Send in the Congregation Excerpt

Last fall, I was asked to provide my story about the band and what they mean to me for a book called   Send in the Congregation 2,   which was put together by another Foo Fighter fan, Rachel Gillaver.  As you can imagine, I was ecstatic about this opportunity. I highly suggest picking up a copy of this book on Amazon right away.  Reading about other fans personal stories relating to the band was an awesome experience and I'm grateful I was able to provide my own  Without further or do, here is my excerpt.      My father actually introduced me to the band. When I was young, he used to make these mixtapes with current popular music for the family to listen to. The year   Colour and the Shape   came out, many songs from that album made appearances on these mixes. I’ve always been a huge fan, mainly because I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock as a result of my dad having kept all of his old vinyl from his teenage years back in the 70’s and 80’s. Growing up in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, I felt the Foo Fighters were my generation’s classic rock band. I was immediately drawn to their music because it sounded like what I was hearing around the house, but they were current. They were unlike all the bubblegum pop boy bands my friends were listening to, and I loved that.    Everlong   was the first song I heard. As mentioned before, my dad used to make these mixtapes for the family to listen to. We were on a road trip to visit my grandparents in Redding, CA, roughly a three-hour drive from Napa. My mother and sister were both fast asleep, my dad focused on the road and I sitting restless in the back just waiting to get out of the car. All of a sudden the chilling sound of a drop D power chord ran through the speakers and hit me like a bullet. Next thing I hear are these thunderous drums that sounded unlike anything I had ever heard before. I was hooked. That was the moment I not only became a Foo Fighters fan, but I also began my love affair with rock n’ roll music that would take me on the amazing journey to becoming a rock musician myself.    One By One   was the first album I bought, which happens to be my favourite album from their body of work.    The Foo’s mean absolutely everything to me. I owe everything to them. I picked up a guitar because of   Everlong  . I started touring independently because of the   Sonic Highways   docuseries. I started writing country-rock music because of Shifty’s solo work. I could go on and on, but the point it is… I would not be the person I am without the influence of their music. I’ve seen them live many times. Sacramento twice, San Jose, Mountain View, Nashville, Austin, Kansas City, Napa, and I’m currently planning on seeing them in Dublin, Ireland this summer.    In 2017, the Foo Fighters announced the would be headlining the BottleRock Festival in my hometown of Napa, California. I’m beyond excited. I’m even more excited when I find out Chris Shiflett is playing a solo set with his band the day before the Foo’s are scheduled to play. I drag my sister and father to go see him on that day, and we decide to check out the merch booth while we have some down time before his set starts. Amongst all of the Foo Fighters merch available, there is a shirt in the corner with Shifty’s   “Walking the Floor”   podcast logo on it. My dad talks me into buying that shirt rather than a piece of Foo merch because I’ve already collected a stack of Foo Fighter t shirts to last me a lifetime.    Fast forward to March 2018 and I’ve made it out to Austin, Texas to see the Foo Fighters play at the Austin 360 Ampitheatre with one of my best friends, Caroline, who was living in the area at that time. Once again, I discover Shifty is playing a solo set the night before the big Foo show. I’m ecstatic to add this show to my trip’s itinerary, and I eagerly wear the podcast t shirt to honor the occasion. We wait outside the venue, The Continental Club, and a stranger approaches us. “This is really weird and random, but your shirt is super cool. Do you mind if I take a picture of you in that shirt?” he says looking directly at me. “Sure!” I say posing for a photo I wasn’t one hundred positive I should be consenting to. He politely says thank you and we continue on our separate ways for the evening. Moments after Shifty’s band tears off the roof of the completely packed Continental Club, the crowd lines up to take pictures and meet Shifty. Caroline and I hectically find our way in the line and wait (not so) patiently for our turn. Finally, I’m next to meet him. I’m so nervous I can barely stand straight. I’ve never been so nervous to meet anyone in my life and I’m just frantically trying to think of what I should say and do. While chatting with the people in front of me, he spots me out of the corner of his eye and says, “My friend sent me a picture of you wearing that   “Walking the Floor”   t shirt earlier this afternoon. That’s super cool! Thank you.”    In that moment, I nearly fainted. Not only was I meeting one of my musical heroes, he actually recognized me, and I was now going to be known as t shirt girl. I’ve never been so happy to be in a picture for someone else, and any doubts I had about meeting Shifty went away. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and we proceeded to talk about music and grab a couple photos together. I then tell Caroline what had happened and she looked at me and said, “You know what this means right? He has a picture of you on his phone.” As if my night wasn’t already perfect, that realization was the cherry on top of a Foo Fighter cake.    I’m a bit of an avid collector of Foo merch. Besides my many concert tee’s, I’ve also acquired bobbleheads from the show at Fenway, a pair of drumsticks with the FF logo on them, a paper cutout of Dave Grohl, all of their albums, and a couple posters.    For the past three years, I’ve been the frontwoman of an independent touring band called Shelby, Texas. Grohl’s tenacious spirit and passion for music has inspired me on numerous occasions throughout my career.    The Foo’s are my main driving force to create music. Whenever I feel down, I pump myself up by either listening to their music or watching the documentary   Back and Forth  , and remind myself why I got into this career in the first place.    I owe my entire music career to them. The Foo’s and my father are the two reasons I became a musician, and will never give up on it.    They are the personification of the term “badass”. You can’t listen to their music without getting pumped up.    All My Life   is that song I’d play for someone who doesn’t know any of their work. I personally feel like that song was one of the best Grohl has ever written, and it gives a pretty good glimpse into their sound and image.    Thankfully my mom and sister are both huge Foo fans as well. We’ve gone to many of their shows together and have watched   Sound City, Sonic Highways,   and   Back and Forth   together. My dad was the person to show me their music, so he loves that I’ve become so passionate about it. My friends sometimes think I’m super crazy and weird about my fandom, but I’ve slowly been converting them into Foo fans!    I do talk about them a lot when the situation is appropriate. I make it a point to mention my fandom when meeting someone new, as most of the time it’s a great icebreaker. I’ve never received a negative reaction, and I’m thankful for that!    As mentioned many times, the Foo Fighters are one of the main reasons I picked up the guitar. I’ve been touring independently with my band Shelby, Texas for the past three years and Dave is a huge inspiration to my songwriting and musicianship.    I definitely feel they will eventually get to the rock n’ roll hall of fame, and go down as one of the best rock bands of this generation. Without being too forward, it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to become famous enough to be the person who inducts them into the hall of fame. Who knows, stranger things have happened!

Last fall, I was asked to provide my story about the band and what they mean to me for a book called Send in the Congregation 2, which was put together by another Foo Fighter fan, Rachel Gillaver.

As you can imagine, I was ecstatic about this opportunity. I highly suggest picking up a copy of this book on Amazon right away.

Reading about other fans personal stories relating to the band was an awesome experience and I'm grateful I was able to provide my own

Without further or do, here is my excerpt.


My father actually introduced me to the band. When I was young, he used to make these mixtapes with current popular music for the family to listen to. The year Colour and the Shape came out, many songs from that album made appearances on these mixes. I’ve always been a huge fan, mainly because I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock as a result of my dad having kept all of his old vinyl from his teenage years back in the 70’s and 80’s. Growing up in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, I felt the Foo Fighters were my generation’s classic rock band. I was immediately drawn to their music because it sounded like what I was hearing around the house, but they were current. They were unlike all the bubblegum pop boy bands my friends were listening to, and I loved that.

Everlong was the first song I heard. As mentioned before, my dad used to make these mixtapes for the family to listen to. We were on a road trip to visit my grandparents in Redding, CA, roughly a three-hour drive from Napa. My mother and sister were both fast asleep, my dad focused on the road and I sitting restless in the back just waiting to get out of the car. All of a sudden the chilling sound of a drop D power chord ran through the speakers and hit me like a bullet. Next thing I hear are these thunderous drums that sounded unlike anything I had ever heard before. I was hooked. That was the moment I not only became a Foo Fighters fan, but I also began my love affair with rock n’ roll music that would take me on the amazing journey to becoming a rock musician myself.

One By One was the first album I bought, which happens to be my favourite album from their body of work.

The Foo’s mean absolutely everything to me. I owe everything to them. I picked up a guitar because of Everlong. I started touring independently because of the Sonic Highways docuseries. I started writing country-rock music because of Shifty’s solo work. I could go on and on, but the point it is… I would not be the person I am without the influence of their music. I’ve seen them live many times. Sacramento twice, San Jose, Mountain View, Nashville, Austin, Kansas City, Napa, and I’m currently planning on seeing them in Dublin, Ireland this summer.

In 2017, the Foo Fighters announced the would be headlining the BottleRock Festival in my hometown of Napa, California. I’m beyond excited. I’m even more excited when I find out Chris Shiflett is playing a solo set with his band the day before the Foo’s are scheduled to play. I drag my sister and father to go see him on that day, and we decide to check out the merch booth while we have some down time before his set starts. Amongst all of the Foo Fighters merch available, there is a shirt in the corner with Shifty’s “Walking the Floor” podcast logo on it. My dad talks me into buying that shirt rather than a piece of Foo merch because I’ve already collected a stack of Foo Fighter t shirts to last me a lifetime.

Fast forward to March 2018 and I’ve made it out to Austin, Texas to see the Foo Fighters play at the Austin 360 Ampitheatre with one of my best friends, Caroline, who was living in the area at that time. Once again, I discover Shifty is playing a solo set the night before the big Foo show. I’m ecstatic to add this show to my trip’s itinerary, and I eagerly wear the podcast t shirt to honor the occasion. We wait outside the venue, The Continental Club, and a stranger approaches us. “This is really weird and random, but your shirt is super cool. Do you mind if I take a picture of you in that shirt?” he says looking directly at me. “Sure!” I say posing for a photo I wasn’t one hundred positive I should be consenting to. He politely says thank you and we continue on our separate ways for the evening. Moments after Shifty’s band tears off the roof of the completely packed Continental Club, the crowd lines up to take pictures and meet Shifty. Caroline and I hectically find our way in the line and wait (not so) patiently for our turn. Finally, I’m next to meet him. I’m so nervous I can barely stand straight. I’ve never been so nervous to meet anyone in my life and I’m just frantically trying to think of what I should say and do. While chatting with the people in front of me, he spots me out of the corner of his eye and says, “My friend sent me a picture of you wearing that “Walking the Floor” t shirt earlier this afternoon. That’s super cool! Thank you.”

In that moment, I nearly fainted. Not only was I meeting one of my musical heroes, he actually recognized me, and I was now going to be known as t shirt girl. I’ve never been so happy to be in a picture for someone else, and any doubts I had about meeting Shifty went away. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and we proceeded to talk about music and grab a couple photos together. I then tell Caroline what had happened and she looked at me and said, “You know what this means right? He has a picture of you on his phone.” As if my night wasn’t already perfect, that realization was the cherry on top of a Foo Fighter cake.

I’m a bit of an avid collector of Foo merch. Besides my many concert tee’s, I’ve also acquired bobbleheads from the show at Fenway, a pair of drumsticks with the FF logo on them, a paper cutout of Dave Grohl, all of their albums, and a couple posters.

For the past three years, I’ve been the frontwoman of an independent touring band called Shelby, Texas. Grohl’s tenacious spirit and passion for music has inspired me on numerous occasions throughout my career.

The Foo’s are my main driving force to create music. Whenever I feel down, I pump myself up by either listening to their music or watching the documentary Back and Forth, and remind myself why I got into this career in the first place.

I owe my entire music career to them. The Foo’s and my father are the two reasons I became a musician, and will never give up on it.

They are the personification of the term “badass”. You can’t listen to their music without getting pumped up.

All My Life is that song I’d play for someone who doesn’t know any of their work. I personally feel like that song was one of the best Grohl has ever written, and it gives a pretty good glimpse into their sound and image.

Thankfully my mom and sister are both huge Foo fans as well. We’ve gone to many of their shows together and have watched Sound City, Sonic Highways, and Back and Forth together. My dad was the person to show me their music, so he loves that I’ve become so passionate about it. My friends sometimes think I’m super crazy and weird about my fandom, but I’ve slowly been converting them into Foo fans!

I do talk about them a lot when the situation is appropriate. I make it a point to mention my fandom when meeting someone new, as most of the time it’s a great icebreaker. I’ve never received a negative reaction, and I’m thankful for that!

As mentioned many times, the Foo Fighters are one of the main reasons I picked up the guitar. I’ve been touring independently with my band Shelby, Texas for the past three years and Dave is a huge inspiration to my songwriting and musicianship.

I definitely feel they will eventually get to the rock n’ roll hall of fame, and go down as one of the best rock bands of this generation. Without being too forward, it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to become famous enough to be the person who inducts them into the hall of fame. Who knows, stranger things have happened!