I don’t take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don’t mind.
~ Paul McCartney
There are some things in life you do just because. Getting the opportunity to see a living legend, to spend a moment with living history, is one of those things.
Last Thursday night, my husband and I, along with some friends, went to Cincinnati to see Paul McCartney in concert.
But I’m a hard sell to get to a concert. These days, they certainly aren’t inexpensive. And I’m not fond of crowds. Or full parking lots. If I like some singer or band’s music, I buy it, but even as a teenager, I never felt the driving need to go see even my most favorite artist in concert. Plays, theater, heck yes. Concerts? Meh, not so much.
So when my husband first proposed that we go see Paul McCartney, I was skeptical.
“Because,” he said, “the guy’s a living legend.”
Important, critical pause.
“Hon, the guy was a frickin’ Beatle.”
Ok. He knows me well. So off to see McCartney we went.
And it was fab-u-lous! The music was amazing. He played a 3-hour concert, no intermission, with 2 full-set encores. Not bad for a 69-year-old.
That didn’t last long – it was August in Ohio. But the evening was beautiful, milder temperatures than we had experienced in weeks, with a cool breeze blowing in off the nearby river. He shed the jacket, claiming it would be the only wardrobe change of the evening, and spent the rest of the time in black pants, white shirt, and black suspenders. Yowza!
But the best part? Like in his quote above, he never took himself too seriously. He had fun, you could see it on his face. He told stories, shared songs, and showed videos across the backdrop full of old pictures and film clips. He moved with an unselfconscious grace.
And his voice is as gorgeous as ever. Whether singing with the entire band and back-ups or just him with a piano or ukulele, it’s still drop-dead awesome. (Um, yeah, I said ukulele…. here’s the clip where he plays “Something” in Cincinnati). Turns out it was the last night of the tour before they went “on holiday.”
So pop in your favorite McCartney tune today and feel free to sing along, out loud! Let ’em hear you! It’s Monday, after all.
What’s your favorite McCartney/Beatles tune?
The best concert you ever went to?