“I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away”
– Boston, More Than A Feeling
It was during the encore of The Sing Off concert, with everyone in the tour singing Jeff Buckley’s Halleluiah, when my boyfriend turned to me and said, “if this is how this year’s concerts are going to be, wow.”
And he was right.
This is the year he presented the idea of us getting season lawn passes to Bethel Woods, the site where the original Woodstock was held. At the time, the lineup of acts hasn’t been announced and we were debating whether it would be worth the cost of the passes and having to drive to the venue each time. Since we saw a lot of concerts the year before and they were memorable (we in fact already saw one earlier that year), and knew we both loved going to shows — we decided on it, and it paid off big time.
My favorites were Journey and Steve Miller Band who performed one night; The Plain White T’s, Daughtry, and the Goo Goo Dolls; Keith Urban; and Santana.
It was also fun seeing Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie who still sound great for their age and are very funny entertainers. If you have the chance to see RAIN, a show that used to be on broadway, it definitely is worth the ticket. Lionel performed with Ceelo, who came out with an all-girl band wearing red spandex. I guess I should have expected this from this former The Voice coach who either had a parrot or a cat with him during that TV show, right? Boston was a surprise for me, as I went in thinking I didn’t know their music but thoroughly enjoyed the concert.
It has truly been an amazing musical summer, how fun it was seeing great artists from different genres and generations, hearing stories and simply letting loose. It has definitely been an unforgettable concert season, and it’s not even done yet. The best thing about these concerts is of the course the music: it has the power to unite people of all ages and cultures, and for those few weeks so far, when the music starts, we get lost in the songs; we all have a universal language that are the melody and the lyrics; worries fade away; and we are all one.