She was like, “Come here boy, I wanna dance.” Before I said a word, she was takin’ my hand. Spinnin’ me around till it faded out, and she gave me a kiss. And she said, “Play it again, play it again, play it again.”
Anberlin Challenge Day 9: Honestly, how many of their albums have you purchased, not downloaded?
Well, that depends on what you mean by “downloading”. I have not illegally downloaded any of their albums, but I have gotten quite a few off of Itunes and Amazon. So here’s how I got my hands on all their albums:
I downloaded Blueprints, Never Take Friendship Personal, Cites, and Lost Songs from Itunes.
I downloaded Devotion (which includes Vital) from Amazon Mp3.
Now, since we’re being honest, I have to confess: I did not purchase Dark is the Way and New Surrender. I got from my library. Believe it or not, at my library, not only can you check out books, but you can also check out CDs. They happened to have recently added New Surrender on their shelves around the time I started listening to Anberlin, so I checked it out and put it on my Ipod. And then when Dark Is The Way came out, the library managed to get their hands on a copy faster than I could buy one…so I checked it out and put it on my Ipod too. Not completely honest, I know, I know.
So as far as hard copies go, I don’t actually have any physical copies of their albums. But for the record (no pun intended), I do intend on buying a vinyl copy of Vital. That’s why I waited so long to get Vital. I’ve been looking at it forever, but just haven’t had the extra money to do it. The only reason I gave in and downloaded Devotion is because Amazon was offering it for $5, and that was a deal I couldn’t turn down. Ideally, I’d like a vinyl copy of Cities, but apparently they only made a certain amount of copies of those and then never made them again. Hopefully someday I can manage to get my hands on one though. That would be wonderful.
Anberlin Challenge Day 8: Do you believe Anberlin deserves a bigger fan-base?
Actually, to be honest, I don’t know how big the fan-base is. I know they’re not “mainstream” or anything, so I guess it’s fairly small (compared to others), and I just never really realized that. I think they’re a wonderful band, who deserve huge support from their fans! I don’t think the number of fans is what’s really important, but that we support them through and through.
That being said, what I do appreciate about the fan-base is the diversity of it. I mean, really-think about it. All kinds of people listen to Anberlin: guys and girls, Christians and people who aren’t Christian, “tough” guys/girls and pretty boys/preps, people from opposite sides of the world, the girl who wants to be a rock star and the boy who wants to be a doctor, adults and teenagers, tatted-up folks and people who would never think twice about ink, conservatives and liberals, the kid who packs your groceries and your kids’ teacher-the list could go on and on. Bottom line is all kinds of people who have different looks, beliefs, ideas, dreams, and lifestyles love and support Anberlin. And I think that’s beautiful. That all these people who might not agree on everything or even like each other that much can come together through one band’s music.
So do I think Anberlin deserves a bigger fan-base? Well sure. But do I think the fans we have are not enough? Absolutely not. Anberlin has gathered all kinds of people from all over the world, and united them through the power of music. So if you ask me, I think Anberlin has done a pretty good job.