First a confession - I am a Parrothead. Have been for a while. It was necessary to become one before the ink dried on my marriage certificate. However, that is a story for another day.
Now that anyone that didn’t know before, now knows that I am a Gulf & Western Music lover of the Beach persuasion – we may continue. My husband thought I was kidding as I took notes at the Pavilion, but as I sat watching concert goers I thought there are a few lessons to be learned here tonight. As the day gave way to the night sky and stage lights, the people and the performers continued to proof my theory.
So – a little out of the ordinary, here are 8 life lessons learned at a Jimmy Buffett Concert. (As a point of reference, this was our 20th concert – so I know a little about these events.)
Don’t sign along if you don’t know the words - the people around you will always know. Sing the words you know, and sing them loud. But if you don’t know them – learn them and then sing. This world is full of people running around acting like they know everything. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if we all just sang the tunes we knew; listen to the tunes we don’t, to learn them and then sing? We might flub up on some – that’s okay – it happens it's how we learn.
It’s okay to dance. It really is always okay to dance and not just at a concert. Life can be a long or short event and it’s best to be happy and to enjoy what we can, while we can. We can’t always dance, but when the time is right, and the mood is right and if you can get away with it – Dance! And don’t try to dance like the guy next to you or the folks on ABC. Just dance. Dance for you and for our Maker!
Someday we will all be the ones sitting in the row behind. We don’t always get to sit in Row 1 but if you do, be respectful and enjoy. Remembering next year you could be farther back from the stage – so hit the beach balls back to the crowd they are watching and waiting for their chance. On that same note, if you are a few rows back, sit in the seat you are assigned and be happy to be at the show. Being at the show is just a wonderful thing in itself.
Wearing a hat doesn’t make you a pirate (or pirates don't have to wear a hat to prove they can pillage). Nor does owning a drill make you dentist. Sometimes we all would like to be someone else or do something else. But just because one is wearing ‘the’ suit that is not enough reason to trust them as an expert or professional in that area. If I need a professional pillager, I would like to see some credentials besides the hat on their head.
Sing about what you love and love what you do. If it’s hard to that some days, then love who you do it for - until you can love what you do again.
Always pay tribute to those that went before, to those that made you who you are today, to those that loved and cared for you.
Give an encore. It’s not enough to sing your song, complete the job and then walk away. Give a little extra leaving more behind than is expected – you will always be respected for it.
We all started somewhere, remember where it began for you. Remember not every score will be a hit song, and guitar strings sometimes break during the bridge. But if you live big with others in mind, someone will be back stage with a 6 string tuning it for your next song.
It all sounds kind of easy. It’s not always for me…it means living selflessly and giving more of myself than I ask from others. But I pledge to try to live by these rules as I help to Get You Home.
Author:Kelly Lawson Phone: 936-525-9589 Dated: May 30th 2015 Views: 871 About Kelly: My passion is to get you home. It’s that simple. The process is not always that simple, but it’s...