My few concert experiences

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I wanted to go to a concert when I was a teenager in the 1990s, but my mother didn’t let me. At the time, foreign bands didn’t come to Finland that often. You had to travel to Stockholm, Sweden. But sometimes, they did, which was great. The American boyband, New kids on the block, was the first band I wanted to see live in concert. Perhaps the tickets were expensive, so my mother didn’t want to pay for them. The same with the British boyband, Take That. They haven’t been here since then. I’ve only seen their concert on TV and once in a movie theatre. But it’s not the same. They’re still around, but they succeed more in their own country. I haven’t heard their songs on the radio anymore. But thanks to Spotify, I can listen to them.

I have never been into festivals. I think I have only been in one, but that was a free one. I have no memory of it, but I’m sure I have been into one. There are always some bands or artists I can’t stand at festivals. Concerts are more my kind of events. It took until 2017 that I got the courage to go to a concert. Before that, I didn’t like big crowds and didn’t have the money to go, either. The first concert was by Robbie Williams. That was the moment I got the going to concerts- bug. It was such a great experience. It’s the atmosphere and feeling of seeing your favourite artist in real life. You’re there with other people who have the same favourite as yours. The best part of a concert is when the audience sings along to the songs. The performer loves the feeling too.

This year, as you might know, I went to two other concerts. The one I really looked forward to seeing was Duran Duran. (FYI, today it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day) You can read about the concert from the link to the band’s name in this paragraph, so I don’t need to repeat it. It was worth waiting for. Who knows if they will come back to Finland again. I can’t afford to travel aboard to see concerts, so they better get here instead.

I don’t usually do things without thinking, but when the American band Toto would come to my city, I didn’t think twice about it to go. I’m not that familiar with their music, but I know their hits. They’ve been around since 1977, with different line-ups since then. I listened to their other songs before I went to the concert. They composed most of the soundtrack to the original movie, Dune, in 1984, so they’ve also done songs without words. In the concert, there were awesome different instrument solos. I’ve always been fascinated by how some people can play instruments so well. I can hardly play easy songs.

In concerts, the volume is so loud, so sometimes you don’t hear what a band is playing or saying between songs. No wonder they have earplugs in their ears when they perform. Loud noises are not suitable for your hearing in the long run. I haven’t used earplugs. It’s a bit scary to put them inside my ears. My hearing is still great, anyway. The concerts should be heard as intended, loud and live. It’s only for a short period anyway. It can take years before I go to concerts again. If only that Elton John concert wouldn’t have been cancelled. It would have been next year. Oh, well that’s how it goes sometimes. You can’t always get what you want. Not even in concerts.

Music makes my heart flutter

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There are a lot of ways to add the word ‘music‘ to sentences. Thank you for the music. Music for my ears. Music makes the people come together. We all have our favourites when it comes to music taste. You don’t need to listen to what others are listening to. It doesn’t matter what age you are. You can still listen to classical music even if you’re a teen. For me, music is a part of life. It’s an escape or it can be something that inspired you. It helps you through your sorrow. It makes your heart flutter with joy. I don’t what I would do without music. It would be very silent for sure.

I’ve written about music on this blog before. Here are a couple. I don’t want to repeat things so you have to read it yourself if you want.

I’ve only been once in a live concert and that was Robbie Williams in 2017. I don’t know how that Elton John concert in September will go so I’m not gonna add that yet. That would be my second. I’ve been to performances but I think they were playbacks. Live music is totally different. It should because if it isn’t live, it’s better to stay home and listen to a record instead. Or places like Spotify. I loved the Robbie Williams concert and I wish I could experience the live concert feeling again. Fingers crossed for the Elton John concert that it won’t be cancelled because of this coronavirus thing.

I always have the radio on or listening to lists I created on Spotify. I have the paid version since last December because I couldn’t stand the ads. I listen to all kinds but pop and rock are the best. I especially love 80’s music. On Spotify, you can find songs you haven’t heard for years. I mostly listen to classics but sometimes I like new songs too. A lot of bands and artists I like are still active. I still buy CD’s so not all music is online. I love singing to tunes I really love. When I’m alone though. There is no place for a live audience. Even if I haven’t listened to a song for years, I still remember the lyrics. The songs still flutter my heart years later. I think I never get tired of them.

You hear the names of new artists and bands but you don’t listen to their music. But I’m not that interested to follow the music industry the way I did when I was a teenager. There are so many older bands and artists to care about so there is no time for anything new. Unless it’s a new song for a movie. Like the new James Bond song sang by Billie Eilish. ‘No time to die‘ A lot of people complained about it before it was even released. Then when they heard it, they got on the bandwagon and saying it’s the best Bond tune ever. I don’t get how people judge music before they even heard it. I don’t usually find new songs I like by new artists but this one I liked it from the start. It really got that Bond feels to it. Her voice suits it very well too.

So music flutters my heart when it’s something I like. If I didn’t have Spotify on my mobile, I would probably only listen at home. Trips without music would be a very boring one. Then you would have to listen to other people chatting about things you don’t want to hear about. Sometimes when I’ve travelled by bus, the internet connection has failed so I couldn’t listen to music but at least my mobile (old and newer) has a radio. Once I forgot the headphones at home so I couldn’t listen to anything and it was hell. The trip felt forever. Music does make time go faster. I can even concentrate better if there is music in the background. It’s talking that disturbs me the most. Hearing neighbours talking or the noise outside, makes me lose focus. Music is better than having to listen to things that make you upset. Music will always be a part of me and that’s how I keep going.

Robbie Williams really delivered once again

Yesterday I went to my first ever live gig, Robbie Williams. If someone gives awesome delivery, it’s him. He’s Robbie “F@cking” Williams (his words) after all. I’ve only seen him live in the movie theatre. He’s always been a great entertainer. He’s just awesome and funny too. The atmosphere was great. People singing along and cheering as loud as they can. Finns really love him and it’s mutual. He was surprised people knew the words to ‘Love my life’ which is a new song. During that, people had red hearts or anything red in their hands. That was arranged by a Finnish radio station. Everyone should bring something red with them and show them during the song. He was really impressed about that. That was our surprise to him.

Songs that were played were e.g. Party like a Russia, Kids, Love my life (obviously) and Millenium. He paid tribute to George Michael by singing “Freedom” That was Robbie’s first single. I know the lyrics by heart so I sang along. Then there was “Angels” of course. It’s compulsory in his concert. It’s an amazing feeling hearing people singing along and the sea of lights in the audience. Beautiful.
One of the best things was when his father performed a song. His absolutely brilliant. We know where Robbie has got his performing talents. His dad is also a performer. He sang and told jokes on stage as well.
There was a little sing along when Robbie sang part of older hits from other artists. One of them was “Don’t you want me” by Human League. Even a song from his Take That years. The chorus to “Never forget” There’s a lot of clapping at the end of that song. He mentioned Bruce Springsteen and imitated him a bit. Apparently “The Boss” sings Robbie songs in the karaoke. Robbie is really good at rapping and the song “Rudebox” has it. I haven’t listened to that song in ages and it sounds even better live. It went straight to my heart.

Robbie has a great way of connecting with the audience. Flirting if you like. Maybe that’s one of the reasons girls want to get close to the stage. One young woman was picked up from the audience to sing with him. It’s was absolutely brilliant. She put on a mask where you could only see her eyes. Then they sang “Something stupid” but she wasn’t actually singing. I guess it was someone from the band. Only the mouth of the mask was moving. The voice was kind of deep which was the funny part. What a lucky lady she was. She got a kiss on her cheek and she took a selfie of them both. That sure was something she could remember the rest of her life. Another woman got his attention as well. She had sat on someone’s shoulders and he said “Maybe you’re that tall or you’re sitting on someone shoulders” He started to sing “She’s the one” to her.

After the encore, the last song was Frank Sinatra’s “My way” It was a perfect ending. This experience I’ll treasure the rest of my life. If I had the money I would go and see more of his concert. Even though I had to stand up almost the whole concert, it was all worth it. Who could sit still anyway? I’m usually shy when it comes to public gatherings but now I was like any other there. I didn’t dance but at least stomped and clapped besides the singing along. There were 30 500 people watching but yet getting out of the stadium went smooth. There were a lot of entrances so it helped a lot. This concert was the one I’ve had been waiting for and it’s definitely the best experience I’ve ever had. The weather was good too so it couldn’t have ended better.