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Today I attended a Colbie Caillat concert

I recieved a pair of tickets to tonight’s concert for Colbie Caillat as a gift.  My mom happened to have won them from a radio station and then in turn unloaded them on me.

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I’ll confess…I cannot declare myself a Caillat fan.  Sure, I know her music and thanks to my freakish lyric loving brain, I can sing her pop songs pretty much through.  Her music though, runs a bit girlie for my taste.  Girlie music has it’s place: new love in which Mr. Wonderful walks on water, broken hearts – the tearful phase (opt for some Linkin Park for the rage phase) and last but never least, bad hair days..the kind where Medusa looks like a Pantene model.

Still yet, even a less than thrilling concert trumps my typical Friday nights: a double date with my couch and Netflix.  And free happens to be my favorite price.

Lesson of the night: Never rely on the concert time reported on a performer’s Facebook page.  The event said 7 pm straight from CC’s page.  I ran quite the marathon between getting off work, running errands, taking care of my pups and household things and freshening up myself to avoid the “mistaken for Medusa” look.  I scarfed down a bean burrito while en route thinking it was my only fast supper option.  When I arrived, the parking garage looked oddly empty which prompted me to finally consult the ticket only to discover I arrived 1.5 hours before the opening act. Doh!

Since I had some time on my hands my imagination kicked in and offered up an idea.  While this may not have been my dream concert, surly it’s someones. And maybe that someone will land on this post and wish they could have been in my lucky ducky shoes.  So, in my best effort I’ll recreate the concert.

Kate Voegele opened the concert.

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She sung:

World Stopped Spinning
Just Watch Me
Angel
It’s Only Life
Manhattan From the Sky
No Sleep (couldn’t find this song)
Keep Hollywood (couldn’t find this song)
Kindly Unspoken

After a quick reworking of the stage, Colbie Caillat came out…

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And played:

Falling for You
I Do
Realize
Lucky
Shadow
Begin Again
Magic
Make it Rain
If You Love Me Let Me Go
Favorite Song
Fearless
Hold On
Bubbly
I Never Told You
Try
Never Gonna Let You Down
Brighter Than The Sun
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(More after the pictures)

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I loved being in the absolute center of the stage.  Call me Sheldon but all felt right with the universe in that spot 🙂

But who stays seated the WHOLE concert?! For me, concerts are about being IN the music.  The music plays loud to envelop you…the bass drills through your core…the lights, the energy, the whole scene draws you into the music to the point your body has to respond…suddenly work, family, stress, cares, they all fall away…the “you” falls away…

The singer begins belting out a song, a song he wrote in 5 minutes while traveling on a tour bus or over a drink at a bar… but the sum of those words somehow describe exactly what you’ve been holding in your heart, describes to a T what you’re experiencing.  How did he DO that?!

Music magic baby!!

Not only does your body respond but now the singer has just put words to your soul.  You surrender…you’re now the music.  The guy next to you who sloshed his beer on you or the fact that your bubble (personal space) resembles more of a pancake…that junk no longer matters!! During this 2-3 hour bracket of life we are the best of buds…we all are the same…because we all are the music.

THAT’s a concert going experience!!  Well, at least in my humble opinion.

And seats have their place.  I love movies and broadway shows/operas.  I couldn’t imagine standing through Phantom or Sweeney Todd.  Seat please, extra cushy!!

Tonight, the crowd read more subdued.  The music, more subdued.  The music experience was more toe tapping than bootie shaking.  The guy next to me didn’t slosh his beer or squash my bubble.  His head kept bobbing as he could barely stay awake.  Safe to say, he was NOT the music…The chick behind me who kept screaming “I LOVE YOU COLBIE!!”…Now she WAS the music 🙂

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Today I saw the ODU Symphony Orchestra

I know some pretty cool awesome peeps!

One of my friends plays violin in the Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra and she invited me to their Sunday afternoon concert in the arboretum.

I arrived a little while before the concert began.  I was able to wish her well before she gathered with the other musicians and then her boyfriend and I took our seats.  We just chit chatted while everyone got settled before the concert began.
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To begin the concert, the conductor came out and explained the pieces the orchestra was going to perform.  We were still kinda chit chatting and I guess the guy across from us didn’t like it so he gave us an ugly look.  I saw but the look didn’t register with me at first…I mean, I’ve never been called down for talking in my life…surly he meant that for someone behind us.

Well, we continued talking in a hushed voice but just a sporadic sentence here and there.  Wouldn’t ya know… the guy gave us a hideous look.

Ok, I took note of that one.

But I had one more thing to say…and it was witty…and needed to be said right then…I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  You have something to say but know you shouldn’t speak but the words are formed right there in your mouth and you try to bite your tongue but the words suddenly have energy of their own and you cannot settle them down and you open your mouth just to breathe and they come spilling out.  So I spoke my zinger and sure enough I he shot me a grotesque look!

Me?!  An ugly look?!  For talking?!   Those who know me describe me as reserved,  quiet and maybe shy.  Sometimes I am…until I warm up I guess…so someone nonverbally scolding me for talking is absolutely preposterous!

I wanted to say: Look dude…if you are so concerned about truly appreciating the concert then why don’t you take a seat like a proper person.  And if you are SO into this concert, then where is your program?!  See, I have one!  I made a special trip to go get it.  And if you HAD said program, you would have already read everything the conductor is saying.  But no, you and your sassy looks think you’re just someone so freaking special that you are gonna stand, leaning against the ledge and then pass judgement against the rest of us for enjoying the concert like we want.

What actually came out was:  (in a hushed voice) Sorry!

The musicians began playing music and we sat in silence the rest of the concert.

I’m not very musically inclined so I just enjoyed it for the music for it’s beauty.  Here is a snippet

My friend performed awesomely!  She made the whole symphony! 🙂

On the way home, I uncharacteristically turned my radio to the classical station.  I don’t know why…it just felt right.  And  during the strings parts, I played air violin going down the road.

Maybe I do have a musical bone after all. 🙂

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