First concerts. We all remember them. What was yours? Mine — Shawn Cassidy. 1978. Then the Beach Boys (yeah, so I’m dating myself.). And, now, as I see my daughter rockin’ about, hearing ads for rock stars comin’ to town, I think of the concerts I attended after Shawn Cassidy and those Surfin’ Safari boys……and I cringe. I mean, concerts don’t always breed the best behavior out there in society. On top of that, I don’t even know what goes on today at those things. I mean, my last concert was U2 a whole 2 decades ago.
So out comes the ad for Bruno Mars comin’ to town. My daughter says, “Mom, you love Bruno Mars, don’t you?” Huh. Never really thought about it. I mean, I don’t really think so. She continues, “I mean, you love all his songs, don’t you?” Well, I think, I kinda do. So, he’s comin’ to town, with Aloe Blacc as his opening act. Have you heard him? A little re-make of Elton John’s melody of “You Can Tell Everybody . . . “ followed by . . . “I’m the Man, I’m the Man.” In listening to those words, I actually found some spiritual meaning intertwined in it all – in the catchy, familiar melody. I even googled it, and found a little confirmation of this from some music analysts. If you listen closely, you can hear some life – some humbling – life lessons.
So, I get to thinking. Well, what about taking my daughter (she’s 11) to the concert? I later see Bruno Mars in his notable Super Bowl half time show. I mean, he’s got some talent. And I didn’t exactly notice the vulgarity we’ve seen in some recent displays of pop stars. “Yah, Mom! That could be my first concert. Let’s go!”
I hesitate for a minute.
“No, sweet. Your first concert was actually The Wiggles. You were 2.”
But on to pondering about this first concert thing. I ultimately decide it is – yet another – opportunity for teachable moments . . . while she still wants to go with ME. There will be teachable moments everywhere. What to do at a concert, and heck, yah, what not to ever do at a concert. And, it’ll be a glimpse for me at what’s out there right now.
That’s it. I’m booking it now. What’s comin’ to your neck of the woods, with teachable rockin’ moments in tow???