Mrs. C dragged me to another concert the last night. Actually, much as I usually hate concerts, this was one I wanted to attend. The stars of this show were Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper. I like Rod Stewart, but I was especially looking forward to Cyndi. She is a personal favorite. The venue was the Garden State Arts Theater, an open air amphitheater which is only a half hour away and is an excellent facility.
Both artists were terrific. Both have not lost a thing from their unique voices despite Rod being 74 years old and Cyndi over sixty. Cyndi weighs about 12 pounds, but her powerful almost cartoon-like voice is amazing. Both Rod and Cyndi are consummate professionals and they put on a great show.
One fun thing about a concert aside from the performers, is the veritable smorgasbord of people watching. This concert was no exception. Young, old, skinny and fat, high clappers, isle dancers, beer can swillers, there were interesting people to watch that would suit any voyeurism taste.
I was particularly interested in an obvious Cyndi Lauper fan. An older woman was wheel-chaired in to a seat in the row just in front of us. I could tell she was a Cyndi fan as she was dressed in a Cyndi-like all pink outfit, her hair was dyed a Lauper-like bright red and she had a red flower in her hair. The woman was by demeanor and facial characteristics clearly Special…Intellectually Challenged, or dare I say it, the R word.
It took the Cyndi fan several minutes to transfer from the wheelchair to her walker and finally to settle into her seat. Throughout Cyndi’s performance, she politely applauded, but otherwise seemed unable to show much emotion.
Cyndi broke out into one of her signature hits, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Much of the audience, especially the ladies, stood and clapped and danced during this piece.
I was surprised to look over and see the Challenged, very overweight Cyndi fan who earlier could barely get into her seat, stand up and dance. It was quite touching to see this severely disabled lady who spent much of the concert motionless rise up and dance joyfully.
The power of music!