Let There Be LIVE Music

A few posts ago, I mentioned I would write about an experience I had on August 1st of this year.  As you can probably guess by the title of this post, I experienced LIVE music.  That’s to say, I went to an outdoor concert which had five bands playing over several hours.

Before I get to my concert experience, I want to share a little background.  I mentioned in a previous post (you can view it here) I grew up in a musical family.  Music was a big part of my life, as it is with most teenagers.  I listened to and played music from all genres, rock, country, swing, jazz, blues, classical, you name the genre and I listened to it.

As an active teenager, I attended my share of concerts.  As our boys grew up, my wife and I took them to concerts so they could enjoy seeing and hearing the music live.  A few years ago, while attending a KISS concert with my sons, I realized all the music was the same.  All the notes, the vocals, the beats, everything was the same.  I could no longer differentiate between songs, instruments, vocals, I was done.  I stopped attending concerts, I stopped attending any live performance at all.

Now, I have cochlear implants.  I am listening to music again.  The next logical step would be to attend a concert and see if I could enjoy live music, not just live music but music I didn’t know.  My wife mentioned Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean were coming in August, I bought tickets.  We were going.

As the date of the concert grew closer, we found out there would be other bands.  We weren’t just going to see Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, we were going to see five bands.  It was going to be a long day/night for us.

Arriving at the stadium (yes, it was an outdoor concert held in the football stadium) we made our way through the entrance and found our way down to the field.  We went to the field because I decided if I was going to do this, I was going to get as close as possible to the stage.  And we did.  My wife and I both could easily reach out and touch the stage.

First stop was the kiosk selling the requisite concert t-shirts and mementos.  Then a quick stop for beverages and down to the field we went.

Apparently, those two quick little stops took longer than I realized.  By the time we made it to the field and staked out our claim by the stage the first groups was finishing up their set.  We did manage to catch a couple of their songs, though.

Old Dominion

#OldDominion

As luck would have it, just as I snapped a pic, they all had their backs to the crowd.

During Old Dominion’s last songs, I played with the settings of my processors to find where the music would sound best.  After fiddling around for a few minutes, I found a sweet spot and left it there.

Next up was Cole Swindell.  This guy was having a blast, there was no way for him to hide it.

#ColeSwindell

#ColeSwindell

After Cole came Brantley Gilbert.

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Brantley was another one who was obviously have fun that night.

#BrantleyGilbert

#BrantleyGilbert

The main acts were still to come.

First up was Jason Aldean.  I wasn’t really familiar with him other than recognizing his name.  I have to admit, his music will get you moving, if it doesn’t, you probably should see a doctor.

#JasonAldean

#JasonAldean

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I know this isn’t the best framing with the two arms in the way but, I like how he looks in this picture.

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Lastly, Kenny Chesney.  Sadly, these are the only two pictures of him I managed to get in focus, and they are poor pictures.  This guy just moves around too damn fast and never stops long enough to get a picture.  High Energy, that’s Kenny Chesney.

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#KennyChesney

#KennyChesney

So, I’m sure you’re asking, “How was it? Did it make sense?”

In a word, Yes.

It was challenging at first.  As I mentioned earlier, I had to play around with the settings for my processors to find that sweet spot for the night.  Then, since these were performers I was not familiar with, it took some time to recognize the nuances to their music.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the night.  And while I will definitely attend concerts again, I don’t think we’ll be getting that close to the stage again.  We’ll leave that to the young’uns.

Until next time

Rob … the deaf guy

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