Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The McCartney Concert
I want to write this while still basking in the afterglow. It was a thrill to be among the 40,000 fans at the Paul McCartney concert last night. We were there! By "we" I mean three of my sisters and one brother-in-law, my son and his wife, two of my friends and their husbands -- those are the ones I know of. We didn't all sit together, we were scattered about. Where I was sitting, the seats were wonderful -- I had a great view of the stage. I knew this would be good, but had no idea how truly fantastic it would be.
From the time McCartney took the stage around 8 p.m. until he exited at 11-ish, he was singing, dancing, playing all kinds of instruments, telling stories, and entirely positive and upbeat. We all felt that he really was thrilled to be performing for us. And the band members, too. Each one appeared to not only be really into the performance, but also truly having the time of their lives doing it.
I feel infused with so much positive energy today, I am practically floating.
And speaking of the band, really, what a sound from the most basic group. A drummer, a bass, a lead guitar, and a keyboard -- and Paul switching off with every tune. The band did the backup singing too. The synergy of the group was marvelous. You could tell they liked being together.
This was an event I've waited for for 46 years. I've been a Beatles fan since there were Beatles. The experience was everything I expected and more. And now it's a memory, but it will be among the treasured memories of my lifetime.
And one thing I take away from the experience is the importance of producing positive energy in our lives. Paul has certainly suffered tragedy and trial. But he emerges smiling and happy, and then proceeds to make thousands of people around him feel happy too. I have a desire to do the same with my small life -- to greet each day with a positive energy that feels good to me and influences those whose lives touch mine that day.
The final words of the concert: And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.