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Save Us Now Tour on Valentine's Day

posted Feb 15, 2013, 8:30 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Feb 16, 2013, 10:00 AM ]

While local restaurants were busy with fancy, romantic dinners and lovey-dovey couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, a few hundred rock fans opted to spend the evening at The Warehouse with Fireflight and Disciple. 

The members of Fireflight wore black-and-white outfits with the symbol from their fourth (and current) studio album, Now, emblazoned on shirt sleeves and jackets. They played a variety of pop-rock songs that highlighted most of their albums, including “Stand Up,” “Ignite,” “You Gave Me a Promise,” “For Those Who Wait,” “Desperate” and “Keeping Me Alive.” In the song “Stay Close,” lead singer Dawn Michele sings, “Stay close, stay close / Light up the night / Save me from the part of me / That’s begging to die.” It’s a powerful song written from the perspective of someone who is struggling with depression; this person is calling out to God to stay close and help him/her. At one point Michele held her Bible and read Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (NIV).Fireflight delivered an excellent show, and they had moms and daughters boogying down together in the crowd. 

Headliners Disciple, fronted by native Tennessean Kevin Young, rocked the house down with their exceptional blend of hard rock and fun. Disciple’s been around since the early ’90s, but has been through extensive member changes; the only constant has been Young. Perhaps it was because the current line-up is fairly new that Disciple only played songs from their more recent albums. They played a few songs from the 2006 album Scars Remain, but the rest of the set was from the two most recent albums, Horseshoes & Handgrenades (2010) and O God Save Us All (2012); This included the songs “Unstoppable,” “Watch it Burn,” “Regime Change” “Once and For All,” and one of my favorites, “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me).” 

About half-way through their set, Young took some time to talk to the crowd about Christianity and having a relationship with God and Christ. What struck me the most was when he compared his relationship with his daughter to God’s relationship with us. “I have a four-year old girl, and I’m getting ready to have another girl,” said Young. “And my daughter, when she was born, you know, before too long she started crawling; before too long after that she started trying to walk. And she fell down a lot. And mom and dad, we were right there every time she fell down to say ‘That’s okay!’ 

“She was crying, upset, ticked-off, madder than anything you’ve ever seen. ‘It’s okay. You can do this. Stand back up and do it again. Let’s go. You can do this.’ 

“There’d be days we’d be trying to get her to talk, and we’d get down on her level and say ‘Dadadada. Mamamama’ And before too long she’d do that. She started sounding like me. But it didn’t happen overnight. It happened because she’s my child. 

“See what I’m saying? She has a relationship with me. Christianity is not a set of rules. Christianity is a relationship with a man. And when you give your life to Jesus Christ you become His child. And you’ll fall down. A lot. He’ll be right there and say ‘It’s okay. Gonna pick you up and you’ll do this again. You’ve got this. You can do this.’ 

“Before long you’re going to conqueror whatever that thing is. You know why? Cause he’s with you. You can conqueror all things through Him. That’s what it’s about. And before too long, he’s going to get down on your level and he’s going to start talking simple stuff and you’re going to start trying to talk like him. And before too long you’re going to start to sound like him. You’re going to start to pick up his accent. You’re going to start to talk like God. Before too long you’re going to start to walk like God. Start to want the things that God would want. Start to do the things that God would do. Start to live the way that God would live. Start to love people the way that God would love people. Start to speak into people’s lives the way that God would speak into people. Instead of judging them, reaching out your hands and loving them the way that God would love people. Why? Not because you belong to a religion. Not because you agree with a set of ideals. But because you have a relationship with God.”

The night ended with Disciple’s encore “Game On.” As long as Young continues to have a passion for sharing God through headbanging-rock music, Disciple will be around for many more years to come.

Fireflight "Desperate" live at The Warehose

Disciple "Unstoppable" live at The Warehouse

Disciple "Dear X (You Don't Own Me)" live at The Warehouse