Still can’t help but appreciate such talent and dedication. Thanks JM for being there every morning on my way to work :)
I had such a good time at this concert that I have decided to put in an individual blog about just for this. I couldn’t have imagined that my night was going to go so well. I am going to break down what good luck I had into parts. I hope you enjoy my blog - and please feel free to comment, I love hearing from other fans.
I started the night off by going to the “Red Carpet” for Nordstroms. I had chosen to wear the Vancouver Giants Jersey that Michael had made when he became part owner of the Hockey team (I recieved this as an XMas Gift). It is the official one and every time I put it on I remember why I wanted it so badly! Anyway, after getting my picture taken at the Red Carpet, Tory Class - the Fan Club Rep. “tweeted” about my photo saying that she thought it was super cool. This was super exciting considering I have 1 follower total on my Twitter. (P.S. If you want to - please follow me, my Alias is KISchober … )
Then I went to the Merchandise counter and spent my life savings (haha) on tshirts, programs, and a sparkly coffee mug. I am super happy with what was offered and to anyone that debates spending $30.00 on a program - DO IT. They are beautifully made and have AWESOME pictures in them.
Moving on into the Concert… Michael opened with the great “Cry Me A River” and fireworks. Beautiful / Exciting beginging. He then made the show a great “comedy act” (as usual) and continued with some other great songs. I will not go through the setlist, I don’t want to ruin it for other people going to the show. I would like to note the TWO things that made my night more worth anything I could ever imagine.
1) During “All I Do Is Dream Of You” Michael came off the stage and started coming down the Aisle - that I was in! As he came down the Aisle I moved forward to shake his hand and he briefly gave me a hug as he walked by… I couldn’t believe it. I have attached the blurry shot of him as he walked by. If you look closely you can see his face and microphone. I am the one with the black hair, his Bodygaurd is behind him. I know its a hard picture to see - but I was so excited! (who wouldn’t be?!?!)
2) After Michael walked by, he went to a small center stage and I was right there to watch him sing! It’s awesome how close I was. Furthermore, during the song “Home” Michael looked RIGHT at me for a few lines of the song… we made direct eye contact. For a moment I felt like I was going to faint. (I keep thinking to myself - I bet I looked like a big dork from his point of view, lol). If you watch the YouTube Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVUn5BfeVxs) you can see where I am at and when he sings at me at about 2:55 (I am short so it may be hard to see - but BELIEVE me - it’s ME, LOL). Michael is so great with the Fans and he makes us feel such a connection … I can’t even describe it. I also took some pictures when he was up close to me. I just kept pinching myself thinking is this really happening to me!
After the show I went up and met the Opening Band, Naturally 7. They were so awesome, I hope that their new CD coming out gets as much attention as they deserve. I got all of the members of the group’s autographs and got a picture, too. (Again, I still can’t believe all this happened within 3 hours!)
Overall the experience was beyond anything I can explain or would have ever expected. Thanks for reading about it :)
Alright - So pardon me for being a little “un-conversational” up and to this point… But I am going to do my best at trying this Blogging thing out. I am hoping to develop some more friends that can share their love for music the same as me :)
Beginning this Spring I decided to take on a new challenge and start seeing some of he musicians I have grown to love so much LIVE. Mind you, prior to this year I have only been to about 2 shows, all of which I had pretty crappy seats. I am not yet done going to Concerts for 2010 but I figure I will blog what I have since the major ones are done.
Anyway - I would like to share a few of my favorite pics from each show and also give my gratitude to the performers out there. They have a tough job each night to perform at their best and I have a new found respect for all of them.
My Concert Schedule this year has been:
- John Mayer (March 2nd, 2010)
Please Note: Photo Courtesy of R.Johnson (Thanks!)
- Michael Buble (March 28th, 2010)
- Boyz II Men (August 26, 2010)
- Dave Matthews Band (September 15th, 2010)
- The Script (October 22nd, 2010) - They are a newer group to the US but have managed to catch my ear.
Clearly I was able to get the BEST seats at Michael Buble (but I must admit that he was my FIRST interest from many years ago). I have quite a story of my own about that Concert - But that is going into another blog :) Again, all of my concerts hold a special place in my heart. John Mayer was one of those musicians that I liked, but now LOVE since I have seen him live. I just hope that everyone gets a chance to spend 2-3 hours the way I have this past summer… enjoying the moments and relaxing to their favorite music.
“Stop trying so hard to sound deep. Stop using twice the words necessary. Your thoughts have potential, but your writing is muddy and imprecise.
Also, when was the last time you traveled with just a backpack? That detail is jarring like dad’s voice on the answering machine interrupting some…
The part that I think is so crazy about this blog is the comparison to what I wrote previously. When people start considering a person’s talent prior to the person. We are all people, we all breathe air, we all try everyday to do what we think is best for ourselves at the given moment. I believe that we are always trying considerably hard to satisfy your wants / needs / aspirations. In this scenario, I think that JM is really making the effort to speak how he is feeling and someone is taking the fact that he is a celebrity and degrading him accordingly. Again, we are all people with different talents - if you are struggling to find your talent then you are among the 95% of the majority. Furthermore, if you have learned to capitalize on your talent and continue to grow … than you have found a way to balance your talent and your person. (again, sorry if I mumble… blogging is new to me)
Saint Paul, MN 2010 … jhnmyr
Hopefully this time this works….
Twitter Isn’t “Over”, I’m Over It.“Last week in Los Angeles I participated in a live Q&A as part of an ASCAP expo on songwriting. When the topic of Twitter came up, I explained my waning interest in it being part of my daily life. By no means do I think it’s over as a medium altogether, but I do think that the days of “Twitter: The Breakthrough” have passed, as has been and will continue to be the case for every online social network. It’s reached it’s cruising altitude, so to speak. Patterns and templates are emerging. The Twitter-bred syntax isn’t really doing it for me anymore.
And call me crazy, but I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing in the world to read scads of mentions/@replies and effectively open the floodgate of other people’s approval/disapproval. Finding out in 140 characters what a stranger has to say about you is like a mathematical equation without an established value of ‘x’. Who are you, stranger? What do you stand for? What do you like, and if it’s not me, then what does move you? What DO you look up to? Once I find that out, I’ll know how disappointed I should be.
This is where Tumblr comes in. It’s the future of social networking if your image of the future features intelligent discourse. I love reading other Tumblr users replies, because they’re thoughtful by virtue of the fact that if they’re not, they’ll bring the intellectual property value of their own blog down, and that’s a commodity on Tumblr.
This post is an experiment in itself. If you want to communicate with me, open a Tumblr account, follow me, repost my blog and then add to it. I’ll follow you back. Agree or disagree, lionize or demonize, but for God’s sake, be original. You’ll have all the room in the world to do it now.”
…Now for my addition. John Mayer has a good point here. It can be really difficult to try to express yourself via computer, let alone in 140 characters. One thing I learned through Twitter was that people tend to take things WAY too seriously. In 140 characters there is only so much room to try to be creative, heartfelt, and whatever else you may be looking for. Nonetheless, millions of people attempt this daily, only to find out later that someone misinterpreted what the other person was saying. I am taking this “challenge” that Mr. John C Mayer has presented to me. I also appreciate his effort to be heard. Living the life of filled with scrutiny can be harsh I am sure - however it does need to be noted that there are millions that appreciate his interaction with his fans. Best of luck on your Summer Tour JM.