We certainly don't see as much live music these days as we did when we first met. Back then, I was working at the radio station and getting lots of free tickets to see bands we loved. We were young, didn't have many expenses, lived right in Denver, and most importantly, could function on much less sleep.
Sometimes I miss those days. But mostly I like being home on weeknights and hitting the sack around 10 p.m. after a quiet night on the couch with a book or some TV time.
But every once in a while we have a time period where we happen to see lots of live music in a short period of time, and it reminds me of those days. We've just been through one of those periods and it's been so much fun.
A few weeks ago, we rounded up the neighbors and headed to the Arvada Center to see two of my very favorite musicians in the whole wide world, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. We sat in the middle of the second row and I didn't take my eyes off them for the whole night. A GREAT show as always. That weekend we went to a small music festival in Denver where our friend's band, Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic, was playing. We saw their great set and enjoyed being out in the sunshine with a lot of other families with kids. This is the only picture I have from the day...since the playground is where we spent a lot of the time.
The next Saturday night was our house concert with Ryan Spearman (see post below). No sooner had we recovered from that, and we were attending another house concert at a friend's house the following Monday night. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen were on fire! What a fun treat on a Monday night!
We hadn't gotten enough of Ryan Spearman's music, so that Wednesday, we headed to Colorado Springs after work, had dinner with my in-laws, and headed out to Front Range BBQ to see Ryan play again. We grabbed a table right up front and drank some great beer while listening to Ryan play.
Phew...that's a lot of live music! Oh, and how good it is for the soul. If we could afford it, if Sadie stayed up later than she does, and we didn't need to sleep, we'd surely be enjoying live music most nights of the week. Alas, we just have to treasure these times when our ears are ringing from all the music we've been seeing.
And then there's the live music happening right in our home. Between Brian's banjo playing, my singing whatever song is stuck in my head, and Sadie's rock star moves on her self-proclaimed "stage", we are surely living a musical life.