Some of my good friends, Chuck and Ruth Werth, asked if I would come to the Lost and Found concert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lebanon on Feb. 22 to take photos. Side note: Chuck used to be the pastor there and he also confirmed me. Music, photos and friends? How could I say no?
I remember hearing that band name before, and apparently they had played at the church years ago. I think I’ve also heard them at one of the national youth gatherings. Their voices and music are very unique (they call their music “speedwood”) and full of energy. Michael plays guitar and George plays everything else: piano, drums, half of a recorder and even a slinky.
I drove from Madison with my uncle and his girlfriend and we picked my grandma up on the way. Come to find out my parents were volunteering as ushers there, and my cousin (Jessica – the photographer I’ve mentioned) was coming with a few friends, too. Click here to check out her blog post. I should also note that my cousin and these friends used to be frequent Lost and Found concertgoers. They know the words.
So what brought the band to little ol’ Lebanon? Some generous members of the congregation really wanted them to make a stop on their Farewell Tour. That’s right, after almost 30 years Lost and Found is coming to an end to spend more time with family. Don’t worry – they are making more stops in Wisconsin yet this year. Click here to check out their concert schedule.
Did I also mention that these guys are really witty? They made a church full of many uptight Germans crack up in between their songs. Bravo, Lost and Found. It probably helped that they sprechen sie Deutsch.
Some of the songs sounded familiar, but the one that really made me remember hearing the band before was a slower song called “Baby.” It describes a few lonely people that we all might know from a distance, maybe even ourselves. The refrain is a version of: “And nobody calls her baby, nobody says, ‘I love you so.’ Nobody calls her baby, I guess she’ll never know.” The song starts out slow and sad but gains momentum, ending on a heartwarming note with the lyrics: “But somebody loves those babies. Somebody loves what we can’t see. And if somebody told them, maybe, those babies would be free.” Give it a listen, you’ll be glad you did.
Since I snapped a couple hundred photos during the concert and spent a bit of time close to the front, Michael asked me my name and George made a joke about my “large phone” (read: camera) being the new iPhone 6. It was slightly embarrassing to be called out, but all in jest. Near the end of the concert they played the upbeat song “Slide Girl,” which changes lyrics depending on where they are playing. Kind of like musical Mad Libs. Michael starts the song, picks out a name from the crowd, and then George has to come up with the second part of the verse and make it rhyme. Guess who remembered my name? They also sang about a girl upstairs in the balcony that they identified earlier for wearing a shirt that said “I eat glitter for breakfast.” I don’t know what that means, but the two somehow made the song a lot of fun. Thanks, Lost and Found, that was special. My cousin reminded me she has been waiting forever for her name to be played in that song. Sorry, Jess haha.