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Music Comes Alive May 18, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Music & Dance, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

220px-EdisonDiscLabelBunkOne of my favorite albums in college . . . Frampton Comes Alive.

Another . . . Lynryd Skynyrd, One More From The Road.

Both albums, recorded in concert, caught the energy of the band as it joined with the frenzy of the audience ~ one feeding off the other.

Live music does that.   It comes to life, revealing perfection in imperfection.

During college and law school, I saw some amazing concerts in the late 70′s and early 80’s:

Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Jefferson Starship, Boston, Muddy Waters, Starcastle, Jackson Browne, Grateful Dead, Pure Prairie League, Dave Mason, Bob Seger, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Alabama, Stevie Nicks, Chicago,  Electric Light Orchestra, Seals & Croft, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot, Santana.

After school, I went to concerts less frequently, but got to see:

Dave Matthews (the best!), Bruce Hornsby, Indigo Girls, 10,000 Maniacs, Sarah McLachlan, Natasha Beddingfield, Moody Blues, Chicago, John Eddie, Steve Forbert.

There are some bands I did not see in concert, but wish I had:

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, George Harrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Frampton, Aerosmith, Bruce Springstein, Dan Fogelberg (had the tickets . . . show got canceled!)

I probably saw more . . . but that’s all I can remember at the moment.

That’s where YOU come in ~ please help me jog my memory by sharing concerts you’ve attended (or wish you’d attended) in the comments below. 

In the meantime, we’re off to hear some live music at the Courthouse Square.  A Jazz Band is playing at lunch today.  We’re bringing a picnic.

This evening, we’re going to another live music event . . . on the beach . . . Sunset with Mike Sales.

Music + Nature = Perfect Together

No rules.  Just write!

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1. Cindy - May 18, 2011

You like some good stuff 🙂

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

We had terrific concerts on campus at William & Mary Hall ~ back when concert tickets cost about the same as a record album.

2. Greg Camp - May 18, 2011

I’ve seen Rush and the Dave Matthews Band live several times. Both are excellent shows in their own ways. I wish that I had attended a Pink Floyd concert, but that’s now forever out of reach. Concert videos are sometimes the best that I can do, and I realize that it’s a second choice.

But live concerts aren’t just good for rock or country. “Carmina Burana” is magnificent live, as are many other classical works and operas.

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Excellent point, Greg. I’ve been to some terrific Orchestral concerts ~ both indoors and outdoors.

Some of the best concert videos I’ve seen . . . Dave Matthews Band! He is mesmerizing.

3. Hanson Anderson - May 18, 2011

I have to ask you “Hatch” I asked Eric B this same question in an email. I have no replies yet.

You are going to a desert island. You know the scenario. You can take the total CD collection of the Beatles, or The Rolling Stones.

You have to choose. (No substitutes) Which do you grab.

Beatles or Stones?


nrhatch - May 18, 2011

The Beatles . . . with George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and Lennon’s “solo” stuff.

Hanson Anderson - May 18, 2011

I asked Face Book this Beatles or Stones question…
The answers for being trapped on a desert island with________?

All answers hollered out, “Beatles!” They are all against me. Beatles are literally crawling on my Facebook page
I am holding One Stone…and I am so Alone.


nrhatch - May 18, 2011

You’re not really alone. I love the Rolling Stones too. So, I’ll come over and visit YOU on your desert island for happy hour!

4. Maggie - May 18, 2011

Spyro Gyra – they’re a smooth jazz/fusion band that’s been around since the 70s.

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Good pick, Maggie. I haven’t listened to them in ages. I expect I would like them more now than I did then.

Hanson Anderson - May 18, 2011


Thanks for the idea. I am playing this in the background. It is good thinking music for work…

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Thanks, Hanson. I’ll give them a listen right now.

5. Hanson Anderson - May 18, 2011

I like Spyro Gyra. It has been a while since I have heard that name.


nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Very jazzy! Thanks, Maggie and Hanson!

6. suzicate - May 18, 2011

Big sigh…all the good old music. we still listen to all of it. I find it funny to hear remakes of it that my kids listen to and they are shocked to find it’s been around a long time!

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Last night, watching the movie Daydream Nation, I heard a re-make of Neil Young’s Expecting To Fly. It surprised and delighted me.

7. Rosa - May 18, 2011

Wow, that is an impressive list! I would love love to see Dolly Parton perform… what a dream! And I’d also like to go to Dollywood!!

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

I’ve never been to Dollywood, but I expect that it’s a fun amusement park . . . and you might bump into Dolly herself.

8. earlybird - May 18, 2011

I saw Dire Straits, Elton John (twice), Supertramp, Meatloaf, Ian Drury and the Blockheads, Kate Bush, Chris Rea, Michael Jackson, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, The Police, … hmm (thinks…) I know there were others (at the end of 1970s I worked for a company who managed some groups’ investment portfolios so I got free tickets to Wembley often) but I’m having a senior moment. Or two.

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Ooh . . . love your list ~ especially the first 3! I worked at an outdoor Concert Hall in college during the summers & got to see tons of shows that way. All I’ve heard of Roxy Music is the Avalon CD. Great stuff!

oldancestor - May 18, 2011

Roxy Music, eh? That earns you some serious cool points, earlybird.

earlybird - May 19, 2011

It was Bryan Ferry who stole the show. He was SO sexy, diminutive in a large white shirt and black leather trousers on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Men and women alike were sitting on the edge of their seats! I’ve never forgotten it.

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

What a great venue ~ Royal Albert Hall. 🙂

9. kateshrewsday - May 18, 2011

Queen at Wembley were fab…the It’s a Kind of Magic tour.
Saw Michael Jackson, a miniscule matchstick figure bobbing around on the stage. Quite a guy.

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

I never saw Jackson. I might have seen Queen in Philadelphia. The details are hazy.

At this point, I enjoy watching concert videos more than going to concerts ~ I can adjust the volume, no crowds, better “seats,” fully stocked bar, no lines for the bathroom, and the close ups are awesome. 😉

10. Vixter2010 - May 18, 2011

Wow long list very cool! I’ve seen Madonna, Britney, Justin, Michael Buble, Spice Girls, Jools Holland, Westlfe, Leona Lewis. I’d like to see Taylor Swift.
Thanks for the link!

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Loved your post today ~ Joni, Carole King, Bowie, Elton, Carly . . . such talent. How dull life would be without music!

11. Piglet in Portugal - May 18, 2011

Hmmm I saw “hawkwind”, Suzie Quatro, Deep Purple,Santana, ((Gene Pitney (mr Piglets choice not mine))crikey the memories fading. I went off rock music in the late 70’s with the introduction of punk rock ie sid vicious and boon town rats.
A lot of bands are just “manufactured” now. Thy don’t play their won instruments and alot can’t sing.

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Bands these days are not like the music we grew up with in the 70’s and 80’s . . . that’s for sure. 🙂

But there are bands from the 90’s that I enjoyed ~ Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, Enya, Lorenna McKennitt, Hootie and the Blowfish, Collective Soul.

These days I almost never listen to “contemporary” music. I’m sure I would enjoy some of it, but there’s too much to wade through.

12. oldancestor - May 18, 2011

Good grief.I’ll have to come back later in the week.

I’ll tell you who I’ve never seen, damn it: Bowie. Gotta see Bowie before one of us kicks the bucket.

nrhatch - May 18, 2011

Bowie singing “Changes” . . . yup! 😀

13. Tilly Bud - May 19, 2011

Wow, you’ve seen a lot.

My music tastes are not as conservative as my concert list would suggest:

Cliff Richard
Right Said Fred
Larry Norman

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

I was “in the right place at the right time.” And I could afford to go to them because ticket prices were reasonable.

In college, and at my summer job at the Arts Center, concerts filled my life. I also had a job during college in a Pub (the Hoi Polloi) with great local bands playing a few times a week.

14. eof737 - May 19, 2011

I owned the Frampton Comes Alive album and played it over and over again… “Baby I love Your Way” was my anthem… Such memories!
I still go to concerts and have one coming up next month… Sade & John Legend. I just love the energy and the new friends you make… 🙂

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

Do you, YOU, feel like I do . . . ?

Have a wonderful time at the concert, E!

15. speccy - May 19, 2011

Do get to see Springsteen if you can- fabulous, fun and energetic. I’ve seen him several times, and would always want to go back. Well worth any effort.
I saw Dolly Parton, and she was everything I’d expected her to be- tiny, OTT, funny and an amazing singer.
I don’t get to as many concerts as I’d like to any more, but I know what you mean about the concert dvds though- easier and cheaper.

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

Bruce grew up in Freehold, the town next to mine in NJ, and played at the Stoned Pony in Asbury Park on a regular basis.

What I wouldn’t give to go back in time to see him play there. 😀

oldancestor - May 19, 2011

You could have seen old OA at the Stone Pony back in the day. A decidedly underwhelming experience for me, what with the leaking roof and being stuck on weeknights because nobody knoew who we were.

You ever try to draw a crowd to a tumbledown rock club on a Monday night?

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

The Stone Pony aged faster than we did. 😉

But how many bands can say they played on the same stage as Bruce?

16. Baxter Bunny - May 19, 2011

Oh my, if I wrote all the concerts I’ve been to I’d be here all day and that’s not a lie. I have seen everything from Orchestras, heavy metal,punk, post-punk rock-a-billy, rock, pop, indie, experimental. I haven’t seen too many country, jazz or blues bands. A couple of the really good shows were Duran-Duran, Devo, Alice Cooper, SoundGarden, X, A ton more but my brain got fried from all that noise!

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

As the Grinch would say, Oh, the noise, noise, noise, noise . . .

When I started jotting down the concerts I’d seen, I didn’t expect the list to get as long as it did. I kept remembering one more, and one more. I’ve also seen/heard lots of “smaller” acts ~ jazz, blues, bluegrass, soul, rock, but didn’t include them.

17. flyinggma - May 19, 2011

Went to a KISS concert once, only becuase of who I was dating at the time. Hall and Oates, almost got to go see Elvis in the 70’s but Dad took a handicapped teenager that he helped out with instead. Happy to see that she got to go to the concert. Betty Lou loved Elvis more than anyone I ever knew.

nrhatch - May 19, 2011

That’s cool of your Dad and understanding of you. 😀

And you sparked my memory ~ I saw Hall & Oates at the Garden State Arts Center.

18. oldancestor - May 22, 2011

I fear I will never come up with a proper response, not that anyone was in particular suspense. Let’s just say, “Lots.”

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

No problem. I’ve decided there is no way for me to determine which concerts I attended, and which ones I pictured attending while listening to albums with eyes closed.

Life from the 70’s is just one big purple haze. 😉

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