. tgeorge.net
04/18/2016 at 09:47 PM
Hi everyone! I'm back finally with a 2nd blog post. I was hoping I'd blog more than this, but like I said in my last post, I'd have nothing to blog about since I actually made a blog. But again, let's get started with the basics.

Where I'm at right now: My bedroom
What I'm doing: Listening to The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

A few months ago, a friend of mine had a few people over for drinks. After a few too many, I woke up the next morning with a note in my iPhone reading "Blog about Beliebership." So, here I am. I'm not sure what I wanted myself to actually blog about, but with me attending my 3rd Justin Bieber concert tomorrow, today seemed like a good time to get this knocked out.

So let's go back to where it all began: 2010. It was my senior year of high school and I was 18 years old. I was the typical 18 year old guy, and I hated Justin Bieber, for absolutely no reason. It was just the thing to do. We all hated Bieber. I couldn't even name a song of his, but I knew that I hated him! He was a little younger than us, he was making a lot of money, and all the girls liked him; so we hated him. Until one day it all changed. I wish I knew the exact date, but I don't. I kept hearing this song on the radio that I really liked. It had a really catchy chorus that went "Baby, baby, baby, ohhh" and I was addicted. It wasn't for a few weeks that I decided to find out who sang that song I kept hearing. I remember exactly where I was at that moment. It was in Springfield, IL, and I was on my way home from school, driving East on Sangamon Ave. I stopped at the stop sign at the corner of Sangamon Ave and 8th St (which is now a stop light) and sat there as I shazamed the song on my phone. I was in utter disbelief when I realized this was a Justin Bieber song. I liked a Justin Bieber song. After all these months of trashing Bieber and calling him awful names that my more mature (and politically correct) self wouldn't repeat, I liked a song of his. I just drove home. Confused about life. When I got home I decided to get on YouTube and see if I liked any of his other music... and I did. I tried to figure out what to do about this. I decided to just come out and admit it. I was a Belieber.

I decided to fully embrace my new-found addiction. I told all my friends about it and even bought a Justin Bieber shirt. A friend of mine, named Matt, also bought a matching shirt with me, and we even wore them to school one day, although our school had a "no band shirts" policy (stupid private schools) so Matt got in trouble for his shirt, but luckily I was late to school that day, and Matt informed me, so I wore a hoodie and my shirt went unnoticed. 

Matt and I with our matching Justin Bieber shirts

My Beliebership went on for another 2 years before I decided to see him in concert. So, on October 27, 2012, I saw him in concert for the first time. It was one of the best days of my life. Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen opened for him. Until this day, I had never heard of Cody Simpson, but I'm a big fan of his now, too. (See my 2 favorite Cody Simpson songs here and here, along with his collab with Justin Bieber, here) Carly Rae Jepsen was the other opener, who was big at the time for her hit song "Call Me Maybe."

Nine months later, my best friend Shayna (who was also at the first show) and I drove to Chicago, to see him a 2nd time. July 9, 2013. Justin kind of sounded like he maybe had a cold, so he wasn't as good as the first time, but was still awesome. However, as much as I liked Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen, I liked the openers this time even better. The show started off with Mike Posner, who you probably recognized from his 2010 hit "Cooler than me." Mike Posner (along with Blackbear, who is another of my favorite artists) co-wrote "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber, so this allowed him to land a spot on this leg of Justin's tour. (Mike Posner is another one of my favorite artists - who I met last Summer for the first time!) The 2nd opener was Hot Chelle Rae. Hot Chelle Rae is awesome live and I really want to see them again (listen to my 2 favorite HCR songs here and here.)

Shayna and I after the 1st Justin Bieber concert we attended

Almost 3 years have gone by since then. It's been a rough time for us Beliebers, but the true ones have stuck through it all. (Actually, it's never easy being a straight, male belieber, but it was more difficult during this time.) Between his DUI, him egging his neighbors house, the monkey, a Comedy Central roast, the Jelena breakup, and lots more, it's been a struggle. But watching him come back after all of it has been an extremely rewarding process.

It's been 1,014 days (or 2 years, 9 months, and 9 days) since I've seen him in concert. But tomorrow, that changes. Tomorrow I see Justin for the 3rd time. I'll be with Shayna, again, and this time our other friend, Kayla. It's the moment I've been looking forward to since before he even announced this tour, and it's going to be EPIC!

I'm signing off for now, but I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventure of Beliebership, and I hope this covered everything that not-so-sober Timothy wanted me to cover.

Again, hopefully I'll be back soon!