Often lost for words, but never for strong feelings after good concerts, this sentence bubbled out of me a few years back – and it’s still as fresh and as true as in that particular moment.
It happened when after a concert of one of my favourite bands, I had a drink in the company of good friends. One of my friends, seeing me in my overwhelmed state of bliss, stuck around as there was just no chance for me to go home yet. And, in a very calm but insisting way, slowly but steadily, this friend of mine made me go and talk to my favourite singer, who happened to enjoy a beer with the after-gig crowd. While I waited for my turn, I don’t know how many times I tried to back out and disappear, but my friend was there and just stood his ground for me. He was like a pillar I could lean on when the moment came and I was face to face with the artist.
and… bugger… heeeeelp… ahem… yeah, what to do, to say now??!? While my mind was still desperately reeling and trying to figure out some not too groupie-ish words to express my feelings and fighting my personal mute button, I literally heard myself – to my own surprise – saying loud and clear and from the bottom of my heart :
“I just love your voice!!!”
Man! Never ever will I forget the smile these words lit 🙂
And yeah, of course I checked out his other band, and went to many more concerts of this and that or another of his projects. and yes, it still is as true as it was back then, in that moment, I love the energy of the music, the rhythm, the machines, the guitars and above all, his voice. even bigger joy at a concert, yet looping the cds builds a bridge to the next one.
Anyway, if ever I will manage to clear the airspace to crash my own Admiral Red, I will share whatever stays to give something back. So far, not a drawing, not a song, not a poem, nor any photos yet. but maybe this couple of words are a start.
While waiting for me to find my calling, check out some of Dave Pen’s stuff.