Three years ago, I was living in Minneapolis and had quit my job almost a month prior. On a Wednesday that March, I was unemployed in the morning, heard back that I got my next job in the afternoon, and that evening I went to see Jr Jr (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) by myself. It is still one of my favorite days in memory.
But what was so fitting about it was the end to that day. Dancing to Jr Jr in a crowd of strangers, wearing brightly colored shorts and singing along to every word, I knew I was right where I was meant to be. Their latest "Same Dark Places," takes me right back to that moment.
"I know everybody goes to the same dark places," they sing to an upbeat and dancey melody. And like a tried and true formula, when they croon "you always doubt yourself," somehow these men know how to take the dark phrases and make them feel like sunshine.
That morning in March, I didn't know if I was going to get the job - but I had planned to see Jr Jr that night anyway. And like their everlasting optimism, their music is infectious as always.