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Friday, September 4, 2015

Spectacular September - 2015

September 4 - Blog-tember Challenge

The question is, "What are you passionate about?'

Well, of course there is my family.  While we may not always agree on everything, we have each other's backs for sure.

But, in terms of passions, I would have to say that one of the things I am passionate about is concerts.  I never went to concerts when I was a teenager.  I don't know why.  Maybe I didn't know how fun they were.  Maybe I believed the stories my mom told me about random drugs and that concerts were "dangerous" places.  Yep, pretty sure that's what she told me.  She did let me see Blood, Sweat and Tears and Johnny Rivers when we were in Las Vegas once.  I was about 16 or 17.  I'm sure she figured that was safe because it was in the casino so it was more like a show than a concert.

The first time I saw an actual concert was in 1982.  It was a Day on the Green at the Oakland Coliseum.  It was fantastic.  Not at all scary or dangerous!  It was a total adventure because it was the first time I had taken the BART train that went under the San Francisco Bay.  I went with my boyfriend (who later became my husband).  

We went to one more, a Stevie Nicks concert a few years later but then life intervened and we had kids, a house, bills, you know.  No time or money for concerts.  

Then I entered a contest online for a new radio station.  All I had to do was give them my email address and I was entered.  I didn't think much about it because I had never won anything before but this time I did!  I got the tickets in the mail and when I called the station to thank them, they used that as a promo spot!  My 15 minutes of fame.  

That was in 2006.  It was Huey Lewis and the News and Chicago.  The seats weren't spectacular but the night was magical for me.  Something happened that night.  I got bit by the concert bug and since then it has been one of my big passions.  

Taking pictures to document the concerts and then starting a scrapbook about them has carried the passion even further.  Since 2006 we have been to at least 4 concerts a year.  Last year it was 8!  We've seen almost all of the bands that we saw at that first Day on the Green, with the exception of Iron Maiden.  I was not really a fan of them.  We have seen Foreigner and Journey about 4 or 5 times each.  We've seen Cher and Elton John, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel.  Eric Clapton was one of our most disappointing shows because it was mostly his blues songs and he did not really play them but rather started the song and then stepped back and let one of the other band members take the spotlight.  I would see him again but I would definitely pay more attention to who his touring with him.  
The first page of our concert album

I would have to say that one of our top five concerts was the Black Ice Tour by ACDC.  We saw them first in Oakland and walked out of the concert with our ears ringing and our voices hoarse.  We enjoyed it so much we saw them again at the end of the tour at San Jose.  

My picture taking is getting better, both because I am getting closer seats and because I got a better camera.  Still, sometimes I take 150 pictures during the show!  I try to take interesting shots, not just of the performers but also sometimes of the backgrounds and the audience, especially when everyone is holding up their cell phone lights like you used to hold up cigarette lighters.

Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart

Pretty impressive when you are there.

 I love when can catch just the right shot so that it looks like they are singing directly to me.
Elton John and Billy Joel

Eddie Van Halen
The special effects are fun to see too!

We have two more concerts this year, one is ACDC at AT&T Park.  We have general admission tickets which means we'll have to get there early to get a good spot in front.  The last one of the year will be Scorpions in October.  We have pretty good seats for that one, on the floor, 14 rows back.  

So, that's my passion.  Concerts, taking pictures at concerts and scrapbooking concerts.  I'm a little behind with the actual scrapbooking since I am only in 2008!  But, it sure is fun to relive them as I do it.  

How about you? Would love to hear about your passions!

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