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Paramount Theater in Aurora, IL Never Disappoints

Paramount

We went with our best friends to the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, IL last Saturday. If you read yesterday’s post I talked a bit about it, but was so focused on the sock incident I decided to wait until today to talk about the actual event.

Let me say first of all that I love Mannheim Steamroller Christmas songs. The band meets orchestra sound is very pleasing to me when it is the carols I know and love. But, when it is music from their “Fresh Aire” albums that is a different story. It isn’t rock, it isn’t big band, it isn’t an orchestra and it just isn’t for me. The crowd loved it and that is great. I am thinking the audience on Saturday would have mostly hated the Foo Fighter concert so I can appreciate different strokes (or music) for different folks makes the world go ’round.

What I did  enjoy was spending time in my favorite theater. The Paramount Theater was built in 1931. The Art Deco style has been beautifully refurbished and an addition was completed in 2006.

Wall art

This is one of the murals on the side walls.

Paramount ceiling

This is one side of the ceiling and part of the balcony.

It always makes me nostalgic to attend events at the Paramount because it is the first theater I remember going to when I was little. My aunt took me to see the new Disney movie “Mary Poppins” there when it was released.

In the early 1980s my middle sons were in a summer theater program and performed “The King and I” before a sold out audience. I worked behind the scenes helping all of the “king’s kids” with make-up, hair and costuming.

So even though the show was not quite what I expected.  the theater was fabulous, the time spent with friends priceless and the evening filled with laughter and song. It was a great way to spend a Saturday night.

 

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Rockin’ the Year: Foo Fighters Sonic Highway Tour DC

We don’t go to many live concerts. It isn’t that we don’t like them, in fact we LOVE them, but you know how life can get in the way and before you know it the band or person you wanted to see came to a venue near you and left before you get around to checking on tickets.

But THIS year, became the year we went to more concerts than ever before. It all began with getting tickets for our Daughter-in-law for her birthday for the Foo Fighters tour.

I was not a huge fan, but really got hooked on the Sonic Highway HBO series where Dave Grohl digs deep into the influential music in cities like Seattle, Chicago and Nashville. He is an amazing artist and was even more amazing in concert with the rest of the band, all of whom are talented musicians and showmen.

They were coming to Chicago, but since my son and DIL live in MD, we got tickets for the first show on the U.S. leg of the tour. July 4, 2015 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

Prior to the concert Grohl broke his leg. Not a minor break, but one requiring surgery. He explained all about it during the concert, demoing the crazy chair his road crew built so that he could rock. Here is a Google pic of the chair and Grohl in action.

see original photo here: ( aptopix-foo-fighters-concert-washington.jpg November 5, 2015)
I am getting ahead of myself and the concert. It began at 1 P.M. and lasted until almost 11:00 PM. Bands that were featured on the Sonic Highways Tour started the day off and played non-stop (except during a rain delay) until the Foo Fighters took the stage around 9.
We were rocking to the sounds of Heart, Buddy Guy, Joan Jett, L.L. Cool J an others. It was an amazing mix of music and styles across the years and nation. From blues to rap, there was something for everyone.
The concert goers were young, old and everything in between. Everyone was on their feet when the music ended and they treated us all to a fireworks show.
Here are a couple of pictures we took on cell phones. We sang, clapped and screamed along with the rest of the stadium. For a few hours it was like being the other side of 50 again. I wouldn’t want to live there – but it was a fun place to visit for a few hours. I highly recommend it. 🙂
Waiting for the Foo Fighters to Start
Foo Fighter Concert 7.4.15
Dave Grohl
Jumbotron Dave Grohl

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Writing 101 day 3: What is the soundtrack of your life?

Today we were asked to think about, write about, describe and define the three (seriously, only 3??) songs that are the most important in our lives.

I’ve was thinking about this on and off  while working the day job today. The song that immediately came mind was “Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton. It has to be the live version on the “Frampton Comes Alive” album. Yes, album. Released in 1976, this two album set became the soundtrack of my newly married life. We played it on the new stereo in our first apartment. Young, without much money, we could easily afford to stay home and listen to Frampton. Three years later I was still totally into his music. In 1979 I rocked our new son singing Frampton instead of lullabies. “Do You Feel Like We Do” is still one of my all time favorites. Possibly even more so now that we have seen Frampton perform it live. Twice. Wooooooooo!!! 🙂Frampton_his son_Cheap Trick Summer 2014

The next  two songs are not as clear in my mind. I’m a Beatles fan, love the Rolling Stones and listen to Big Band tunes from the 40s when driving on the snowy, ice covered streets of Chicago’s winters. I mentioned yesterday singing the Kookaburra Song to my sons when they were little, it brings the fondest memories of my Grandma, mom and aunts singing to me when I was little.

If I absolutely have to narrow my soundtrack to three, the second would probably be “Still the One” by Orleans. Also a pop song from the early days of dating my husband, it can take me back to the 70’s but also remind me that “…I want you to know, after all these years, you’re still the one I want whisperin’ in my ear…” Corny but true, I can’t imagine life without him even after 40 years. This song makes me happy.

“What a Wonderful World” by no one other than Louis Armstrong will round out my favorite songs. This song is so beautiful it makes me cry most times when I hear it. It is the song I picked for the mother/son dance at my son’s wedding. I chose it because no matter what sadness or sorrow touches your life, there are things of beauty all around us if we just open our eyes to see them.

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