We’re all in the mood for a melody and you got us feelin’ alright
Last night, the boy and I ventured into the city to see Billy Joel and Elton John at Wrigley. I have officially crossed another item off my bucket list! I’m a pretty big Billy Joel fan.
We were like Country Come To Town, driving around Wrigleyville in our Taurus, “Where’s the stadium? Should we park here? Do you think we’ll be late?” I prepared like a soccer mom, afraid we’d be on wet bleachers so I brought a vinyl table cloth, afraid I’d get cold, so I brought a blanket, afraid I’d get rained on, so I brought a trench coat and a baseball cap, afraid I wouldn’t be able to see anything, so I brought binoculars. SHUT UP, that’s how I work. Granted, we sat under a roof so the only thing I used was the binoculars (thankyouverymuch) but I’m glad I was crazy prepared. Sigh, we’ve turned into true suburbanites.
The concert was phenomenal, even from the third row from the top. I’ve actually seen Elton John in concert before, when I was 12 or 13. He wasn’t able to hit those high notes in Benny and the Jets back then so I knew not to be disappointed when he left the “la la la la las” up to the audience in Crocodile Rock. I don’t know Elton John’s music as well as I do Billy Joel’s so his set was just decent for me. He looked freaking fabulous, though.
Billy Joel rocked the place. He was much more personable with the audience and honestly, a little crude. But he’s a rockstar with bajillions of dollars, so he can do and say whatever he wants (aaaaand lord knows he does). He made some weird song choices, though. “Allentown” but not “For the Longest Time” ? “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” but not “To Make You Feel My Love” ? Halfway through the concert, I had to calm myself down in case he didn’t end up playing my favorites. I was coming to terms with zoning out during “Zanzibar” and singing “Only the Good Die Young” to myself. But by the end of the night and the “Piano Man” finale, Billy and sometimes Elton had played every single song I had wanted to hear. There was seriously nothing cooler than the two of them duetting “Uptown Girl” and “You May Be Right.” I was NOT expecting to hear “She’s Always a Woman” (MY SONG!) or “We Didn’t Start the Fire” so those were highlights of my evening.
If you have a chance to see this tour, it’s so worth it to see some great legends. This was the music I grew up listening to. This is MY feel good music, my default music, the stuff that ALWAYS makes roadtrip mixed CDs.
It got me thinking, though. Who are the modern day equivalents of these icons? Who are our kids going to see in 20+ years because their parents (us) always turned up their music on the radio? I asked myself this question and came up with a few of the most significant artists currently making music: John Mayer, Coldplay, Green Day, Kelly Clarkson. Who would you add to this list?