Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wille Nelson Concert

Today Nathan and I decided to head over to Sea World to use our passes.  They are going to expire in April, so we are hoping to use them a lot before then.  When we arrived, we noticed it was packed.  So packed that we could not even park in the Priority Parking lot.  I like parking in the Priority Parking lot.  But more than that, I like going to Sea World when it isn't packed.

I couldn't figure out why so many people were there until we got inside.  Well, I could have figured it out, had I listened to Nathan but instead I didn't figure it out until I got inside.  I saw on a poster that they had special entertainment and food.  When I saw who was there, I got OMG giddy about it.  Giddy enough that I didn't even mind that so many people were there.

We headed over the stadium where the concert was at...about two hours early, and sat with all the other people already there waiting.  Then I sent a text message to my sister.  I said: Guess who I am about to see in concert?  Hint: oh that lucky old sun ain't got nothing to do....but roll around heaven all day....
Once we established who in fact I was talking about, we discussed why I sent her a text message about it.  We love music, but I had to let her know that I was going to see Willie Nelson live because of a childhood bonding experience over Willie.

When we were teens, my Mom left her regular music menu of all gospel, all the time, and went down the wild and wicked path of the likes of artists like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.  I'm still not sure what this was about, since this is the same woman that told me Nathan was not someone I should be dating because he took me a Billy Joel concert.  Whatever the reason though, she would sit in her rocking chair at night while we were trying to go to sleep and listen to the records.

Picture three teenage girls lying in bed at night listening to Willie Nelson records.  Against their will.  What could we do...well, what we did do is take the attitude "if you can't beat them, join them".  So we started to join in and sing at the top of our lungs with our best Southern drawls (those years in Texas paid off!) and sang right along with Willie.  Which cracked my Mom up.  Or maybe it was we girls who were cracking up.  Either way, laughter replaced groans.

All of that came in quite handy today, because now I'm old enough to appreciate that Willie Nelson is a legend.  And it's an honor to see him in concert.  Especially when you still know all the songs!
Let me tell you, Nathan and I have been to a lot of concerts together.  And this was one of the best ones we have been to.  There are people who can sing.
 There are people who can entertain.
 A select few can do both.  Willie is one of those people.
His voice is incredible for his age (77 years old) and he has so much expression in his face when singing.
Did I mention, he plays a mean guitar?
He plays a seriously mean guitar.
In honor of my sisters, I sang with all my heart.  Oh, and Mom...he even played a couple of gospel songs for you!  They were even old time country gospel songs.  It was awesome!
I am so grateful we got to see this legend while he is still with us.  I loved seeing someone do what they love and do it well.  My favorite shot and my Project 365 pick for today...thanks for rocking with us, Willie...then and now!
Living the life in music filled Florida!


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Jealous! Seriously.

laurie l. goodman said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome!
Love the story and the images are incredible!
You must be totally pumped over this!