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?