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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Mrs. C dragged me to another concert 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.
And then.
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!
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21 comments:

  1. Concerts are not for me. Never where. Loud, too many people. Too many people. Too many people. Oh did I say that already.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I'm with you! Don't like crowds anymore. Plus am paying for those many rock concerts in my past with constant annoying tinnitus for many years now....

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  2. That video warmed the cockles of my heart, whatever they are!!

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  3. Aw..look at her go. Pure joy. That just had to make you feel good all over.

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  4. Video wouldn't stop loading for me, but that's terrific!

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  5. Wow, Rod Stewart is 74??! I still picture him as he was when he sang "The First Cut is the Deepest" and "Georgie Boy".....where have the years gone.....

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  6. I've been to see Paul McCartney a few times; I think the last time I saw him, he had just turned 70, and that was a few years ago. Man, I hope I have half that energy when I'm 70. . .

    I remember seeing the Who (or what's left of 'em) when they did the Super Bowl halftime a few years back. There was something comic/pathetic about a couple guys who were at least deep into their 60s at the time, singing "Hope I die before I get old." Too late, dudes. . .

    Sweet piece of video. . . thanks

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  7. They were in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago and we both worked that day so we couldn't attend. It got rave reviews from friends who went.
    We had cassette tapes of both artists and completely wore them out.
    R

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  8. As you say, music is very powerful. Glad that handicapped woman enjoyed the show as much as you did.

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  9. I like both of them, but not enough to go to a concert! They have so many hits, I wonder how they decided which ones to perform. I like Rod Stewart's "Handbags and Gladrags," and Cyndi Lauper's "Money Changes Everything."

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  10. I've seen Rob Stewart perform at a Advanced Micro Devices company party in the Silicon Valley. He kept kicking soccer balls into the crowd. I wanted one so bad to give to my youngest son who played soccer.

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  11. I love both of them but have never seen them in concert. Your video was wonderful and I thought how cool it would be to do something in this life that would touch so many people with joy.

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  12. I would like to see both of them myself, the handicapped woman getting up and dancing when Cyndi sang had to be a highlight of the evening.

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  13. She just wanted to have fun and finally found her fun. Would have loved to see Rod Stewart, Cindi Lauper too, just to wonder how she "held up."

    betty

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  14. That was lovely to see. I don't think there are many things stronger than the power of music. I was stuffing my face with brownies when I clicked on to your blog, but put the plate away when I read "Cyndi weighs about 12 pounds" so thank you.

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  15. wow.... 74 years old and still going strong. You can see the spark in his eyes.

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  16. Aww, my cockles got a jump start also. Sweet story and video.

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  17. Video just kept perpetually loading for me, too. FWIW R is no longer used -- was DD for years, but think was changed some years ago to Intellectual Disability.

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  18. They were in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago and we both worked that day so we couldn't attend. It got rave reviews from friends who went.

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  19. Cyndi Lauper is over sixty? Wasn't she in her mid-thirties a minute ago?

    Happy this woman got to enjoy the song so much.

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