Sunday, September 20, 2009
People watching their teenage hearttrob in concert 40 years after their teenage years
First of all, this is yesterday's post! Because I was in Branson, MO with my mom, at a BJ Thomas and Dionne Warwick concert. BJ Thomas was my mom's teenage heartthrob. I had to look him up...he's brought us great songs like Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head and the Family Ties themesong. I know! Right now "we've got each other, sharing the laughter and love, sha la la la" keeps running through my head. So, we get to the theater and I am BY FAR the youngest person there. Not only am I the youngest person there, but I am the only person there my age. Actually, there was an eight year old there but he doesn't count because he didn't have a choice. On our left sat a couple from Houston TX that took a week of vacation to travel and see this concert. And to our right was a couple that skipped the Razorback game to go to the concert and a lady who sang every single word of every single song...and couldn't have been more enthusiastic about it. The lights dimmed, BJ Thomas stepped out on the stage, and as he started to sing his first song there was some kind of problem with the sound system. We didn't know it was the sound system though, and you could see the verdict written on everyone's face...the poor guy has lost it. What happened to him? He got so........old. The air smacked of disappointment. Then he started to sing another song...a song everyone knew. And he sounded like himself. Sound system glitch resolved. He's still got it. That's when the good stuff really got started. It was so fun to see everyone reliving a piece of their past...remembering how they felt and what they were doing each time they heard his songs. Most people remembered all the words to all of the songs and sang all of them (out of key of course). I actually get all teary thinking about it. I'm not sure if I will feel this way when I see New Kids on the Block 20 years from now, but I hope so. Today I am thankful that I got to see people watching their teenage heartthrob in concert 40 years after the fact.