Hey Nathaniel Rateliff,
I did not mean to omit,
The words expected of me to write,
after seeing you almost a year ago tonight.
I am really sorry it’s taken me so long,
to get around to writing about the good time,
I had hearing your songs so sublime.
Even tho the concert had me inspired,
I was dealing with the Marshall Fire,
when I was supposed to write my review,
that I owed for getting to see you.
The fire came, all while trying to recover,
from the Pandemic that caused the world to suffer.
Needs our Unity,
We need a lotta healing,
Because many of us are feeling
the setbacks are maddening,
with all that is happening.
So let us extend our comity,
for music that reminds us of our humanity.
All that to say,
we love what you play,
new or old,
You help us feel whole.
A year ago, we got to see the fantastical Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats down in the Rino District at the Mission Ballroom a month after his latest chart-topping album, The Future, was released. It was our first time visiting The Mission, and what a first concert to see: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, one month after debuting his newest album.
Blown away by the music and performance, we had every intention of writing the very best music review we have ever done. But then, a few days later, tragedy struck, and our community was devastated by 1,000 homes being burnt to the ground. We were a week away from heading to the printer with the next edition, forcing us to stop everything and change half the content that had been worked on for months. The following is what we produced in that week:
For the last year, every time we heard The Future (or frankly, any Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats song), a pang of creeping guilt and shame would overtake us. Damn it, that review was still not written.
Instead of trying to write up something about the nuances of the notes, we settled on this poem. We hope you like it, Nathaniel.
Anyone reading this doesn’t need us to tell them to go download the new album. You probably already have — seeing that it has been #2 on the charts.
The “big” music reviewers are calling The Future’ retro, but all we know is it moves our soul just as he has done with each and every album before it. So while this review is late to the game, it’s important to know that the music helped lift us up through this difficult year. But that’s the way their music is, it makes you feel alive even through the pain of life.
Sign up for announcements, get tickets, and of course, buy the album. It will help you dance away your troubles too: https://www.nathanielrateliff.com/tour