Monday, September 18, 2017

Music Discussions! (I feel accomplished)

After a long battle with code that would not work, I finally got the forum up!
Check out the Forum tab for our monthly music discussions!

This month we're talking about FANSD, next month we're taking about MMHMM, and December's album is still being determined. If you have an album you'd like to discuss, let me know!

Don't blink,
Sarah

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It's Been a While...

Hello friends,

I'm writing today because I have absolutely no idea what to do with the blog. There hasn't really been anything new going on with the band so I haven't been able to update, which makes me sad. There were also a total of zero entries for the meme contest 😢

So, I want to know: what do YOU want to see on this blog? More games, less games? Contests? Or just something as simple as music discussions? Any and all ideas are welcomed. I want to keep writing for this blog as long as I can! I enjoy it so much because you guys are the best.

Lots of love,
Sarah


Saturday, August 26, 2017

BUILD A MEME CONTEST

Here at The Freshest Blog, we like our memes. Especially ones related to Relient K, and that's kind of how this idea was born. (Thanks to Creesbee from the Relient K Discord!)

I've also been wanting to hold another contest/giveaway for a while now, and when this meme idea was proposed, I knew it was a good opportunity to combine the two!

All you have to do is create your own original Relient K meme! Below are some pictures of Matt and Matt to get you started, or if you want, you can create something all your own! When you're done, Tweet it, post it on Instagram, or email it to the freshestblogintheworld@gmail.com! Be sure to tag TFB in your Tweets and Instagram posts!




First place winner gets one of the handmade •|•|• bracelets in their color choice (red, blue, or yellow)

Second place: 50% off the •|•|• bracelet in their color choice

Third place: 25% off the •|•|• bracelet in their color choice

For second and third place winners: the money earned from ALL bracelet sales go back to the blog! I'm hoping to purchase a domain and have some cute TFB pins made to give out!

And so, LET THE MEMES BEGIN! Contest ends September 9th, and as of right now, is only open to US residents






PS: I'd also like to mention that I've started a new blog! It's kind of the sister to this one, and it's all about Switchfoot. So if you like the SF guys, check it out! www.theswitchfootblog.blogspot.com

Don't blink,
Sarah

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Happy Birthday AFF!

❤💙💛

It's kind of hard to imagine that it's already been one year since the release of Air For Free. I vividly remember Mrs. Hippopotamuses' being the first song that played when I gave the album a listen for the first time, and it's now one of my all time favorites from the album.

This time last year I was just beginning to develop a deeper love for Relient K. I considered myself a casual fan, having listened to Collapsible Lung, FANSD, and a handful of songs from the older albums. But this album is what cemented that love for this band. Something about it felt right and resonated with me. It held my hand through some hard times and helped me draw closer to my faith in God.

By August, I'd bought tickets to see them on the Looking For America tour and I kept a daily countdown. Then finally October rolled around. Between the time I bought my tickets and the day of the concert, it hadn't really hit me that I was going to see them play live, until my mom and I arrived at the parking garage. I was fine until I started walking across the street, then the tears hit.

I'm sure in that moment I looked like one of those crazy fangirls, but I didn't even really care. I was so overwhelmed with joy and happiness I didn't know how to react other than cry happy tears!

Music has and always will be an important part in my life. Words through music seem to impact me so much more than if they're just spoken. Music inspires me to create everyday and I'm so thankful for it. I'm thankful for the band, Relient K, and I'm thankful for each and every person who reads this blog. Starting this thing was one of my best decisions yet!

So I just want to ask: what does Air For Free mean to you?

For the past few weeks, I've been asking people to make a little sign with a few words (or none, if you just can't put the feelings into words) that explains what the album means to you. I've had a few people ask, so you have until the end of the month to get them in. Tweet or post them on instagram with the hashtag #AFFBirthdayProject!

I can't wait to see everyone's designs and what they have to say.

Thank you again, Relient K. I can't say how much you mean to me.

- Sarah

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I Believe The Sky Was Made For Me To Touch...


There’s something special about seeing Relient K play outdoors. Singing the lyrics to my favorite songs as the stars appear in the night sky along with 50,000 other people is something I’ll never get tired of. Creation was the first place I ever saw Relient K, the place I fell in love with the lyrics that have comforted me in the happy times and in the dark times, and everywhere between.

2005 was the first time I attended Creation, and the first time I saw Relient K live. Mhmmm had just been released the fall before and it’s safe to say I was obsessed. I was 14, and still to this day that album sticks with me as one who has shaped who I am. Fast forward 12 years. I still listened to RK, but hadn’t seen them live in three or four years, and didn’t listen as much as I used to. I had the opportunity to go to three Looking For America shows, rekindling my love for their music. I got to meet the Matts, Dave, and Jake for the first time at some shows in California, and met some other incredible fans that I’ll never forget. In April I decided to move back to Pennsylvania after living in California for two years, thankfully just in time to join my family at Creation East. My sister Rebekah and I were ecstatic to finally see RK together after the late night calls we’d make to each other raving about how great the LFA shows were. RK’s music is something we’ve really bonded over, so to be able to share the experience with her was awesome.

After not-so-patiently waiting all day and talking our family’s ear off about how excited we were for the show that night we went down to the main arena in the afternoon. We stopped by the merch booth before running into Jake outside and talking to him for a bit. We got to chat about his rad solo project Phangs, his new music video that dropped the next day, and about their crazy journey to get to Creation. If you ever get the chance to chat with him definitely do, he’s a great guy! Afterwards we went down to the stage and watched a couple of bands and the main speaker before RK’s set. By the time they came on we had made our way up to the barricade in front of Jake and Hoopes’ spot after a bunch of people left. The guys were introduced one by one, with Mark Lee Townsend joining them which was super cool! They had a similar set list to the LFA tour (I’ll include it at the bottom for those interested) with a mix of classics and newer songs from AFF. The energy was amazing and they sounded great. M@ talked a bit about how it’s been a while since they performed at Creation, how great it was to be back, and was his usual goofball self. Towards the end he took a book from someone in the crowd (you can read his awesome story on here as well, it’s inspiring and beautiful!) They wrapped up their set with Be My Escape and everyone pretty much went wild. 50,000 people at once screaming the lyrics, and it was a blast. After it was over and the crew came out to break down the set, Rebekah and I yelled and gave Dave some love, which made him laugh and wave.

While the whole show was awesome, there were two songs that really stuck out to me. First was God, which has always been special to me. After a few years away from my church I started to doubt and struggle with my faith. When I heard God for the first time it inspired me to find my way back to God, and has helped me restore my relationship with Him ever since. The second was Look On Up. If you’ve ever been to Creation East, you know it’s in the middle of nowhere. You camp out under the stars, far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. To be able to sing Look On Up with that many people under the stars is an experience I’ll never forget.


If you ever get the chance to attend Creation, do it without hesitation. You’re removed from the world and immersed in music and inspiring speakers for four days and there just aren’t words to describe how awesome it is. You might even fall in love with a band after seeing them for the first time, much like I did after seeing RK all those years ago! Thank you for reading my story, if you’d ever like to talk about RK, Phangs, or life in general I’m always up for making new friends in the RK Family! You can find me at @amberrmoh on twitter or @ambermoh on Instagram! Here are some pictures from the show and the setlist!







Setlist:
High of 75
Bummin’
Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
Forget and Not Slow Down
Sahara
Holy Holy Holy
God
Look On Up
Pressing On/Chapstick
Mood Rings
Sadie Hawkins Dance
Air For Free
Mountaintop
Don’t Blink
Be My Escape

Sunday, July 2, 2017

TAKE THAT BOOK: M@'s Book @ Creation Fest East

Hello you beautiful followers of Relient K,

My name is Nicholas Michael Reeves, who most call Cole. I’m from Middleburg, Florida, a small rural town just southwest of Jacksonville. I am writing for the Freshest Blog In The World to tell you a super rad story that happened at Creation Fest East in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. If you were at the show, or if you watched the live stream that is now on Youtube, you may be asking the questions: Why did the crowd keep chanting, “Take That Book?” What book was this? Who wrote this book? And why?

Well first, I’ll tell you the short scoop of what went down:

I drove 877 miles with a book in hand that I wrote for Matthew Arnold Thiessen. I came to give it to him, to say thank you, to tell him of the profound ways his lyrics, words, and music have shaped and molded the heart that beats within me today. That book was given to him, in front of the 50,000 person audience in the mountains of Pennsylvania, with only two songs left on their setlist. M@ walked to the end of the stage, received it from my hands, and set it atop his piano. He then sang the bridge of Be My Escape with my book wrapped around the microphone. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.

So yeah, that’s the short scoop. But who wants the short scoop? You folks who are reading this most likely love and appreciate the wonderful, esoteric world of RK, and that means you probably love details, and stories, and life, and all the good, beautiful things. So I’m going to tell you all about it: my trip, the show, the book, and the heart behind it all.

3 weeks ago, I was drinking a cup of coffee in my hometown, and I thought, I want to write Matthew Arnold Thiessen a book, and I want to drive to Pennsylvania to give it to him. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted it to entail, or how I wanted to go about it, but I began writing it anyway. On the first page of the book I wrote this:

“I am writing you a letter for so many reasons, the first being to say thank you. The second, to describe to your influence on my heart and my soul. The third, to describe the profound ways you have changed the fabric of my life and my becoming. The fourth, to tell you a story, or actually, many, many stories, that all lead back to one. And the fifth, to hear myself let you hear me.”

So basically, I wrote M@ a book about who I am because of Relient K. Through Relient K, God has gripped my heart, maneuvered me into a walk with Him, and drawn me into a life of His upward calling. I summed it up to M@ like this:

“I believe the Holy Spirit has gripped my heart, maneuvered me in and drawn me to a path of Christ’s upward call through the far-reaching branches of your deeply-rooted writing. I’ve experienced an imprinting on my heart, the truths of the Gospel, the wonders of grace, the miracles of healing, the essentiality of the cross in the frameworks of each distinct part of my life, and an abundance of other things like that as well, through your voice.”

That will be all that I quote from the book I wrote M@. After all, it’s his book, and for him and only him, but I wanted to paint for you the picture:

I wrote Matthew Arnold Thiessen to thank him, to tell him I’m so grateful for his lyrics, his words, and his melodies. To tell him is a hero to me, a role model, a friend, and brother in Christ. To encourage him and portray to him that his writing led some random young kid in the Sunshine State into a deep, intimate relationship with Christ.

I went about telling him this through the lens of the 2009 record Forget and Not Slow Down. I told my testimony throughout each song, citing lyrics from the record, sequentially, that told of my battles and struggles as a Christian, and as a human.

I am a firm believer that this is the most beautiful record ever made by Relient K. Its raw, honest, vulnerable and deep-rooted aura is so unique in the world of music, Christian rock, punk, etc. When I think about FANSD, I think first about the beautiful truth of grace. The record has time and time again allowed me to explore into the parts of me that are supremely broken, and that exploration has led me to a place of understanding God’s healing hand, and his sovereign touch.

I also think about forgiveness, I think about restoration, and I think about a look into a well in the desert, from a lion too recognized by defeat, as he shakes his mane, and overcomes, all in the hands of Christ.

If you’re reading this and you haven’t listened to FANSD (I’d be shocked if that were the case), go listen to FANSD, like right now. It’s way better than this, I promise you. If you’ve listened but not so intently, go challenge the record. It’ll do much more than prove itself to you.

So yeah, that was the scope of the book. It was super long, and I hand wrote it in this book I got from India. It was leather and what not, and it’s pages were crisp. Nothing like fresh paper and a nice expensive pen. Ha.

So then I drove to Pennsylvania. The drive was captivating and mesmerizing. Being from Florida, I never get to see mountains or hear streams flowing through them. By the time I reached Agape farm and watched RK checking the sound, I wanted to move to the great state of PA. It was so very beautiful.

So the show starts, and I am in the front section near the right of the stage, and everyone around me is asking about the book I am holding in my hands. So I told the short scoop that I told above: “I’m from Florida, I wrote M@ a book about how his words has shaped my testimony and my walk with Jesus today.” Everyone thought it was super neat, they were super encouraging, and so kind.

As more and more people began spreading the word about the book I’d written, the conversations about it grew. Before I knew it, people were giving me their front row spots against the railing so that I could get close enough to M@ for him to come get the book.

If you’ve never met an RK crowd, you should know, the RK family is close-knit & sincere, and the environment of there shows is so uniquely cool.

So the show starts, and let me just say, it was A M A Z I N G. It was my 5th time seeing the K Car, and tied with every other time for the best show I’d ever seen. They played a variety of the old goods and the new goods, and I poured all my heart out into that Pennsylvania night, singing loudly along to the RK melodies.

When the 8th song started, a group behind me exclaimed, “Tell M@ you have a book for him!” I had been waving the book and yelling his name between every song, but I was not taking it seriously enough. I was just jamming. So from then on, I really started screaming between every song. Yelling as loud as I could to get his attention. All of a sudden, I had about 50 people screaming along with me. But M@ still could not hear us. After all, the festival was massive, and the lights were probably blinding for those on stage. It was getting discouraging to want to give him the book and him not hear us, but I knew it would all work itself out.

With just 2 songs left, after Mountaintop and Don’t Blink, a group behind me started a chant: “TAKE THAT BOOK! TAKE THAT BOOK! TAKE THAT BOOK!”

I’d say a hundred people joined in, but M@ thought we were singing Jingle Bells. Then Hoopes looks over at him and says something along the lines of “Bro, I think they’re saying, take that book!” And then M@ goes, “Oh, yeah, take that book!” And he runs out to me. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.

When M@ ran out, he bent down to talk to me and said, “This is mine?” “Yes,” I said. “You wrote a book for me?” He was so astounded. “For you, I wrote it for you. It’s my testimony, it’s FANSD, my walk, who I am. Thank you so much, I love you man!” He smiled so big. It was so b e a u t i f u l. As he walked away, I broke down, weeping.

I’d say I wept for a thousand reasons in that one tiny moment that forever changed me as a person.

My dear friend looked at me, and crying, said, “That was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” I asked what was meant by that, and why, and she said, “In that moment you were doing everything you were born to do.”

My gratitude to that line extends further than words could ever say, but here is why that moment meant what it did to me:

I am a person who loves writing, who loves love, who loves pouring my heart into everything I ever find. I love people, I love art, I love honesty and courage and transparency. I love showing gratitude, I love kindness, and I love Jesus.

And in that moment, I got to thank the one person who has taught me so many of those precious things throughout the last seven or eight years.

I finally was able to pour my heart into him, to tell him everything I had always wished to tell him, to recognize as him as being a dear friend, leader, and mentor of mine.

I think many of you know exactly what I am saying and what I mean:

Matthew Arnold Thiessen has reshaped so many of our hearts and souls. He has given the Relient K fan base a new ‘language,’ I call it, to talk and approach the world in a way that is tangible but yet so mysteriously beautiful.

Without him, we wouldn’t know the world we know, and we would not see the world we see, we would’ve never heard music the way we do now, we would not read poetry, or lyrics, the same.

We would not see the moon and think of not photographing it.

We would not see a hospital and think of salvation on a deathbed.

We would not think anything too special when the weather was clear and the high was 75.

We would not know of the music we have always craved that breaks our heart so much for the Lord, but also draws us and pulls us into Him.

We probably would not know the word proverbial.

And there are a million other examples!

And I finally got to thank him for those things, those life-changing, soul-altering things.

So I wept. I wept because I’ll never be the same, and I never was the same, now 0r when I met Relient K through my sister’s car speakers back in 2009.

The RK crowd was so kind to me. I had a family there. Before I knew it, so many people were getting my number, and my Instagram (@nicholasmichaelreeves), and those things. I met people from several states, a wonderful group of men from Brunswick, GA, who I want to start a band with.

I was crying, years worth of tears, and I was being hugged and lifted up and cherished. The people were so beautiful, so sincere, so genuine and real and authentic.

When Be My Escape played, M@ picked up my book from the piano he originally rested it on and sang the bridge through the pages of the words I had written him. I was crying so hard I could not see that that was happening until family around me told me so.

I remember weeping through the second chorus of Don’t Blink. You know, “Hold on, now don’t you blink, or it’s gone.”

That song always reminds me of my great aunt, the most wonderful lady in the world. Though she is growing old and her life is difficult, her heart is seeping with contagious, pure joy. To see her is to watch a sunrise forever. I love her. The lyric from that song, “You’re the only person who reminds me, love is beautiful and true, life is beautiful and new,” has always reminded me of her.

So you can see I was a mess, haha.

When the show ended, M@ ran off the stage with the book I had written him. It was a beautiful sight. (Sorry if I’ve used that word too much — there is no better one to use).

I began walking to my car as I had to begin my 877-mile journey back home.

I drove in silence for a time, taking in the mountains lit fully by fireflies. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

After 15 hours, I made it home. The last 2 hours of the drive, I listened to FANSD, and cried, thanking God for his beautiful orchestration. For making me His, for loving me, and for providing me with such influences like Thiessen & Hoopes & Douglas & Tom Brey.

After the nap I took when I got home, I went and told my aunt the story. The same aunt that has always been the face of the song Don’t Blink for me.

I told her this whole story and I read her the entire book I wrote for M@. I was highly emotional. When I finished, she looked at me and said, “I know exactly how you feel about this, and why you feel that way?”

“How?” I asked.

To which she responded, “Because you’re my Relient K.”

Those words will be on my body on a day when she’s no longer here. I’m sure you can imagine what such words mean to me, what they would mean to any follower of RK.

What I can say from all of this is that I am incredibly grateful for Relient K, for all they have taught me, for their ‘language,’ for their understanding, for their persistence in writing and making beautiful sounds.

I am constantly and eternally changed by Matthew Arnold Thiessen, and that is beautiful to me.

If you are still reading this, I thank you so much. This is so dear to me, and I hope it is for you, too.

Again, my name is Nicholas Michael Reeves, who most call Cole. I’d love to talk with anyone and everyone about Jesus, about RK, about life, about music, about mostly anything.

Find me on IG or email me: nreeves@stetson.edu

With love in Christ,

NMR



P.S. watch the livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkaIGyahfXk

M@ gets the book right after Mountaintop, with about ten minutes left in the video.










Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We're Back + Perfect Gifts for the RK Fan

LONG TIME, NO BLOG! But I'm back! I graduated from high school on Saturday and now I've got a lot more time to get the blog back up and running. I'm planning the podcast, still working on those button packs, and polishing off the professional side of the blog by designing some stationary! As far as Relient K news, there are still a bunch of shirts on sale for $5 on relientk.com, so be sure to snag one if you can! Now, on to today's post...

I know buying gifts for someone can be stressful, especially when you have no idea what to get. So I've compiled this little list of things the Relient K fan in your life is sure to love.



1. Bummin' themed art. Price varies. 
Bummin' by Youu
(from Redbubble user Youu)
This really cute drawing can be made into anything from shirts to post cards, and even phone cases!

Click HERE to shop!



2. Deathbed sound wave art. $35.00 

Deathbead - Relient K Print, Canvas, or Framed Print, Christian Rock Song - Wall Art - Gift Idea
(from Etsy shop VoiceAndSound)

Click HERE to shop!


3. Air For Free bracelet. $7.50

Relient K Air For Free bracelet
(from Etsy shop shop315)

I spotted this bracelet a few months ago when I was online window shopping on Etsy. It's absolutely adorable and I hope to buy one for myself soon!

 Click HERE to shop!



4. High of 75 handwritten wall art. $10.00

HAND WRITTEN PIECE : Relient K

 (from Etsy shop handstolearn)

Click HERE to shop!


5. Be My Escape print. $20.00
Be My Escape Print
(from Etsy shop RivyePrints)

Click HERE to shop!


I hope you found a cool gift idea! Personally, I'd love to buy each of these things. Guess I'll have to save a bit of money up!

Hopefully soon I'll have some fresh new RK news to be reporting to you all, but until then...

Don't blink
- Sarah