Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. Welcome to my third post about favorite concerts I’ve attended! In the middle of my terribly long fall, my husband surprised me with an early Christmas gift. He bought VIP tickets to an Ingrid Michaelson concert.
As has been the case with most of my favorite pop singers, Andy is the one who introduced me to Ingrid Michaelson. Back when I was working on my young adult novel, he’d occasionally send me links to songs that he thought might serve as playlists. One of those songs was Ghost by Ingrid Michaelson. The song is about failed relationships and how they make us feel. While my novel wasn’t about failed romances, my main character had spent her life being disappointed by herself and others, and so the song felt appropriate. Other Michaelson songs that Andy sent me were about accepting oneself, a message that not only fit my main character but also strongly resonated with me. So I became a fan.
In the case of the previous concerts I shared with you, that of Katy Perry and of P!NK, Andy and I made plans together for going to see them. With the Ingrid Michaelson, he made all the arrangements. This included buying the VIP package, consisting of a a tote bag, poster, and VIP pass. He also decided how early we’d leave for the concert.
On October 15, we headed out of town, lots of questions in our head. As with any VIP event, we didn’t really know how early to line up. When we arrived at the venue at 5:00, or a couple of hours ahead of when doors would open, there were only about a couple of dozen fans waiting outside. Even so, we were happy for security to an hour later divide the lines according to type of ticket, and for us to move up to second in our line.
In addition, because this concert was being at a building unfamiliar to us, we didn’t know what to expect once we got inside. When VIP ticket holders were let in about fifteen minutes early, we were allowed to pick up our VIP package, buy merchandise, and find a spot. We also discovered that there weren’t any seats for anyone and so we grabbed a spot by the railing dividing the stage from spectators. That’s where we stayed until the concert ended at 11:00, which made for a lot of hours on our feet. But we loved the concert and so endured how tired we got.
In contrast to the concerts by Katy and by P!NK, this was a smaller event. About 1000 people attended. There weren’t a lot of theatricals. But there a great act by an exuberant group known as AJR. Ingrid was a lot of fun to watch. Written along the back wall were snippets of lyrics from her songs. She sang a mix of new and old songs, spoke often to fans, made jokes, and simply enjoyed herself. At one point, she and her band even posed for a “photo op”. Below are some photos (taken by my husband) from the concert and you can read a review here: Ingrid Michaelson Lights Up the Stage with Sunny Show at Sokul.
Thanks for taking time to join me in relieving some concert memories. Andy and I would still like to see Jewel in concert, her being the first singer whom he introduced to me in our twenty years of knowing one another. Other singers whose concerts we’ve enjoyed include that of Christian artists: Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Andrew Peterson, and Michael W. Smith. Have a music-filled weekend everyone!