Sunday, July 5, 2020

Who DID I See that Concert With???

Yesterday an article came up on my phone about Fleetwood Mac. That was JUST before my generation of music (I had Stevie Nicks' CDs, but never any F/Mac). I clicked it just because...and became engrossed in the love story of two of the band members (turns out there was more than one, but that's a story for another day, and not this blog, lol). What was intriguing though wasn't so much the story as the way the guy in the pair I was reading about, still looked at the woman (so many years later). It seemed like he was still wearing his heart on his sleeve, which cannot be true (?) since he is happily married with three children of his own (something I also found out yesterday), and she (according to the article), had him kicked off of the reunion tour and they were in court...but there was an undeniable chemistry there, something you can't quite put your finger on, but you could feel it (so much so that I started googling to learn more about them, and that's how I came across the above information that has been repeated so often there must at least a modicum of truth to it).

That got me thinking of music, and musicians, which got me stuck in a YouTube loop (it happens once in awhile) of old music that I liked in high school. That led to me viewing AC/DC footage and I absentmindedly said out loud that it was the best concert I'd ever seen. And it was. I saw them in the mid-90's, and they really put on a good show.

But it took me a few minutes to remember who I saw the concert with. You would think that it being a great concert, I would easily remember WHO I saw it with, but I guess that's not how my brain works. So then I started to deliberately single out concerts I've seen, and try to remember instantly who was with me. Almost every single one required me thinking, really thinking about it (with a few solid exceptions), which led to this post.

The Steve Miller Band I remember seeing with my good friend, because it was one of those shows you didn't expect to be so great, but it really, really was... he sounded just as good in person as he did on record, and we were both marveling about it.

Brittany Spears I remember because it was my oldest son's first concert (he hates when I tell that story, but he LOVED her music (and this was waaaay back when, when she was pretty much a kid too), so I surprised him with tickets. His younger brothers fell asleep on the seats because it was in the p.m., which still makes me chuckle.

And Creed I remember because it was the second concert I took the same son to (the youngest opted out). LOL

Lynyrd Skynyrd...no clue who I saw it with, but I remember a group of us sitting on a hill at the amphitheater in West Palm Beach.

James Taylor...no clue again, but I remember being upset that he didn't play ANYTHING I knew and loved.

Bush was a good concert, but I remember being irked by the smell of certain something-something in the audience (I've always been a bit of a nerd, and that was never my scene). I wasn't a fan of the mosh pit either (again, a bit of a nerd here). In fact, regarding MOST things I've been a huge nerd (I own it, I don't mind) but in music I branched out a bit and liked quite a few genres, including rock n roll, which was probably a bit 'rebellious' of me since it embraced themes that were as far removed from my being as could possibly be, which I suppose was part of the rock and roll appeal. I still love the artists from that era, Led Zeppelin, Clapton, and the Doors (still popular from the generation just before), Queen, Motley Crue, Rush, U2, and so on and so forth... I could go on and on because there was a lot of music playing on the radio (and I liked many genres, though this post is focusing more on R&R).

There are other concerts too...most of whom I am stretching my mind to remember who I was with... and THEN, when I'm thinking of people, I'm trying to stretch my mind to think of what concerts I saw with that person (because surely there was something).

My mom wouldn't let me see any Rock-and-Roll concerts when I was a kid, but she let me listen to anything I wanted. She was more liberal than I was...I've always made sure my kids had the censored versions running on their top hit songs, and nothing too suggestive or otherwise not-so-decent playing in their lil' ears. Double standard? Perhaps, but there are two things I know 1). I can't bring myself to allow the kids to listen to certain music (all the cursing and way-too-adult lyrics seems inappropriate to me for the kids), but 2). I sure am glad my mom let me...

As for my recollection of concerts and who I saw them with, I have concluded that the mind is a funny thing. The way it processes is baffling, but I don't question it. I'm just bemused a bit by it today. :)

The one big takeaway I am getting from this post, is I have way too much time on my hands today (rare, and what a way to use it, LOLOL!!!). Oh well, everyone deserves a free day every once in awhile. :)

53 comments:

  1. You've been to some great concerts. I really haven't been to that many. I did go see The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys though.

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  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd is such a great band. They're so high energy. I love James Taylor, too. Great bands.

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  3. These are some really great shows! You have great taste in music. Steve Miller Band is one of my favorites of all time.

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  4. I think we dump things out as we go along. Things I used to remember vividly are not barely a memory at all and sometimes I forget something completely. As long as we've had fun going though life all is good.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  5. ahhh all these concerts!!! I had tickets for three concerts this summer but they all got canceled!!! I wasn't upset because I know they will come back again to my city...

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  6. What some amazing concerts you have been to! I haven't been to one for ages, but in my teens I would often go with friends to see bands, many smaller.

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  7. I remember who I've been with at all the concerts I've attended. But, it's only because it was always my family or my best friend. lol

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  8. Those are some amazing concerts sounds super neat.

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  9. You have been to some most excellent concerts. And yes, my mind frequently baffles me.

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  10. Believe it or not, my first concert was at 40, and I took my daughter to see Ariana Grande! I grew up with my grandmother and it was just something that wasn't part of my life.

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  11. I miss going to concerts. The last one was Taylor Swift and I remember the company I was with. I am still not thrilled about that. LOL! But it was a great concert!

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  12. That is really cool that you have a fondness for concerts. I never really had the desire to go to concerts. I did see Angels and Airwaves and Weezer in concert at the Phoenix State Fair. It was fun I was on a date at the time, but wasn't really interested in the girl, so it kinda sucked. haha

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  13. You've been to some great concerts. This post got me thinking back, and I can't think of who went with me to the concerts I've been to. HAHA

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  14. While you didn't remember who you went with, it was nice to see that you recalled a lot of the 'sensations' from your time at the concert. Same goes with me -- possibly because we're sooo into the moment? :P

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  15. I haven't seen any of those! I think they would have been amazing! Especially seeing Britney in vegas!

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  16. I can relate to your difficulty remembering who you saw particular concerts with. Especially if you went to quite a lot, which it certainly sounds like you did. I guess it can all become a bit of a blur after a while, although you never forget the music or if you actually enjoyed the concert.

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  17. wow! You saw a lot of concerts! I would like to see some of these!

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  18. Oh, wow. Great bands! I've seen a couple of them in concert, but way past their heyday. Some were still pretty good! ;)

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  19. Wow, you've seen some legends! I've only been to a few in my day, as the crowds make me feel anxious, but I did see NSYNC in like 1998. LOL

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  20. Those are some great memories. And what a fun time going back and trying to remember!

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  21. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJuly 24, 2020 at 8:37 AM

    Wow. You are so fortunate to be able to attend concerts of these great artists. I have only been to a concert 4 times in my life, and all of them were Asian and local artists.

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  22. We forget probably more than we remember, which I guess is a good thing since outr brains would be filled with too much meaningless drivel.

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  23. The mind is truly a funny thing, conflating memory with imagination all the time! The bands you named really gave me some nostalgia!

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  24. Sounds like you have been to many amazing concerts. I've only been to concerts once or twice and hopefully get to attend more in the future.

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  25. Bunch of great bands!! We always remember the most important things

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  26. You surely have a very good taste in music and you're living the dream of so many people,being able to attend concerts. Great!

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  27. Oh man... I've been to some good concerts but sometimes it's hard to remember who I was with! So weird.

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  28. i have only been to a couple concerts in my life. i smiled though as you described not letting your kids listen to songs w/ bad lyrics and suggestive content. i remember my folks did the same thing. i don't regret it.

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  29. You have been to a lot of concerts. I had been to a very few though with my partner mostly. I liked how you recollected your memories.

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  30. Wow! My late mother loved Creed. I was a huge Brittney fan too. You sound like you've had many adventures!

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  31. I love Fleetwood Mac I wish it was me you went with because that would mean that I saw them in concert at least once.

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  32. Fleetwood Mac was playing once in the classroom. I said I liked them, but her voice was kind of like a sheep, or goat. My co-worker at the time got annoyed with me. He had a huge crush on her. He's like, "You're messing my crush love up!" He demanded to know who I had a crush on - rock and roll style. I didn't. I liked actors mostly. All the guy singers may have had good voices, but weren't all that hawt.

    I love Steve Miller Band!

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  33. I'm not really a concert type of guy. It's amazing that you have attended a lot. Great memories!

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  34. Sometimes I allow myself to go down music rabbit holes. It’s so nostalgic to hear songs you couldn’t get enough of again after a really long time. Some great memories you have.

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  35. I remember all those bands and artists and I remember the concerts but I really have to think about who I went to the concerts with. Some memories fade and some are quite vibrant.

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  36. I have only been to a concert once! It was a pretty fun one! My husband used to go to a concert once a year. He loves live music!

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  37. Hhhhmmmm....I would have loved to attend a Britney Spears concert, back in the day, when she was still very young. The songs she had at that time, were really dope.

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  38. That's a lovely and amazing concerts you have attended! I haven't been to one in my life, but would have to try one.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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  39. You have been to some amazing concerts!! We are yet to go to so many that are still on our list, but wonder if concerts will ever be like before given the circumstances.

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  40. It's great that you got to go to a lot of concerts! Concerts are definitely a memorable experience as it is fun and lively!

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  41. I havent been to many concerts but woah!you had been to so many amazing ones!

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  42. I often have these thoughts too. Like, WHO did I go to that event with?!

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  43. I have been in a concerts to my fellow Filipino artist with my friends. It is so much fun!

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  44. Amazing concerts you had. I usually have few. Hope you had a great time. I love go with my friends. That too from my local places.

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  45. Wow you have a lot of great concerts under your belt.

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  46. great concerts. ive seen brittany. ive been to so many. my first concert was leann rimes lol. i recently saw carry underwood

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  47. Our minds do seem to dump things in a pit that it doesn't think we want/need. Funny thing indeed. Can't say i ever got into Brittney spears. I won't let kids listen to the swearing and such either.

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  48. I LOVE Fleetwood Mac even though that's two generations or more before me haha. I've beenn to so many concerts I stopped counting after 250.

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  49. I didn't start going to concerts until later in life, so most of them have been with Jason and the girls. I have been to 2 with my best friend and 1 with my sisters without them though.

    Now, I am probably in the minority, but I never censored the music we played. I'm ashamed to admit, sometimes I am an F-bomb mom too in front of them. However, neither of them have potty mouths. We talked Mariah and her boyfriend into playing Cards Against Humanity with us (she was not thrilled to be playing with her parents LOL) and she would make him read any of her cards that had profanity on them. I've only heard her say one cuss word in her life and that was "shit" and it wasn't until she turned 21 that she said it in front of us. I have yet to hear Allison mutter a curse word. She'll probably be 21 when she slips in front of me too hahaha. We took Allison to Post Malone and she even stopped herself from singing along to any of the profanity in his songs. I was impressed because there is A LOT in his music.

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  50. I wish I attended more concerts like you! Those concerts sounds so fun!

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  51. This post made me think of all the womderfuk.things I have done with people I love and care about. I enjoyed reading about your events.

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  52. I miss going to the concerts so bad. Where is the music out loud right now? =(

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  53. I go down memory lane rabbit holes too. Music always is nostalgic and it instantly brings me back to that era!

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