Sunday, November 07, 2010

Going to the Show!


Well, my obsession with Facebook has finally paid off!  Last week, I was just checking on my account and Train's post showed up on my mini-feed.  They were coming to Nashville to tape a CMT Crossroads show with Martina McBride, and had 10 sets of tickets to give away.  All you had to do was comment on the post.  So I did two things that I never do...enter contests (because I NEVER win), and comment on a public figure's post (because I'm afraid I'll get zillions of notifications of other posts after mine.  I just told them that we had tickets to see them in Birmingham last April, the first day of the Nashville Flood, and literally couldn't get out of Nashville because I-65 was covered with water, and how winning those tickets would be a great consolation prize.  I learned two things...1.  I didn't get notifications about the zillions of other comments on the post and 2.  Mentioning the Nashville Flood got the sympathy vote, I guess, because we won!


I had a bit of a dilemma, because H is a huge fan, and I would have loved for her to go see them, but I didn't want to give up my seat.  I mean, I do sacrifice a lot of things for my daughter, but come on-it's TRAIN!  I get goosebumps just seeing and hearing Pat Monahan sing.  He sings with everything he has, and it shows.  The lyrics of his songs are absolutely beautiful...not just the overplayed big commercial hits, but the obscure songs that no one knows.

Like "Words"...
"...Words they'll try to shake us
Don't let them break us
Or stop our world from turning
When words keep you from feeling good
Use them as firewood
And let them burn"

Or "When  I Look to the Sky"
"Cause when I look to the sky
Something tells me you're here with me
And you make everything alright
And when I feel like I'm lost
Something tells me you're here with me
And I can always find my way when you are here"

Or "I'm About to Come Alive"
"Maybe I'm not but you're all I got left to believe in
Don't give up on me
I'm about to come alive
And I know that it's been hard
And it's been a long time coming
Don't give up on me
I'm about to come alive" 

Then there's "Drops of Jupiter",released in 1999, which most people say has to be about a former lover, but which Pat says is about his mom, who died after a long battle with cancer in 1998.  Regardless, it gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.

"Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair...
But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance
To dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?

And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there"


Needless to say, I get lost in the music and the words and Pat Monahan's voice whenever I see them.  J offered to let me take H instead of him, but she gracefully bowed out so it's going to be a date night for us.  I don't know Martina's music, but I heard her sing with Reba McEntire at a Diva fundraiser for Oasis one year, and she's got a mighty powerful voice for a little bitty thing, so it should be a great show.  I have no idea what to expect,  how many songs they will sing, if we get to sit down (it's at Rocketown, which doesn't usually have seating for concerts), but I'll keep you posted.