Thursday, September 4, 2014
Not Too Old To Listen To Something New
While caught up in our parenting moments, we sometimes forget how many things our children teach us. I've learned so much from my boys, and just when I think I know them, they surprise me.
In the past few years, C and T have taught me a lot about music.
Both my hubby and I are big music fans, and it has been part of our household since we were married. We have always enjoyed an eclectic mix of bands and artists, and together we've attended more concerts than I can count. Sadly, neither of us can play an instrument, so we made sure the boys were exposed to piano at an early age.
I like to think that we are forward thinking in our musical tastes. At least we used to be. But then we started to...ahem...age, and nothing sounds as good as our old favorites. By the way, when did music get so loud?
Recently, the boys have reminded us how fun it is to discover new music. They often have us listen to songs they've found, and they have taken me to some interesting concerts. A few months ago, T asked if we could go to Bumbershoot this year. That brought back some memories - we hadn't been since college.
Bumbershoot is a music and comedy festival held at the Seattle Center. It started in 1971 and has grown to one of the largest music festivals in North America. Through the years there have been some great performances. Heart, The Eurythmics, James Brown, Death Cab for Cutie, The Foo Fighters, and Tina Turner have all played here, as well as many up and coming groups.
Of course we arrived early - because my hubby gets everywhere early. Which was actually a good thing, because we were able to stroll around before the throngs of people arrived.
We hung out for awhile at the Starbucks Stage, enjoying the Hot Wired Rhythm Band. The view of the Space Needle and the music were pretty great!
After that things started hopping, and we listened to We Are Scientists (really, really good), Hobosexual (hmm...interesting?), a horror-pop band (don't even ask), Red Fang (did I mention music has gotten really loud?), and The Replacements (hey, I know them!). We let the boys choose the schedule, and they did a pretty good job.
We also attended a few comedy shows and visual arts displays. By the end of the day I was exhausted but happy. It was so fun to experience different music again, and I have my boys to thank for teaching me that I'm not too old to listen to something new (even if they are wearing black tutus and screaming instead of singing - I'm talking to you Schoolyard Heroes). Rock on!