So I haven’t worked for the last week or so. This was my rest and re-charge time to start off the summer. Last Monday-Thursday were spent just sitting around resting, relaxing, and crafting. I’ve started trying to make my own Mickey Mouse ears…the intention is to eventually get them to a quality that I could sell them, but right now I’m having fun with the creative process and using my sewing machine. I never knew that this and a hot glue gun could amuse me so much, but I guess that’s the point. The trick for me is to not hot glue my fingers together, or stab myself with a needle, so that’s half the fun (can you tell I don’t have a lot of faith that I won’t bleed on something?).
Anyway, on Tuesday I saw that Dan + Shay were going to be playing “Pickin’ On the Patio” at Warner Music Nashville the next day. That’s a free show that Warner artists do from time to time (I remember Blake Shelton doing it sometime last summer), and it was especially cool because it was a 21+ show. Maybe I’m just an old fogey now, but I’m getting to the point where I’m excited about having assigned seats at a concert, when two years ago, even, I’d be like “FRONT ROW OR DONT GO LET’S STAND OUTSIDE ALL DAY LONG AND THEN STAND FOR ANOTHER 8 HOURS INSIDE THE VENUE!!!” Yeah now not so much. I don’t know if it’s priorities changing or just being plain old tired, but I enjoy not dealing with as many younger folks and being able to sit down. Oh well. Anyway, there was free alcohol (which I didn’t partake in, being by myself, and plus I’m not a big drinker) and free food, so the whole situation didn’t suck. It was a really fun show, too. They have some great songs and are great vocalists (Shay Mooney reminds me of Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts with all of his vocal gymnastics, which is probably the biggest compliment I can give, and I’ll explain why in a minute). They played some songs off of their new album “Obsessed,” and a couple of their old songs and some covers. It was kind of poetic and really cool, though, because their last song was their first single “19 You + Me.” I thought that the weather might cooperate, but it started raining as soon as they started playing the song…me, being the old fogey, had planned for bad weather and had brought my umbrella, so at least the top half of my body was dry, but by the end of the song, it was basically a downpour outside. Normally I would have been ridiculously mad at standing out in the rain for a show (again, old fogey), but I felt like that was the first time in a LONG time that I had just kind of let go and enjoyed the moment. It was really cool. I even enjoyed the almost 3 block walk back to my car in the pouring rain. And shoutout to Music Row parking to make sure that I constantly worry about whether or not my car is going to be towed at any moment. LOL
So that was Tuesday…then Friday, a friend and I piled in the car with her doggie and made the trip to Cherokee, North Carolina to see Rascal Flatts play at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. To sum up my feelings about Rascal Flatts (I’d need a whole different blog post to go into the details), I started going to their shows 10 years ago…they’ve been a constant source of happiness and good times for me since then, and I’ve met friends that have become family because of them. What a lot of people don’t understand is that Rascal Flatts aren’t the ONLY reason that we’re all friends, but they’re never going to understand it and that’s okay. But I love and appreciate them and the good times that they’ve given me. Anyway, we all travel to see them quite often, and this was going to be the first time I’ve seen them play in a casino. I needed the getaway, to be quite honest. It was a pretty easy drive, only about 4 and a half hours from Nashville. Cherokee (and I guess the Maggie Valley area near it) was so cute! Very Gatlinburg-esque. I want to go again just to explore more of it. Anyway, we got there and just hung out a little bit and met up with another friend of ours that was going to the show as well. This was all very weird because we are used to having general admission pit seats for them, and we hardly EVER have assigned seats. So here we were showing up 45 minutes before the doors opened and not having to run anywhere. I had to fight the urge to just run somewhere. LOL We all got ourselves a snack and/or beverage and headed to our seats. I knew this would be a weird one because the clientele at the casino was mostly…old people. There’s no other (nicer) way to put it. This crowd wanted to sit down and simply watch the show and dance in their seats. I just can’t do that. I made it for a little while, but eventually I stood up (I was sitting by myself because my friends and I got our seats separately) and danced in front of my seat with no shame (and also with the help of my beverage. Oops. :D). What was also weird was that Gary asked the crowd how many of us had seen them live before, and two-thirds of the crowd raised their hands. Anyway, it was a great show, per usual. I had just seen them in Augusta, Georgia back in April and loved it because it was a more stripped down version of their normal show…their band is down to just 3 extra people (besides Gary, Jay, and Joe Don), no backup singers (hallelujah), no big giant production of video screens, etc.. I had a lot of fun just letting go and again, enjoying the moment. I’m trying to do that more and just lighten up overall, so I’m happy that I got the chance to do so.
A few pictures. 😀
After I see them, I usually decide to go to some other random show when I’ve sworn it off and said that I need to be responsible, and yeah…it’s happened again. Probably seeing them again in about 3 weeks in North Carolina, but that’s a show that I usually go to, so I’m justifying it by saying that it’s tradition. Yes, that’s it. 😀
We came back on Saturday and for the rest of that day and Sunday I just tried to relax as much as possible. I started my new summer job today, so I don’t know how much time I’ll have to relax from here on out, but I’m okay with that. I like keeping busy, so hopefully I can do that and throw in some fun where I can. CMA Fest is coming up, so that will undoubtedly bring some extra shenanigans into my life, so I say bring it on.