Hubby won tickets from a radio station to see Mark Knopfler in concert. He calls me up after he won and asked if I would like to go on a date with him on July 31. I, of course, couldn’t refuse a date with my husband. 😉
Now, I will have to admit I had no idea who Mark Knopfler was. Scott (hubby) mentioned something about Dire Straits and I knew who Dire Staits was, but I didn’t know if Mark had been a member of that band or what, but because hubby was excited about it, I tried to be, too.
But, as the days approached, I got more nervous. Nervous for several reasons.
One – our daughter, who has babysit PLENTY of times, was going to babysit, but we were going to be over an hour away. I was nervous about leaving the kids in her care when we were that far away. We took care of that issue by placing two families in the call list for emergencies.
Two – the concert was going to be in Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. I am a HOMEBODY. I love my city, a bedroom community to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It’s not the country, but not a crowded city. I get nervous traveling into the larger cities. It’s simply out of my comfort zone. So, the closer July 31 came, the sweatier my palms became. And had it not been for the fact that my husband asked me on a date to go with him to this concert, I would have bowed out.
Three – I’m not a huge fan of secular music. Where my heart is right now, is in music that specifically worships the Lord. But the music has to be good and have heart, so I don’t listen to radio Christian stations, either. I have the songs I love on my iPod and my iPod comes with me everywhere I go. I enjoy listening to secular music, a song at a time, when nostalgia hits, but I really cannot handle, spiritually, more than a song at a time. So, I was nervous about spending a few hours in a setting with secular music.
Four – I have a difficult time being around the egos of the rock world. I just don’t like it. I thought that I would probably be encountering that and was not looking forward to it.
Well, July 31 arrived and I was ready to go when Scott got home from work. We left around 6:30 and encountered a rainstorm and a traffic accident on the way. Not something we had planned, but it wasn’t too bad since we were heading south and east and most everyone else was heading north and west to come home from work. The actual drive into Miami Beach (99% highways) was not bad at all, and I suppose I will even say that Miami Beach is very beautiful (as long as I don’t have to live there :D).
We got to the theatre, paid for valet parking and found our seats. The lights went down as we were walking toward the row, but we found them ok. We were on the 3rd floor just a little off center on the left (our left). A female singer named Jessica Hooper (can’t find any info on her as of yet) opened. She was good. Talented. Not my style, but she was good.
Then Mark and his team came out. Wow. I enjoyed every song. I had such a great time and I’m so glad that Scott invited me to go with him. It was great hearing the different instruments, from upright bass, to ukulele, to keyboards, a violin and many more. This band worked so well with each other and it was great not sensing an ego. It was great to just enjoy the music without having to cringe because I was offended spiritually by something. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this concert. And it was their last show of the tour. I’m glad I was able to go.