Woo! This is my last week of being a semi-responsible human being before I launch into a full-blown responsible adult status. I got myself a new job and so I start working 2 jobs like a big kid. I’m feeling all inspired by my success as I move past things that have tried to bring me down and all those lazy people that told me I should give up, but fearful for all I’ve taken for granted in my easy life these past years. Makes me think of Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s ‘Ode’:
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamer of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
What have I taken for granted, you ask? This translates into less time for concerts, which is a major part of my summer. But I made myself a wishlist of sorts – my concert dreams. Unbelievable, that after all the concerts I’ve been to I haven’t found the time/money to see these artists.
Tom Petty — I don’t know the last time he was in Chicago, but I remember that I was poor.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Depending on how crafty I am, I should be able to see them this May! Yaay!
Dave Matthews Band/Dave Matthews — Seriously?? SERIOUSLY. How have I not seen this band? They come to Alpine every freakin’ year!
Stevie Wonder — When Bonnaroo accidentally posted their lineup from 2009 on 2010’s Zoltaroo page I flipped when I saw Stevie Wonder. If only I had the money in ’09.
The Black Crowes — They played with Tom Petty when I was poor. I was heartbroken. Supposedly my friend Michelle’s brother is opening for them/opened for them this year?
Pearl Jam — I missed PJ20 last year for my dear cousin’s wedding, so I can’t be TOO upset about that.
Jack White — Supposedly he played an acoustic set on the wooded trail back to the campsites last year at Bonnaroo. Where I was for this I don’t know, but if that really happened I wanna kick myself!
John Butler Trio — I feel like I need to see them at the Red Rocks. Perhaps that’s just because of their live album. Here’s the thing… this band puts out music of all varieties and I love each one the same. PRIME example: I absolutely adore the song “Return to Faraway Downs” from the Australia soundtrack, and just recently found out that John Butler Trio wrote and performed the damn thing. Gosh, he’s just amazing.
The Doobie Brothers — I’ve almost seen them like 6 times and something always goes wrong. Not meant to be? I won’t accept that.
OK Go — If their concerts are half as entertaining as their videos I’ll flip out.
So hopefully all this gets remedied this summer (or rather, those actually touring), but I’m a mover and a shaker. I need to keep on truckin’ and not let myself be selfish or irresponsible by jeopardizing a career for a concert.