the lights came down, the crowd cheered, and it was 1983 all over again. last night i was transported back to my high school/early college days. you know, when mtv actually played music videos, when big hair and bubble-gum bands were all the rage and when i officially became a "groupie". hall and oates came to town on saturday night and for a couple of hours, i forgot about my troubles and sang and danced the night away. i've been a fan since i was 17 years old. I, along with my best friend Jeannie (to this day) were huge fans. HUGE. so much so that we got to meet them twice. ok so the first time, my friend almost ran daryl hall over as he was getting off the tour bus and another time we staked out the four seasons hotel all day and endured glaring looks and threats of calling security (they said we were loitering) from the hotel staff. neither of which happened, and because of that stake-out, we got to meet kirk whalum and the late marvin hamlisch as we waited for daryl and john to come out. -which they finally did, eight hours later. somehow, word got to them that two crazed fans (we were harmless) were out waiting for them. they told us as much when the finally emerged and thanked us for being so devoted. they happily gave us their autographs and posed for pictures with us. one of the best times of my life. and last night, i was that crazy groupie again. dancing, screaming and singing to every single song. literally. the venue they played in was small and intimate, making it easy to have perfect view at any angle. plus my lack of height got me moved all the way to the front of the stage. i don't know what it is, but people see me and automatically say, "ohhhh, you can get in front of me honey, you're so little!" who am i not to oblige? quickly, i had inched my way to the very front of the stage. i was so close i could see daryl hall's wrinkles and john oates' beads of sweat! and i think daryl may have winked at me -or it could have been a squint from the bright lights. meh, i'll go with the wink. :) they played all of their hits from the very beginning of their career to now. timeless hits such as private eyes, sara smile, rich girl, kiss on my list and you make my dreams. with each song they sang, the crowd got louder and louder, singing along with them. time seems to only have enhanced their voices. daryl hall's soulful sounds, hitting all the high notes still and john's crooning kicked some serious ass last night. but alas, all good things must end. they belted out their last song of the evening, waved to the crowd and walked off the stage.
and that, was how i spent my saturday night. what about you kids? what's going on in your world?
Friday, May 10, 2013
it rained today. no really, it RAINED today. well, more like stormed. the kind with hail and strong winds, tornado warnings and flooding. street flooding all over the city. not to mention, crazy people who cannot drive in this weather, or any other kind of weather for that matter. the "before lunch" picture shown above, shows how it looked during my morning commute to work. those are accurate pictures taken by a friend who posted the picture on his facebook page. nothing was altered. it really was that grim and dire this morning. but as you can see, by lunch time or thereabouts, houston had itself a beautiful spring day. texas weather is bipolar i tell you! anyway, i just wanted to show you kids, what kind of crazy day it was for us here in the h. the same type of weather is forecast for tomorrow too. it's raining pretty hard now, with a lot of lightening and rolling thunder. i hate thunder, it scares the hell out of me, even now. at my tender age of 46. shhhh, it'll be our secret.
it's the weekend, do me a favor, go do something fun!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
..bottle of wine almost empty.
music playing in the background
and i'm sitting on my sofa, alone.
thinking about you.
it's been a while. a long while since i've done it.
don't know what triggered it. just did.
if i close my eyes i see you.
hear your laughter
picture you, smiling at me
our conversations that lasted into the wee hours of the morning
words, so many left unsaid...
i take in the last drop of wine.
almost as if you are here.
tomorrow all will be normal again.
but just for tonight,
just for a little bit,
i'm going to let my mind and my heart, have their way.