12 Nov 2008 @ 10:47 

Some of you know, Leon and I won two tickets to our choice of venues for the Celtic Thunder Concert from a contest Shelly had at This Eclectic Life. Thank you, Shelly!

We drove an hour to get there in rain — and it was worth it.– (Keep in mind, I don’t LIKE driving in the rain or even on interstates particularly, especially after being side-swiped by a semi months ago – and it was still worth it!)

That “free concert” cost us 20 dollars to park, 23 dollars in french fries, water, and beer; 20 dollars on a CD; and 80 dollars for two comfy sweatshirt jackets…. but we could have not spent anything and wouldn’t have if we went out all the time.

(A bit like our “free tickets” in Seattle to the last preseason game at Safeco Field.)

The concert, though, was awesome. Leon and I, between us, have some directing, acting, dancing, and choreography experience behind us, so, true to ourselves, we found ourselves critiquing some, rather than just enjoying. Whatever sound problems they had at the beginning, they solved, and we fell into roles of audience and just enjoyed.

I found it amusing that the youngest singer, Damian, brought smiles to Leon’s face when he sang “Puppy Love” and, I think, “Young Love”.

“Danny Boy” was a favorite for Leon; he was raised in England. Their live version was much better than what is on the CD.

So, though Damian did a wonderful job singing “Puppy Love”, I give you instead, “Danny Boy”, sung at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York. It shows them all off.

My favorite moments had to be the three drummers alternating among themselves, I am drawn to the primal, Leon says – and… “Ireland’s Call”. Oh my gosh, it was a moment I will remember. They performed it flawlessly and I think without exception, the entire audience was drawn into the song. The videos on You Tube do not capture it, they just don’t, but here it is:

They have concert dates through mid December. It made a nice date night for us. I would do it again.

Now, I have to catch up on work, my modem is working for now, and then there is material to cut for the Good Medicine Project. Have a great music filled day, y’all.

Posted By: Marcia
Last Edit: 12 Nov 2008 @ 10:47

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 16 Oct 2008 @ 13:54 

Irritating: I was on the phone with Apple Support again – about my precious laptop that is not backed up (yet) anywhere. Decision: take it in when the other one is finally fixed (Saturday night, in theory, they are “short-handed”) and have tests run.

Yucky: I finally ate a few minutes ago, but have the headache already. Bah Humbug.

Frustrating: I can’t get anything done on the computer, have to keep powering it down. Yes, it could be something as simple as a corrupted file, but finding it is another thing yet. I’m now keeping a log. AND THE SERVERS OR GREMLINS OR ??? KEEP KNOCKING BLOGS OFF LINE. Shelly’s host is not the same as mine and we are both having issues. I know we are not alone. How do businesses manage?

Good: We were told we might get our new windows in both rooms in about four weeks. Maybe then our electric bill will only be high instead of sky high.

GREAT: I won something great! Shelly of This Eclectic Life had a contest. I was one of three winners of tickets to go see Celtic Thunder in concert. Leon and I now have an excuse to go on a date! I do recall we used to do that – I mean other than just grabbing a quick dinner or hunkering in for American Idol or Ally McBeal, and half the time forgetting to have date night snacks available.

Now, I get ready for a date, how? No worries, I have plenty of time to figure that out. We aren’t going yet. Besides, maybe my daughter-in-law will remind me how. She’s only been married three years, it’s still a recent memory for her.

THANK YOU, SHELLY, FOR HOLDING THE CONTEST. I’m smiling now, not even going to think about the first part of this post, well, maybe just a reminder to back up our computers, all of us.

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Last Edit: 16 Oct 2008 @ 17:56

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 16 Oct 2008 @ 7:34 

today, Fort Worth, TX time to comment on Shelly of This Eclectic Life’s contest post. Hurry. Go. You could win tickets to an awesome concert by Celtic Thunder… Don’t let the word Celtic lull you into thinking it is only Irish Music… Don’t let the word Thunder make you think it is just a bunch of noise. You would be so wrong and so sorry you didn’t enter.

Listen to the videos she has posted, or hop over to YouTube and hear even more. They are giving concerts all across the US, so if you win, you have choices. Just don’t get lost in the videos and forget to enter in time. Enter first and then relax to their music makes sense to me!

Shelly has even posted a link to the concert schedule for you. Go, stop reading and click here:

Celtic Thunder Concert Ticket Contest

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Last Edit: 16 Oct 2008 @ 07:34

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