Thom and I treated ourselves to fantastic musical experiences in May by a wide variety of talented artists, emerging and exiting, that ranged from The Who to Griffin House to Billy Joel to Kris Allen to Jewel to Marie Miller to Gavin DeGraw. WOW. As my mom remarked, “Boy, you get around!” Yes, we surely do and enjoying every lyrical moment of it.
I truly appreciate how hard these artists’ lives are travelling from city to city, leaving behind family and their homes to sing their hearts out for us. Of course, The Who and Billy Joel may be flying around in style but the majority of musicians are probably packed onto rented buses, staying at Arbnb and eating fast food. Tough way to make a living.
Coolest concert moment for me was seeing parents trying to get their kids to buy into the classic music of The Who that shaped a generation or two. Yes, these dudes were OLD but still had clear voices and energy to play for hours. Good for them and better for us! While everyone knows of Billy Joel, I hadn’t played or heard his music for years. As he played hit after hit on his piano, memories in my life that were linked with his tunes all came flooding back to me. He is quite the showman and even strapped on a guitar for a few songs. So much talent! With an opening act as strong as Gavin DeGraw, who was amazing, it was quite the concert. Splurging to share a VIP suite, Thom’s biggest delight was the designer lotion in the bathrooms. Appreciate everything, expect nothing!
Swinging from 30,000+ in Safeco Field for Billy to 100+ The Triple Door, Marie Miller, opening act for Kris Allen, shared with us how she was a late fill-in to sing for the Pope on his US tour last year. She was asked to share her “6 foot 2” song that she felt was rather shallow for such a dignitary but, hey, it was the biggest crowd she had sung for so she went with it and got to sing one other, “You’re Not Alone” that actually had a stronger message. Check her out-great young talent. Kris Allen, American Idol winner, is back with a new album and much improved stage performance with a killer band too. I’m so excited to see him again next weekend with my sister and best friend in Chicago at City Winery. Yes, I do get around, Mom!
One of the most special evenings was sharing favorite indie artist, Griffin House, with my daughter in Boise at the beautiful Egyptian Theater. She actually first turned me on to his music and then Thom and I were able to see him play in NYC and Seattle and now Boise. No, I’m not a stalker-just a music fan! Griffin and his guitar and soulful original songs make for a great evening of music appreciation. Then Jewel came on by herself and two guitars and shared her emotional journey from homeless teen to just separated 40 year old mother trying to make a musical comeback. She has the best voice we’ve ever heard. I don’t usually buy concert apparel but felt compelled to support Jewel and bought matching “Only Kindness Matters” sweatshirts for Hannah and I. And really, ain’t that the truth! If only our politicians would heed this important message. But that’s another story.