When the smoke settles... My Josh experience
Aug. 21, 2011 11:29 pm
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011 9:16 pm
I truly did want to stop in Friday night... well Sat. morning, but life was just a bit upside down still, at 3am, when I relented and fell into my bed!
Friday, I was a mess... not so bad early, but I was suffering anxieties as to whether or not Audie would make it over here... Love her dearly, but she can be influenced by a multitude of emotional issues... Unable to control myself, I called her at 3pm and
got her out of bed, or so she told me. "Coffee, hair, dog... I'LL BE THERE!" Still somewhat dubious, I waited... When she DID get here, we loaded up in J's Buick, and headed downtown, arriving before they'd even opened the doors.
Faced with a very LONG... flight of stairs, to get DOWN to our seats, and both of us being somewhat height challanged, did finally find an employee who led us through the back hallways, and to an elevator... bless her for that! We found our seats, and scanned
the arena... I know my jaw hit my knees, and presume that Audie's did also... we were less than 50' from the stage, and had an absolutely WONDERFUL view... 3rd row from "ground" floor... the "band" came out, and I watched... awaiting the first glimpse of
my IDOL... Be darned if he didn't appear mid arena, on a separate "stage" not 50' to our left! Audie gave me a good poke in the ribs!
The show itself was phenomenal... leaving we two speechless and in such AWE... Two full hours, it was "josh" stage right... My head reeled, despite him singing only a few songs that I am familiar with... (he's come out with a new album/cd, apparently...)
I don't think that it took him 15 mins to grab we, the audience, and OWN us for the duration! I was mesmerized... I was lost, within that wonderful voice... in my opinion, the voice of an angel! We were not there to enjoy HIM, we were there, because we were
HIS! I've never felt so strongly that the performer "owned" the venue... but Josh did, start to finish!
HE was so comfortable with "us," that had I not known better, I would have thought that he was singing for a group of family members, but perhaps that's what happens, when you are comfortable being where you are!
Still in a "fog," once the show was done, we made it back "up" to street level and began looking for a cab for the ride home... It took a bit, as different "staff" were giving us conflicting advice...
Another thought... it didn't surprise me, but his musicians were many... 2 violins, 1 viola, 2 french horns, a trumpet, and 1 trombone, opps, forgetting the cello... a drummer, and another on "percussions" (?) then there was the keyboard master. I'm in hopes
that I've not forgotten anyone! but I do believe I've covered it!!!!
I was greatly impressed by Josh, in that he turned out to be a PERFORMER, and his "show" was so much more than "a show!"
So, back to the "after..." We were sat on the edge of a planter, collecting out thougts as to how to find a "ride" home, and somewhere in the "after" confusion, Audie looks at me, totally serious, and says "we have to get you a passport! I have flyer miles,
we could go see him in London!" (which is her home town btw.) All talk? MOST definatly NOT!
So, dumbshit that I am, tonight, I checked his tour schedule... He'll be in London mid Oct, and in Birmingham the night after... I HAVE FAMILY in Birmingham... Naw.. two half nut jobs could never pull a trip together.... could we? Two weeks... London/B'ham/London
and back... OMG! I don't have a passport, since I was 13yrs old! I'm comfortable thinking that this is a "pipe dream," but then... could it be?
So all... be so well, and so happy, and IF you think that you might do some "wild thing..." don't pass it off... not just yet!