Sunday, August 7, 2011

Words and Music

As some of you may have gathered, if you read my blog regularly, I love listening to live music.  One of my favorite pastimes is to go catch a band at whatever hole in the wall or upscale venue where there is a performance.  A lot of my friends are musicians, some locally and some who play with very famous people.  And so, I often go to concerts as well.  This year, more than others, I have been to more shows than normal.  But then again, what is normal?

One of my favorite bands ever, is the musical group, Chicago.  For those not familiar, this group has been around since the late 60's and their music has transcended from generation to generation.  Their songs are unequivocally recognized all over the world.  They are also famous for all the best break-up and make-up songs ever!  I've been a fan since I first heard Colour My World being played at a family wedding.  I fell in love with the simple, yet very powerful song.  I think I was 13 or 14 years old.  Though, back then, I don't think I referred to it as "simple" or "powerful"  I just thought it was a pretty song.   I also fell in love with Peter Cetera.  Something about that blonde hair and that voice! He is one of the original band members. (he is no longer with the band)  So yeah, I was a cheesy band groupie, even way back then.  The last time I saw them perform live, was about five years ago.  They came to Houston with Earth Wind and Fire.  That show was out of this world fantastic!  I was in musical heaven that night.  Well,  tonight, I had the opportunity (thanks to a super early birthday present from my good friend, *R.  Like two months early!) to see them perform up close and personal.  They were playing at a venue that is not a stadium or arena, but rather, a small, intimate theater, here in town.  We had floor seats and I could see the beads of sweat on Robert Lamb's brow.  He is the sexy keyboard player, and also one of the original band members.  The show was amazing, and awesome and I sang my heart out to each and every song they played.  One of the things I love most about this band, is the horns section.  They are unbelievable and brilliant!  The saxophone player also killed it tonight! *R and I were among the hundreds of people who came to the show.  The age range was diverse.  There were the die-hard groupies and then the middle-aged rockers, and the younger, "I hope they play the Karate Kid song!" -that would be the song Glory of Love and the original Karate Kid movie they were referring to.  So, yes, all kinds of people coming together to listen to fabulous music.  It was a great night! So great, I have lost my voice.  The oratory kind, not the written kind.  Heh.

So that was my Sunday night bloggies.  How was yours? I've been quiet on the blog front, I know.  It's just that life just gets in the way sometimes and things must be taken care of.  But not to worry, this week should be less chaotic.  In the meantime, you know the drill, it's Sunday, let's make it a great week! 

This is my favorite song by Chicago -Beginnings

4 comments: said...

It sounds like a great night, Yvonne. I didn't know Chicago was still going strong. I remember hearing them perform at a festival. It must've been around 1975 or so. It's nice to hear them again. Thanks.

Oilfield Trash said...

Sounds like a good night.

The one thing I have always liked about where we live is that there is no shortage of great hole in the wall bars to watch live music in.

Red Shoes said...

I have always thought the Terry Kath era of Chicago to be the best... I think they really suffered after his death.


Yvonne said...

Robyn- oh most definitely!

OT- very true!

Red Shoes- yeah, they definitely suffered. but i think that they came back stronger as a group, wouldn't you say?