Here’s another “amazing weekend” recap! This time, it didn’t take me quite as long to get to it!
This past weekend, the 3rd and 4th of August, I had what I am calling my “hearing songs with my name in them performed live” weekend!
On Friday, August 3rd, I worked at Contours again, then drove back to Milwaukee, where Danielle and I went to the Boston concert. Starship opened, and there’s a pic above of us enjoying that - pardon the weird cropping, as it’s a selfie!
I was unaware that we were going to see Starship, but excited nonetheless! I knew almost all of the songs they played, and let me tell you - the people watching was AMAZING the whole concert!
Then Boston came on… A few days prior, I learned that the original lead singer of Boston had taken his own life, and was replaced by a singer who had formerly worked at Home Depot and sent videos to the band and was hired! (Here’s an interview with him about his story.)
It was SO AMAZING to watch him perform… The singer (with the high voice on the harmonies) who sings “Amanda” was cheesy - he literally had a fan blowing at his face the whole concert, which looked absurd! The other band members put on a great show… But Tommy DeCarlo, the new lead singer was very obviously living his dream. He was looking at many individuals in the crowd and pointing at them and talking to them. He kept randomly jumping or running around the stage. To me, it was like watching someone who had won a contest to be in the band of their dreams for a day, but that is his every day. I was so inspired by him! I hope that’s what people think of me when they see me at work, living my dream!
Here’s a video of the chorus of Amanda, just for me! (I filmed it on my iPhone, so sorry for the less than amazing quality!)
This is a video someone else put on YouTube of Boston performing live this year with the new lead singer, and it gives a great idea of what Danielle and I saw!
After the show, I was in an amazing mood… So Danielle and I decided we’d go to Hotel Foster, one of my favorite bars in Milwaukee, and conveniently located between my and Danielle’s places! On the walk there, I was talking about how I had had “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond stuck in my head since I saw him on July 8th (by the way, it is still in my head), and Danielle wasn’t sure she knew it, so I played it on our walk from the concert to Hotel Foster, and did my little shimmy that I MUST do when I hear the song!
When it was over, I played a few other choice jams, by Neil Diamond, Eddie Murphy, and others. Then we got to the bar, ordered some drinks and sat down and talked. Shortly after, Danny Noonan (yes, I’m for real, sweetest name ever!), who was one of my first ever facebook friends (though neither of us really remembers how we actually met) sat down with us, and we talked… Then his friends joined, and it was a fun time! Over the course of the night, awesome songs that make me shimmy just like Cracklin’ Rosie does kept coming on… However, it was quite cold in Hotel Foster, so I also kept shivering! It became a game - Danny had to guess if I was moving the way I was because I was cold, or because I was getting my dance on. So, I’ve decided that “songs that make me shimmy” is going to become a blog feature at least once a week.
The next day, Danielle and I worked together at Contours (yeah, I drove back and forth to Madison twice in a weekend), and then I came back to Milwaukee, and went to dinner with my mom… After dinner, we went to the Barry Manilow concert. Yes, the Man(ilow) himself! This is the man who inspired my mom to name me! Apparently, she was 14 and heard the song, and said she was going to have one daughter, and she was going to be named Mandy. Here I am! I dropped the “y” and changed it to “ie” sometime in 6th grade, but I’m still named after Barry’s song!
While most of his songs sounded the same to me, I couldn’t deny that he put on a great show! I took some pics, shown above, but for some reason, he turned out white and glittery in all of them, except those on the screen!
Here’s a video of him singing “Mandy” just for me! (I recorded it with my camera, still not awesome, but a little better!)
I had so much fun and was exhausted, so after the concert, I went straight to bed (which I am betting was the case for most of the attendees, who were largely middle aged women and older, haha).
On Sunday, I went to Tommy’s Pro-Am game, took a nap after, and headed to the state fair… All in all, a great weekend!
Here’s the first installment of “Songs that make me Shimmy!”