For today’s Miscellaneous Monday, I will share 3 musical-related facts with you. As always, please play along here or at your own blog with a link here. 🙂
Ok . . . since today’s facts are about music, I think a drum roll would be appropriate . . .
1. The first big concert I went to was to see Chicago when I was in middle school. Hard Habit To Break and You’re The Inspiration. People were waving lighters. I bought a t-shirt and thought I was the coolest.
The funniest thing that happened at that concert was before the concert began. The lighting technicians and sound technicians were on the stage doing checks. They all had on Chicago t-shirts. This *ahem* blonde girl (in the most stereotypical form of that word) who was with us thought for sure they were band members, so she ran to the edge of the balcony railing and shouted at them to look up for her to take a picture. They were all grinnin’ and cheesin’ while this girl took gobs of pictures of those sound and light guys.
2. When I was in middle school and high school, the cool thing to do was to have air band competitions. We’d have competitions at 4-H camp. I think our county even had a competition for all the clubs once. The schools would have air band contests. And we’d do it just for fun when our extended family got together for dinner. I have the funniest memories of my dad as the surgeon in a live “video” of Like A Surgeon while an air band lip-synced.
3. Since that Chicago concert so many years ago, I have been to many concerts. Some of my favorites —
* listening to James Taylor at an outdoor pavilion where some people were even sitting on blankets on the hillside * Alison Kraus and lots of other bluegrass artists playing at the Down From The Mountain concert * feeling Lauren kick the daylights out of me from within when we saw Clay Crosse and Jacqui Velasquez and some other people singing very loudly when I was at least 7 months pregnant * listening to Michael Card speak between songs, as if we were all just sitting in his living room * talking with Margaret Becker for 15 or 20 minutes about World Vision after I heard her sing at a ladies’ conference * listening to Jim Cole on New Year’s Eve and seeing him make jokes about sounding exactly like James Taylor * dancing and having a blast at a concert with Beatles impersonators (my friend Bill Cartwright and I sang along with I Want To Hold Your Hand and felt just like we were seeing the Beatles live) * having fun and enjoying the easygoing friendship of Geoff Moore and Steven Curtis Chapman at a joint concert (then meeting with them and a bunch of other youth leaders backstage for a free packet of stuff and some encouragement) * watching a roomful of 30-something moms hold up their lighted cell phones and sway to the REO Speedwagon-ish sounding songs of Mark Schultz at the MOPS Convention (very funny)
So . . . what about you? What musical memories do you have?