Since the announcement that Apple is surrendering its iTunes platform (download your music, friends), I’ve been thinking about my vast collection of music and musical experiences. I was lucky to grow up with a mom who loved music, and there were frequent living-room dance parties with mom and my three sisters. My parents took us to touring Broadway shows, local orchestra concerts, and ballets. I realize now how lucky we were!
The music concerts came later when we became teenagers and ventured out with our friends. There is an outdoor concert venue about an hour from my hometown (Blossom near Cleveland if you're from Ohio), and it was AN EVENT to go there. We’d get concert t-shirts to take home, and the family vehicle had its own souvenir from a misunderstanding with a light pole in the parking lot (for the record, my oldest sister was driving).
I have a somewhat wild range of musical tastes as you’ll see from this partial list of the concerts from 1985-2019 I’ve attended.
Bryan Adams (Survivor opened for him at one concert)
Amy Grant (Madonna did not open for her)
The Piano Guys
Josh Groban (I’m going tonight! I can’t wait!)
Sure you can download music and listen to it for a fraction of the price, but I think attending concerts is fun. Part of the concert experience is the excitement of getting tickets, anticipation before the event, attending with people you love, and then talking about it afterward. It’s all worth the price of the ticket.
All of the above concerts were fantastic in their own (very different) ways, but if I had to choose the best one (I’m revealing something about my actual musical taste here), I would choose the mesmerizing cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He played four encores that night, and one of them was the beautiful piece The Swan. If you’ve never heard him play it, here’s the Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qrKjywjo7Q
I hope you’ll get to see a live performance of something you love this summer! If you have a fun memory or story of a concert, please tell me about it in the comments!