“I’d always dreamed of being adventurous; you taught me, dear, to be courageous.” ~ “Valentina”, The Hunts
I love music, especially music that inspires and has meaning. Music that makes you want to jam out in your room, and then go conquer your dreams. Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite bands, who seem to do just that: The Hunts.
The band. The Hunts are an indie-folk band made up of seven siblings, ranging from age 16 to 24: twin sisters Jenni and Jessi, and five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison. Having grown up in a musically-talented family in Chesapeake, Virginia, the Hunts have been playing together since they were children. Their parents encouraged them to learn any instrument they were interested in, and now they continue to encourage them as the whole family tours the country together. The Hunt’s career has grown rapidly since their albums were released in 2007 and 2012, performing at many events across the country as they work on new music coming for the future.
“She had a joy I’ve never seen before.” ~ Valentina
The music. The Hunt siblings’ ability to harmonize all of their voices while playing diverse instruments (such as the violin, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, piano, drums, and bongo) to create an intriguing alternative-folk sound is one thing that makes this band unique. Songs that are set around themes of family memories, adventure, old-fashioned romance, and other positive vibes make for especially easy and fun listening. The music comes with a combination of upbeat, feet-tapping tunes and dramatic symphonies, impressing pretty much anyone who happens to listen. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself jamming out and singing right along with them in no time!
The concert. I was fortunate to be able to attend one of The Hunt’s concerts as part of Exposure Youth Camp in December of 2015. What an incredible experience! Having not heard of them before this event, much less listened to their music (I’m not sure how I couldn’t have), I didn’t quite know what to expect. But as you can probably guess, I fell in love with them and their music after the first song. (Why else would I be writing a whole post about them, anyway, right?!) The concert itself seemed the epitome of the way music should be performed. Having not attended a “real” concert before, I didn’t have much to compare it to other than what I’ve heard in passing of big concerts like those of Taylor Swift or some other celebrity. And yet, this seemed like the perfect concert because it leveled out the right amount of listening, cheering, and just plain fun. The Hunts themselves were amazing, displaying such humble, sweet, and genuine characters and personalities. They literally looked like they were having so much fun up there, doing what they love to do. And isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? 🙂
“In your canopy of freedom, you paraded past my heart; when you begged me to consider, I knew I’d loved you from the start.” ~ Just For a While
So what does this have to do with us as Christians? It has been my hope that through giving you a small introduction to this band, you can see that there is music out there that is actually….good. There is music existing that does not use curse words or inappropriate implications. We don’t always have to “settle” for questionable music, that we always have to be filtering out. The Hunts are a clean, fun band to listen to, with wonderful musical talent and encouraging themes. Understand that I am not advertising The Hunts over any other good music out there or judging your music taste; I simply want to show that there are other options than what our culture usually promotes! When we are searching for entertainment, let us make sure that whatever we are listening to, watching, or reading is good for, and not destructive to, our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:8). But most importantly, may it be pleasing to our God (Psalm 19:14).
“Growing up, we didn’t really have much, but we did have music, and that was the thing that always brought us together. I can’t think of anything better than growing that relationship even deeper, through making more music that comes right from our hearts.” ~ Jenni Hunt