some new music. It was a treat. Base bumping, pounding, dropping, lights flashing, faces glowing, mouths smiling…we were one.
love, peace, and nappyness,
Fredgy Noël. Writer. Director. Photographer. Dancer. Singer. Lover.
American born, Haitian-raised, and current citizen of New York City. Presently Noël is a writer/director for VH1′s on-air creative department. When she is not working on keeping the music alive on-air, she’s writing about her musical experiences on her “Trill Copy” site.