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The Weekly Smile #11 – WHO Are You

On Monday evening I was once again galavanting around as a middle age concert goer. This concert, due to unforeseen circumstances, was almost a year in coming. Doesn’t matter. It was still fabulous!!

1965, Paris, France --- British band members of "'The Who," lead singer Roger Daltrey, drummer Keith Moon, bass player John Entwistle and guitarist Pete Townshend. --- Image by © Tony Frank/Sygma/Corbis

1965, Paris, France -“‘The Who,” — Image by © Tony Frank/Sygma/Corbis

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had a serious crush on Roger Daltrey, lead singer for The Whosince I was sixteen. Still, it took me until I was in my forties to finally see him in concert. The first time was at an outdoor stadium in nearby Camden with my Hubby, his brother and sister-in-law. We got rained on and were so far away that the band members looked like ants. Didn’t matter. It was still a dream come true for me.

The second time was just Roger by himself at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia. We were way up in the top row and the show started late because someone was smoking something in the front row and had to be escorted out by security. That didn’t matter either.

Waiting for the Quadraphina Tour to start.

Waiting for the Quadrophenia Tour to start.

We saw them the third time again in Philadelphia during their Quadrophenia Tour. It was just Hubby, his brother and me that time. Our seats were closer and the video that accompanied the show was so well done it was like watching a film with music. Sadly, John Entwistle had passed away by then but Roger and Pete included a wonderful tribute to him in the show. All in all the concert was excellent. I  didn’t think they could get any better.

I was wrong.

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Even though we had to wait an extra four months, due to Roger Daltrey’s bout with meningitis, this concert was, by far the best yet. Our seats were unbelievably good. The photo above has not been zoomed in so that should give you and idea. Obviously it was taken during the song “Behind Blue Eyes” one of my favorites. The music and stories were nonstop for two hours and the video graphics were even better than the last show. It amazes me that two guys in their seventies were able to keep up the energy needed and still look and sound at the top of their game.

I think the most touching part for me was that it felt like a “goodbye” performance. Pete and Roger talked about the bands challenging past and their own relationship which seems to have mellowed into one of great mutual respect and affection. Simon Townsand, Pete’s brother, played guitar and Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey, who has been with them since 1994, was on drums so there was a lot of history on stage, a lot of comradery.

They played every big hit The Who has ever had, one after another and we were on our feet for most of it. The crowd around us (mostly our age and older) were so pumped up that it made it even more exciting. By the time we got home, a little before midnight, my voice was hoarse, my ears were ringing, but I was smiling for sure!

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If We Were Having Coffee…2/14/16❤️

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If we were having coffee…you would find me wrapped in my fuzzy polka dot robe and curled up in the sun like a kitty cat, except that I have a steamy cup of coffee within reach. It is about 12 degrees outside, so this is pretty much my plan for the day. Let me get you something hot to drink and you can hibernate with me.

I would ask you about your week? What have you been up to? Did you celebrate Valentines Day in any way?  You might notice that I am getting started on my “coffee post” a little later today and I would tell you that it’s just been that kind of weekend!

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that Hubby and I were out last evening dancing the night away. We have a friend who moonlights as a singer in a band so we met up with some other couples and went to watch him. The band plays all kinds of music and we weren’t too far into the evening before my Hubby’s dancing feet started calling to him. The man’s a dancing fool! I figured I better go dance with him because he would look pretty silly bobbing around the dance floor by himself. Anyway, by the time we got home, my dogs were tired.

If we were having coffee…I would share that my weekend started off along the same “note” (following on the whole music theme, here). Friday, my brother-in-law and I braved the snow to rock out with Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia!! It was an amazing concert and quite an adventure. I’m working on a post so more to follow…..😉

If we were having coffee….I would invite you to curl up and stay awhile. I would refill your cup, give you the remote control and tell you to feel free to hide from the cold for as long as you wish. I am off to visit some of the other “Coffee Shares.” Thanks so much for stopping by.

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The Weekly Smile #5…Music, Wine and Pizza

Hubby and I were invited to join his father and step-mom at a nearby winery this past Saturday night. They had visited before and raved about the wine and the stone oven baked pizza. They also wanted us to hear the band that was performing there that night. My father-in-law has very eclectic taste in music so we just never know what to expect but this band was quite good. They did a sort of folk/blues/county rock kind of thing and the male singer had a deep swampy southern voice that was fun to listen, and tap your feet to.

Listening to music is such a wonderful way to lift the spirits and celelbrate life. My favorite way to enjoy music is to listen to it live and in a small intimate setting like it was Saturday.  When the band begins a song and I recognize the first few notes, I automatically start smiling and if the people around us react the same, an instant bond is formed. Soon the audience is all swaying and singing along. Personally, I have no musical talent whatsoever so the only time I sing in public is when an entire room of people is on hand to drown me out!

We left the winery feeling full and happy and I started thinking about how many different kinds of music there are and how they can bring joy in so many different ways. I couldn’t even begin to list all the songs that make me smile but here is one that I really love. I suppose, because it is such weddings staple,  it always makes me think of love and possibilities…

How about you? What kind of music makes you smile?

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