Friday night I went with my dad to the Paul McCartney concert. My mom and I had gotten the tickets as a Father’s Day gift for him. I will be the first to admit that Paul McCartney did not rank high on my bucket list of concerts to see, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the concert. Here’s why:
1) It was my first concert in over three years. Zach and I used to go to concerts all the time and I’ve been really missing music in my life.
2) Lady Madonna. While singing this song, McCartney had an enormous screen onstage showing faces of influential women: Princess Diana, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Obama, Anne Frank…and many more. This is a man who truly respects women.
3) Singing along to Ob La Di, Ob La Da. Pure fun.
4) Hearing stories about the Beatles and different concerts they did, straight from Paul’s mouth.
5) Nearly 60,000 people singing along to Hey Jude is quite possibly the closest I’ve ever come to a religious experience.
6) Let It Be. Gave me goosebumps, you guys. Truly.
7) A gorgeous sunny summer evening in Seattle, in an outdoor stadium, with warm air and the scent of saltwater blowing in from the Sound.
8) Back in the USSR. Honest to God, I felt like I was in a time warp.
9) The foursome of 40-50 ish year old “adults” a couple rows in front of us, partaking in a newly-legal-in-Washington substance. Picture this: a giant meatball of a man, looking like he belongs on Orange County Choppers, dancing his heart out and singing along to Paperback Writer. Oh yeah.
10) Really big fireworks.
11) The encore. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on stage, playing Nirvana songs and Helter Skelter with Paul McCartney. Pretty awesome.
12) The thing I loved most? I was there spending time with my dad.