When I was a kid, one thing I loved about my Dad was his love for country music. I only got to listen to country when I was with him. I have vivid memories of a concert he took me to. We saw Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis. That inspired me to save my allowance to buy what may have been my very first album, a collection of country favorites! I listened to that album until I had every word memorized, including Lynn Anderson's "I've Been Everywhere, Man!" Watching The Porter Wagoner Show and Hee Haw was a welcome diversion from my suburban life style!
Well, I can add country music concert #2 to my list. Last night Jim surprised me with tickets to the Brad Paisley concert. Brad Paisley in Bozeman? That's a long way from Nashville! Justin Moore and Darius Rucker were on the concert stage as well. Just a couple of observations, and forgive me if I state the obvious here.
1. I'm pretty sure there was not a cowboy boot on stage. Now, Brad had on what looked like work boots, and he was indeed working. But there were no slick look-how-pointy-these-sweet-foot-covers can be. I love cowboy boots, that's all I'm saying. Guess you don't have to be a cowboy anymore to sing C&W.
2. Concert fans love to stand, rather than sit. I guess if I wanted to stand for three and half hours, listening to three guys croon-and-holler isn't a bad way to keep my mind off the fact that I'm standing for three and a half hours.
3. Concert fans also like to sing along. Loudly. Hmmm, so why aren't they on stage? I really don't care if know every word to every song. So do I, pretty much, but you don't hear me belting along off tune with Brad and the boys.
4. There is still something very exciting about all the lights (albeit they be lazer), smoke, and loud noise!
5. There is still something very romantic about snuggling with your love to all the love songs. Smile!
6. I was still star struck, cowboy boots or not.
7. Brad Paisley is an amazing guitarist. Even if his weapon of choice is usually an electric guitar. Can you say "Whiny"?
8. I love that my rock-and-roll husband has finally seen a small glimmer of country music light. I guess my rocking to Queen and his singing along with Brad is proof that after nearly thirty years of marriage indeed, you do become each other.
Long live rock-and roll! (Errr, I mean country music!)