I was going to do a brief history of concerts I've been to in my life for this week's playlist but as I started pulling together the tunes I started remembering some of the really awesome concerts I've managed to get to over the years. I'm not a huge concert goer, but I've been lucky to have seen some really fantastic performers.
On another day I'll torture you with some of the more embarrassing selections I could have shared today, but since last week was such a downer, I decided to go with a much more happy list this week.
I feel the need to explain my selections this week. Feel free to skip this and head straight to the music!
1. Harry Connick, Jr.: I was in high school, can we say "crush"? Oh my, his voice still makes me swoon.
2. Sarah: Yes, I managed to get myself into Lillith Fair back in the day. Sarah and early college are intertwined in my memories. This has to be my all time favorite song of hers.
3. Ed Robertson/Barenaked Ladies/Alanis Morisette: Best. Concert. Ever. July 2003: 2nd row, center stage with my friend Carol--the only person I know who is a bigger fan of BNL than I was. Granted she puts my fandom to shame. I heart Ed. Their version of "Satellite" that evening could possibly be one of my favorite songs ever. "Call and Answer" with Alanis is also a signature song from that magic night.
4. Paul Simon: Simon and Garfunkle's album was the first cd I ever owned. My dad is a huge Paul Simon fan so we bought my parents tickets to see him when he came to town. We all went as a family and it was a wonderful experience I won't forget.
5. Billy Joel: Another high school pick. The outdoor evening stadium concert completely dazzled junior year me.
6. The Stones: Another family concert, believe it or not. They came to play at the stadium in my college town. Dad bought tickets for the whole family and we went together. I'm pretty proud of my dad's taste in music, it has definitely influenced my own.
7. Paul McCartney: One last high school pick. This was a concert that was a little lost on the younger me. Now I appreciate that experience much more and would love to have the chance to be in that moment again.