Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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OR MY MONEY, there are few things in life better than live music. My wife and I recently fulfilled a bucket list event when we attended a Pearl Jam concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field. I love the feeling of live music vibrating against your chest as the speakers thump out the beat. ere is a unique sense of community you get while singing at the top of your lungs with an entire stadium of music lovers who are also belting out the lyrics to a favorite song. Picture 40,000 fans singing in unison, "She dreams in colour she dreams in red, can't find a better man." On the drive home from Chicago, my wife and I played a car game involving key concerts we have attended over the years. You can learn a lot about a person by how they answer these four questions: What was your first concert? What was the best concert you ever saw? If you could see anyone in concert, alive or dead, who would it be? What was your most recent concert? FIRST CONCERT: My first concert was the Statler Brothers at a free Derby Festival concert at Freedom Hall that my mom took us to see. Country music is not my favorite genre, but at 8 years old, I fell in love with their song, "Counting Flowers on the Wall." A few months after the concert, I saw an ad on TV for the Statler Brothers Greatest Hits. I called the 1-800 number, and the album was delivered COD a week later. For all of you in the iTunes generation, COD is an acronym for "cash on delivery," which is where you pay cash to the UPS guy when he arrives with your album. Getting music delivered to your home in the seventies was much tougher than today. By Ray Lucas This first concert introduced me to one of my favorite aspects of music: the imaginary concert starring me as lead singer with the music cranked up loudly. I have vivid memories of turning the volume up on that COD album in my room and singing into a pencil, "Playin' solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one/ Smokin' cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo/ now don't tell me I've nothin' to do." BEST CONCERT: Deciding on the best concert ever is a tough task. I hit the lottery with my wife, as she is as into music just as much as me, so we have seen a lot of great shows. While still dating, we endured 102-degree heat to attend our first Bonnaroo Music Festival in an open field in the middle of Tennessee. My favorite show was Kings of Leon, but I'm pretty sure my wife fell in love with me for going to see all of her chick-music bands: Tori Amos, Ingrid Michaelson and Brandi Carlisle. e things we do for love. Two years later, we made our second trip to Bonnaroo only six months after my wife gave birth to our son. We can talk dedication to live music, but until you can say you left the Radiohead concert to pump milk in the car for your still-nursing toddler at home with grandma, you have nothing on my wife. We also saw Prince at the Louisville Palace, My Morning Jacket at the Iroquois Amphitheatre and Trampled by Turtles at the Brown eatre. Solo, I've been fortunate to see the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, Jimmy Buffett at Riverbend, Jason Isbell in the front row of the Boulder eatre and Crosby Still, Nash and Young at the Louisville Gardens. ese were all great shows, but the best concert I ever saw was the Rolling Stones at the old Cardinal Stadium. My college roommate and I didn't have the money for concert tickets but decided to pay the $5 parking entry fee at the fairgrounds on the off chance we could at least hear the outdoor concert from our car. We were walking closer to the stadium when we struck up a conversation with this older hippie couple sitting on lawn chairs on top of their van. ey invited us up for a drink and we quickly realized they were parked in a unique spot where they could see over the outfield wall to the stage. We were slightly behind the stage, but we didn't care. a life in progress W hat was Your First Concert? F 66 EXTOL • OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016

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