Had a wonderful time at the concert last night. Managed to pick Brian up, get there, get parked and get seated without any hiccups, and we had great seats! A half-tier or so above the floor, so we were level with the stage, a good view over the heads of the people on the floor in front of us, and dead center.
As we entered we noticed one very hard to ignore detail: women were at least 3:1 with the guys. At least. And lots of them were my age or older. Brian looks at me, "Are you going to swoon. You know, just so I can be ready to catch you."
I laugh. Seriously. Can any of you see me swooning??
Now, the kicking myself part: I didn't bring my camera. I thought about it. I had it in my hand at one point, but in the end I didn't bring it. I went to one of the ushers and asked what the rules are for cameras now (since they're built into so many phones) and was told that I could bring in a camera so long as it wasn't "professional". So. My lovely Canon with the good zoom would have been okay (without the extra zoom lens). Dang. I promptly tripped turning on the metal stairs and stubbed my toe, which fit, because I was pretty annoyed with myself. Ah well. I'd have had such cool shots. *sigh*
The show was wonderful. Angelique Kidjo
, a South African woman and her band opened and I liked them so much I bought the CD on the way out. Pity it doesn't do them, or her, justice. She is a dynamic performer with an amazing, Janis Joplin sort of raw, powerful voice. I think the CD plays it too 'safe'. I suppose to cross over to a wider audience, but I think they really sacrificed. If I see a live CD, I will grab that to see if it's better. She only did one song in English - a cover of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" (which sounds a whole lot different when it has an African spin on it) but that didn't detract from my enjoying the music. Her percussionist was fantastic. He had a 5' or so space crammed with different drums and at one point his hands were a blur as he swung back and forth jammin'. On a gaming note: Jubilee sat up and took notice and got really
loud. That is her sort of music.
I've caught Josh on TV in a few places and he seems like such a nice personable kid
guy. On stage, he comes across just as well. A couple of little girls (about 10, a few younger) came up to the edge of the stage and he knelt down to talk to them, sign their programs and accept gifts. One little girl (about 4?) gave him Cheerios. He brought that up a couple of times, nicely joking because, it was funny (why Cheerios?) but he didn't say anything that might have hurt her feelings.
That voice. Wow. It really doesn't matter what language he's singing in, he's amazing. On stage with him were a violinist, Lucia Micarelli and cello player, Colette Alexander. Very talented ladies. During the 'break' they and the band played "Cashmere" by Led Zeppelin. Phenomenal.
Josh dashed back and forth on the stage a few times to dock sort of structures that put him right out in the audience. He sang, shook hands, held hands and made those ladies night! After "Cashmere" we could hear him, but it took a second for us all to follow the lights to the back of the arena. He came through the crowd (singing) shaking hands and while he had bouncer/body guards with him, it was all very personal and they didn't do more than make sure a barricade was out of his way before he got there. A few ladies almost knocked themselves out getting to that row, trying to reach out and touch him (I watched).
He sang a lot of stuff off the new CD, "You Are Loved", "So She Dances", "Machine", and some older songs like "You Raise Me Up" and "Remember When it Rained". There is very little that I hear that I would describe as magnificent, but this is it. This is the kind of music that fires the imagination. Sweeps you up. Carries you along. The kind of stuff you can get lost in.
Saturday in Albany isn't sold out .... and I'm very, very tempted to grab another show while I can.
For AoR folk: Rebma got juiced. Daphney laid claim to "So She Dances" and a Spanish song I don't know, I think it's Gauriel who raised a hand for "You Are Loved (Don't give up)" and a whole slew of scene ideas flooded the brain. Jill & Karen, since I didn't have enough PC's, you've joined the Rebma crew (since you're with Daph at the moment, it seemed natural).
And now I know which NPC probably isn't going to make it. I've waffled back and forth through different scenarios, but suddenly I can see the whole story arc. Now... to see how you guys beat the hell out of that. ;-)