I don’t know why I always seem to find myself blogging at midnight, but there I was last night – 12:01 a.m. – sitting at my computer uploading/editing photos.
No wonder my sleep schedule is so screwed up.
I decided it was best to just go to sleep and finish the post today. Even though it IS the weekend, I still need sleep to function!
I just had the privilege to see Johnny Reid in concert. If you’re not familiar with who he is, GET FAMILIAR. He’s the country artist with so much soul that you feel yourself becoming a better person just by listening to him.
Side note: I’m not sure why people are always shocked when they find out I am a country music fan, but there it is…
Now…usually I will throw on my Justins and take my wardrobe colour advice from Mr. Cash, but I felt compelled to ‘spice things up’ for Mr. Reid. I opted for a more Classic look – with my fringe close by as always.
(Okay, I left the hat at home, though that was a decision I carried immediate regret for.)
If you’ve never been to a Johnny Reid concert before, you need to add that one to your bucket list. Whether you’ve heard of him or not, it’s a decision you will not regret.
I knew who Mr. Reid was. I was familiar with his wee songs, but I only learned about the man when he lit up that stadium like the Sun.
Now, I’ve seen many an artist in my time. Music is a huge part of my life, and I go to as many concerts and shows as I can. Perhaps to just feel the rhythm match my own, or perhaps as Johnny said so eloquently himself – to experience something greater than myself. Which I can honestly say I did when I entered those doors to his show.
I was NOT prepared.
Not prepared to laugh so hard because his humour is relatable and so on point.
Not prepared to feel so incredibly surrounded by love, and have it reach my very core.
Not prepared to sing, in such communion, with every other heart and soul beside me there that night.
Not prepared to cry so many tears, for being truly touched with the stories that he shared with us. Stories that reminded us all that we have so much in common; that we all stood there as one.
I was just not prepared at all to feel so many incredible emotions in one night. It was an amazing experience; it’s a night I will never forget. I don’t think I can say I’ve ever been to an event that was so humbling. You could FEEL his gratitude wash over the space, for every single person there, every time he thanked us all for spending our dollars to see him perform. It was absolutely dollars well spent. It is dollars I will spend again and again each time that he rolls through my city.
I left feeling inspired to pursue my dreams even harder. To spread love to all around me. To strive to love within myself just a little more each day. To share my gifts with as many people as I can. To do good, and to be good. ❤
Today, I can more concretely say, Mr. Reid – you are definitely my cup of tea.