Unhealthy Obsession…

Well, that’s what some would call it but I think it’s perfectly normal.

I am, always have been and most likely will always be obsessed with music. Unless I go deaf…which I think I’d rather go blind given a choice personally.

To say I love music is to put it mildly.  I listen to all kinds from Bach to Marilyn Manson. I think if I were autistic this would be my area of savant. If my neighbor is listening to a song and all I hear is the baseline I can usually pick out what song it is…at what point it is at and sing along with it. My husband has called me his Shazaam or Sound Hound several times. We even play this game where he’ll pull up a song on Youtube and play maybe 5 to 10 seconds of a song and I have to guess which song it is. I get it at least 75% of the time if not more. If we are in a public place and I hear a song I fixate on it inadvertently blurting out what song it is and who the artist is. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here..just trying to succinctly convey my level of obsession.

One of my favorite and very likely my most expensive hobbies is going to concerts. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been to concerts. I’ve seen:

  • New Kids on the Block (4 times one of those times with Backstreet Boys)
  • Barenaked ladies (5 times)
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Beck
  • Ryan Adams
  • Adele
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bloc Party
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Keane
  • Snow Patrol
  • Weezer
  • Sia
  • The Cure
  • George Winston
  • Meatloaf
  • Oasis
  • TV on the Radio
  • Janet Jackson
  • Naughty by Nature (You down with OPP?)
  • Bobby Brown
  • They Might Be Giants
  • The Pretenders

There are more but I just can’t seem to clear to cob webs from the attic I call my head at the moment.

The reason I am talking about this is because last night I went to see The Black Keys with one of my besties Melissa. All I have to say is ZOH MY GAWD!!! So let me explain something to you.

I was born and raised and currently live in a state called Minnesota. Maybe you’ve heard of it? I like to think of it as the land of 10,000 Lutherans. Now, I have nothing against Lutherans. In fact there is a whole radio show called A Prairie Home Companion where they talk about life in Minnesota in a fictional town called Lake Wobegon and they make references all the time to The Lutherans. They are a very conservative people and there seem to be a WHOLE lot of them here in this state. There is a reason for this I promise.

Normally when I go to concerts I notice that people in Minnesota sit politely not moving much and only clapping when the person on stage prompts them to do so. I call this the Lutheran effect. In fact, when I went to see The Pretender (I was 19 at the time) my group of friends and I stood and danced the whole time much to the chagrin of the people behind us who even complained. I just ignored them but what I wanted  to say was “Oh…I’m sorry. I thought we were at a CONCERT not a church sermon!”

Last night the girls in front of Melissa apologized for standing up. They said they had to stand up because the people in front of them were standing and they couldn’t see otherwise. It kind of just hit me how absurd that is.

You are at a concert.

Where they play music.

Music is meant to be danced to.

You sure as heck fire can’t dance in  your seat!

No apologies needed ladies!

While at the concert I was looking around because I’m a people watcher and not ashamed of it either. I didn’t see many people sitting down. I’d say 98% of the people there were standing and dancing. This made me happy. VERY happy! I was super impressed that a band with only TWO people in it could raise so many people to their feet and compel them to move.

So here is the video for The Black Keys Everlasting Light. They did this song last night with 2 of the largest disco balls I’ve ever seen. It made such a cool effect through the whole stadium. I think it was by far my favorite part of the concert. So if you haven’t already go check it out.

PS-if you check em out and don’t like em that’s cool, I can respect that. They aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but at least you heart something new!