Way back in January I was one of the few people lucky enough to snag tickets from TicketMaster to see Adele on tour. My kids thought I was a rock star. Having grown up with rich friends who always had more than they did, they got to feel a little bit special because none of their friends were able to get tickets. I know - not very gracious of me - but still . . .
Since the time I got the tickets my daughters have moved away from home. So on concert day my family all came in from different cities, on different, multitude modes of transport, and all arrived and met in our NYC hotel within a half an hour of each other. Miraculous.
Dinner together in a fine Irish pub. I realize now that they are adults, how seldom getting together like this will happen. What a joy to sit and enjoy great food, music and laughter, all together in my favorite city .
Seeing Adele sing live. She is an amazing performer. No fancy sets. No dancers. No distracting high tech gizmos. Just this one woman with an amazing voice and a huge graciousness toward her fans. As she explained “I have 2 upbeat songs which I will sing first. And then we will get to the sad ballads and all cry together because that’s what you’ve come out for, right?” She also admitted that she has been in a happy relationship now for 5 years and it is a bit bizarre to keep singing about an old boyfriend. Yes, very gracious to her fans.
Mostly I am very grateful for the gift of music. My oldest daughter went through a very hard break up last year. Adele’s music reflected all her feelings, and helped her get through a very difficult time. A co-worker shared with me that she and her mother often sang the song “When We Were Young” just before her mother passed and what the song means to her now. Music does that. It can help me through sad times or help magnify happy times or push me through boring workouts or fill me with tears of joy or open doors to both beautiful and painful memories past. Music is amazing. And sharing live music with your favorite people is an extraordinarily beautiful experience. I will never again hear an Adele song and not think of being in the Garden, holding hands with my daughters, and crying, and laughing that we were crying. Together. Beautiful memories.