Theme Thursday: I Wanna Rock (But Sadly Have Had Few Opportunities To)

Theme ThursdayTheme Thursday is a rockin’ good time!  Want to be a rock star?  Read my post here and then be sure to read the other posts in the link up by clicking on the Theme Thursday button above.  I even fixed it so it will work this week!

And in case you didn’t figure it out by the title, this week’s theme is concerts.

When I was a kid, I went to a lot of concerts because I was really cool.  I was in a lot of them too, because I was a music sensation! I was a ROCK STAR!

That’s right-I was in concert band, symphonic band, marching band, orchestra…. you get the picture.  Yeah I was the coolest!  Now that I’m older and slowing down because of my advanced age, I don’t do that so much anymore…  Which is too bad because I think I could totally pull off the Ron Burgundy flaming flute solo.

flute fireI went a good portion of my life never having gone to a real rock concert.  It’s not like I didn’t WANT to go, I just never really got the opportunity.  Concerts are expensive, yo!  I have wistfully watched many acts come and go over the years.  I really do envy people that get to go to such things on a regular basis!

I went to my first “real” concert at the ripe old age of 24.  When I started dating my husband, we went to the Iowa State Fair to see a hair band concert.  It was Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Warrant, and Firehouse, I think.  Yes I lose points for not remembering.  Just remember that I was with my new boyfriend and I was in love, k?  However the door prizes for this concert sucked.  Just for going my then boyfriend got a complimentary case of strep throat.  Not just a mild case, I’m talking strep throat so bad that he walked into the ER and breathed and the doctor handed him a prescription.  She could smell the strep on his breath.  I know, ew.

A couple of years ago my parents and one of my very good friends secretly orchestrated a trip for me and my husband to see my friend Marcus and his singing group, The Texas Tenors.  Remember these guys on America’s Got Talent? They made the finals.  I would like everyone to note for the record that is the only year I ever watched a show of that type and probably ever will.  They are a very unique act-think opera meets country.  They’re also extremely nice guys in addition to the fact that they’re extremely talented.

I’d like to think that I was their inspiration, having spent more time than I should have in college making up opera versions of popular songs.  My opera version of “Never Gonna Get It” could have made millions!!!

Yeah, I know him...

Yeah, I know him… one of the best voices on the planet.  All the great ones had humble beginnings.

For my wedding anniversary soon after that we went to see Def Leppard and Heart in concert, once again at the Iowa State Fair.  There was no strep involved this time, but we did lose our voices from singing along at the top of our lungs.  If you are a fan, I highly recommend seeing them live.  It definitely ranks up there in my top life experiences.  They really know how to put on a concert!

There aren’t a lot of groups that I really have that much desire to shell out the money to see live.  Most of the ones I do want to see are iconic and therefore horribly expensive to see live.  Not to mention they’re getting pretty old and who knows how much longer they will be around.  However, if Evanescence or Linkin Park ever come around these parts, I really hope my husband would consider selling an organ or two so maybe I can see them perform, because that really would be the bomb…

rock starsWait!  Where are you going???  Make sure that you’re going over to Something Clever 2.0 to see posts that are probably much more interesting than mine about concerts!

The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Friends

I’m doing the Getting To Know The Blogger 15 Day Challenge, started by A Little Unhinged.  I’ve been answering these questions a little out of order, and I apologize for that!

5) Who were your closest friends as a teenager?

Because I moved often, lasting friendships were hard to find as a child.  Since we’re talking about high school friendships, I actually attended two different high schools many states away from each other.  I started my high school years in Florida.  I hung out with a group of girls who were smart, had wonderful imaginations, and loved books and movies like I did.  When my parents had to move back to the Midwest when I was in 10th grade, I was devastated.  We all stayed in touch for awhile, but as the years progressed we lost touch.  Enter Facebook.  I have been able to reconnect with most of my good friends from that time.  That has been awesome!

As I said, we moved back to my parents hometown when I was in 10th grade.  While I never felt like I fit in like I did in Florida, I did make some good friends.  One of my very best friends was a transplant like me who was in the grade ahead of me.  What I admired most about her was the fact that she never was afraid to be herself.  I, on the other hand, as always afraid of what people would think of me when I let my true colors show.  Another friend was in the grade below me, we shared a similar crazy sense of humor.  I also had my friends from band and some of my honors classes, whom I spent a lot of time with.  Again, I haven’t been the best at keeping in touch, since I moved away from there for college and then for good when I married my husband.  I’ve found most of them on Facebook.  I never see anyone in person, just in print!

While high school wasn’t my favorite time of my life, I do smile to think about the people that I was friends with and have been able to reconnect with in the last few years.   I miss having friends like I did back in those years.  As you’ve figured out, I’ve never been very good about keeping in touch or staying in contact with people, especially in the last few years with all that has happened in my life.  Note to self:  Work on that!

Previous Blogger Challenge Posts-This Could Be Fun:  I’m Doing The 15 Day Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, Where I Grew Up, Favorite Childhood Memories, School, Work, Life