Wednesday, August 1, 2012

another tick off my bucket list

Had the good fortune to see one of my favorite singer songwriters in concert tonight at one of my favorite places - the Minnesota Zoo uses their outdoor amphitheater for Music in the Zoo in the summertime and my sister and I went to see Mary Chapin Carpenter.  She has long been a favorite, since the first time I ever heard her music, and she has long been on my list - for whatever reason - of celebrities I'd like to have a beer with.  Well no beer tonight, but I am very happy to like her just as much after the concert - she seemed nice and friendly and grateful and funny.

Got me thinking about other groups I've seen in concert ... I have a pretty limited live music experience.  My first concert was Styx during their Kilroy was Here tour.  I was a senior in high school.  Then I saw the Nylons and Billy Joel in my early 20s.  When I was in Seattle, I saw some groups I don't recall the names of, but I did see one concert by The Proclaimers (awesome!) and I saw Pearl Jam at the Gorge in George, with Neil Young (Eddie Vedder was so drunk it was kind of disappointing).  I saw Harry Connick Jr (he is a wild performer and so fun - and adorable) during law school and I also won tickets to some concert with three pop/rock groups who had big songs around then but I can't for the life of me remember who those groups were...and I don't think I've seen anyone since then (1999).

So maybe having a beer with Mary Chapin was a bit of a stretch for my bucket list, so I'll consider it satisfied with tonight and our front row seats.  Worth every penny!

5 comments:

  1. Your concert attendance fair outnumbers mine! Mine were almost all back in the 70"s , actually, - once responsibility kicked in, concerts went packing. They were too expensive, for one thing, and just too much trouble (not unlike downhill skiing).
    Sadly,(?) I wouldn't recognize the music of MCC if you put it in front of me :(

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  2. I love Mary Chapin! I love to see her in concert. I'll add that to my bucket list!

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  3. I always wanted to see Billy Joel - - in his best years, and in a small arena - - like a piano bar! I did see Elton John in San Diego and he was so much fun! I've seen Simon & Garfunkel, which was one of my favorite concerts. I've seen others, but I've never seen the Proclaimers (never heard of 'em either!).

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  4. I'm fairly certain that my concert-going days are over. Back in the day, though, I was very into live music. Jethro Tull: four times; The Who, Led Zeppelin; Styx, Bruce Springsteen; The Amazing Rhythm Aces; Bob Segar; The Doors (1967) Chambers Brothers; Guess Who; Three-Dog Night; Carol King; Steppenwolf, Jimmy Buffet (four times), and U-2. Now, I can't handle being in the middle of a crowd; even the Giants games have gone by the wayside. I enjoyed reading about your experience!

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  5. One of my faves too Sarah. Also the Nylons saw their concerts all the time. Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and the Graceland tour, oh I could go on. Great you kicked one off the bucket list, I had Ella F on mine for years, never made it. Huge regret.
    XO
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