Bon Jovi at The Joe

Bon Jovi at the Joe

Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes right?  From start to finish, top to bottom, it’s just a good day.  There are no traffic jams are bullies.  No spilled food or drink or broken glass.  No arguments or tears.  Just a great day.

Even better is when you are aware of its greatness as it’s happening.  It’s one of those times when you take literal and mental photos and cherish as many memories as you can because you know days like that are fleeting and few and far between.

I had one of those days a couple weeks ago at Joe Louis Arena when Mom and I went to see Bon Jovi.

 

There were some jitters since we hadn’t driven there in a long time and were trying to find the best route, but once we got ready, ate dinner, and even cleaned up without having to rush around, a calm washed over me.  I couldn’t remember feeling like that in a long time.

We hit the road on a chilly but rather nice late March day and found no traffic issues.  Seriously, you guys, none.  When was the last time you went to an event of any kind and did not encounter a line of traffic?  Um, never.  We breezed right into our parking lot and had a fair amount of time to kill before Bon Jovi would take the stage.

Joe Louis Arena

If you don’t live in the Detroit area, you have probably never heard of Joe Louis Arena.  It’s a pretty big deal around here.  The Red Wings play there and have won quite a few Stanley Cups, and this was the final year for them to play there.

It’s a bit sad, even if the Arena is rather run down, and has us all feeling rather nostalgic.  I fondly remember going to see hockey games in a suite many, many years ago.  After snapping some pics in front of the famous stairs outside, we headed inside and explored.

Bon Jovi at The Joe

The corridor leading to the floor has logos and Wings murals where we snapped a couple pics, and the Olympia Club was open to the public.  Because we had so much time, we took the elevator up to the main concourse (the Joe Louis workers were kind enough to let us skip the stairs that have no rail – scary!) and walked around the entire arena.

It was super fun to see The Joe one last time, even if it was packed and we even ran into Jay Towers.  I used to listen to him on the radio all the time and now I watch him on Fox 2 news every morning.  I’m still hoping he can get me on to make some recipes 🙂

Bon Jovi at the Joe

We made our way to our seats after the walk, very nice aisle seats on the main floor so we could see all of the action.  The show started before long and the whole Arena was jamming all night.

Bon Jovi played a lot of new songs, which I loved, as I have been listening to them a lot lately and really enjoy the new music, but he made sure to work in all those old hits.  He kept the talking to a minimum and just played great music, working from This House is Not for Sale to open the show to You Give Love a Bad Name, always a crowd favorite.

Bon Jovi at The Joe

When he worked Old Time Rock and Roll into I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead the whole crowd went wild.  It’s so fun when performers sing an old, well known song, that is special just for that crowd.  It’s My Life came shortly after.  That’s my favorite Bon Jovi song and one of my favorite songs of all time.  I think it was one of my first iTunes downloads all those years ago.  I sang and danced so hard I broke into a sweat!

 

Bon Jovi himself is very talented, singing, dancing, and playing guitar, but the rest of the band is awesome as well.  They all really add something to the performance, along with the light show.  The set is pretty bare bones and the only thing that draws your attention are the moving and color changing lights.  Some confetti would have been appreciated though 😉

Something I don’t think enough people realize is the wonderful positive message that permeates Bon Jovi’s music.  The songs talk about standing up for yourself and ignoring haters and being you.  It’s something we can all relate to, particularly me.  Those empowering words and beats are something I treasure.

Bon Jovi at The Joe

The only break the band took was before the encore and it was well worth the wait.  I barely saw anyone leave because we all knew some of the best songs were yet to come.  Raise Your Hands was followed by two all-time classics: Wanted Dead or Alive and Livin’ on a Prayer.  The whole crowd singing along was electric.  I wish I could have bottled that energy and saved it for another day.

 

When all the singing was done, as the crowd was leaving, Bon Jovi had one last surprise.  Understanding the history of The Joe, he pulled out a Red Wings jersey with his name on it and put it on.  It was really special to see that he took pride in performing there and this wasn’t just another tour stop.

After two and a half hours of music, I was beat.  My ears rang, my voice had disappeared, and my feet hurt.  I don’t know how Bon Jovi stayed so energetic for so long, because I wanted to immediately sit down and relax for a few moments.

It one of the best shows I’ve seen (only behind Katy Perry) and was one of the best days of my life.  I didn’t want it to end.  But it did, and though that makes me sad, we have the memories to keep us company.

Bon Jovi at The Joe

Hello … It’s Adele Live 2016

Hello - It's Adele Live 2016

Like many others I was impatiently waiting in the online Ticketmaster queue late last year for Adele tickets.  Like many others I didn’t get any.  Look, I’m typically a Ticketmaster fan (I’m a top 100 reviewer – all anonymous, of course), but they bungled that sale in the worst way.

Since that debacle, I had my eyes on StubHub (who I also love), and finally not too long before the show I found the seats of my dreams at a price that meant I didn’t have to sell too much of my soul to Mom 😉

I had high expectations about this show, and my expectations were exceeded.  Adele is one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen along with Katy Perry.  The show wasn’t about dancers and pyrotechnics and costume changes.  It was about Adele.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mom and Me

Not too long after eight with the crowd growing a bit restless, Adele finally made her appearance, being wheeled to the B stage, right by our seats, in a truck.  It was showtime!

Adele opened with Hello.  I mean what else would she open with???  From there she walked to the A stage, gathering gifts from the crowd, and went right into Hometown Glory with first her hometown displayed on the screen behind her and then Detroit.

Adele Live 2016

From there, she interspersed her biggest hits with lots of talking.  Though this is quite unconventional, it was welcome.  I loved the personal feel it lent to the show and how her personality came through.  Adele is real.  She is authentic.  To see that first hand was delightful.  She even brought a couple of fans on stage with her.

As she sang, Adele waved to the crowd and pointed out signs.  We even sang Happy Birthday to one woman.  Can you imagine Adele singing Happy Birthday to you??? OMG!

We sang, we danced, we had fun, and stayed on our feet save for the acoustic set during which she sang Don’t You Remember and Make You Feel My Love, telling us to sit since she was.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from an Adele concert since most of her songs are rather depressing, something she joked about, but it was much more alive than I thought it would be.  A welcome surprise.

It was back to the B stage for Chasing Pavements, Someone Like You, and Set Fire to the Rain.  Once she was on the stage she waved the crowd close.  I stayed away from most of the fray but did move up and had an awesome view.  She noted she couldn’t step off the stage to take selfies, but she posed, bending over, moving around the stage so people could get selfies with her.

Adele Taking Selfies with the Crowd

Then she asked people where they were from.  New York.  Farmington Hills.  And Ohio.  When the lady said she was from Ohio, the entire stadium erupted into boos.  Michigan and Ohio have a mostly friendly rivalry, particularly in college sports.  Adele legitimately freaked out and had no idea what happened.  Then she realized “This is a sports thing, isn’t it?”

Her personality shone through when her dress got stuck on something on the stage.  She pulled a string off of it, announced her dress was trying to kill her, and shouted “Thanks, Burberry!”  It was hilarious, as I imagine Adele is much of the time, despite that her songs may lead us to believe otherwise. Adele Live 2016

She noticed another fan’s sign talking about their brother, a fan, who had died two months before.  Adele dedicated the show to him and later a song.  It was very moving.

As Adele sang Someone Like You, I had the best view of the night, and at one point I felt like she saw me as I saw her, like we made eye contact.  I’m probably wrong, but don’t try to convince me of such.  In that moment, I felt understood in a world that doesn’t understand me, in a world that doesn’t even want to.

Adele gets it.  She’s been wronged.  She has regrets.  I feel like she wrote Million Years Ago for me.  She swore and noted Send My Love (To Your New Lover) was for all of us who have ever had crummy people in our lives.  Adele gets me, even if she’ll never know that.

Set Fire to the Rain

Set Fire to the Rain presented the best special effects of the night with rain falling all around the stage.  I don’t know how they did that, but the effect was insane.

After a short wait, she returned to the A stage for the encores.  First When We Were Young, which was shockingly the only time throughout the night I cried.  It’s such a moving song and has so much meaning behind it that we can all relate to.

The night finished with Rolling in the Deep, an upbeat, fun song that had everyone up and dancing.  A shower of confetti blasted the audience as we all reached for some.  I gathered quite a few pieces to add to my collection, all of which have a song lyric or greeting from Adele printed on them.

Adele Live 2016

While my love of concerts in general has been reignited over the past couple of years, seeing Adele has left me fulfilled and sustained in a way I can’t explain.  I am thrilled to have seen her and been a part of such a magical moment.  Perhaps my joy has been magnified by the fact that throughout every single moment Adele was on the stage she seemed to be having just as good of a time as we were.

A Head Full of Dreams with Coldplay

A Head Full of Dreams with Coldplay

Coldplay’s music is some of the most heartfelt and meaningful that I listen to regularly.  I can, off the top of my head, pinpoint three uses of their songs in TV shows and movies that changed each of those pieces of work for the better.

There are not many bands who have created outstanding music for so long that has withstood the test of time.  And so when tickets for their current Head Full of Dreams Tour went on sale, I couldn’t resist, and I am so glad I didn’t.

On a beautiful August evening, my friend Kaitlyn and I headed out to the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Just as a quick side note here, the Palace has amazing security and personnel that keep us all safe and are ever present to ensure the crowd doesn’t get too rowdy.  Huge kudos to them for their great work!

We were running a bit late but got to hear a bit of Alessia Cara’s opening set as we found our floor seats.  As opposed to many concerts when I sit very close to the stage, these seats were the second to last row on the floor, but that provided for a great view of the stage and stadium and a different perspective than I am used to when watching concerts.

Coldplay in the Crowd

Confetti!

After quite a wait, Coldplay took the stage with “A Head Full of Dreams” and kept the hits coming fast and furious for about two hours without any real breaks, save for when they switched to a stage in the middle of the crowd.  That was a really cool move and Chris Martin walked right behind us on his way back to the stage!

Some of my favorite songs of theirs were also my favorites in person: “Yellow,” “The Scientist,” “Paradise,” “Charlie Brown,” “Fix You,” “Yellow,” and more.  The way the crowd sang along and sometimes took over with Chris Martin’s guidance, which was so moving and powerful.

The visuals were also outstanding.  The crowd was given wrist bands that lit up at certain times, though the workers at the Palace failed to give us any 🙁  The light show was killer with so many different colors.

And then there was the confetti.  Coldplay was seriously on their confetti game.  Like I have never seen anything like this confetti.  I believe there were four different instances it was blown into the crowd, and I saved a few handfuls as a memory.  The way the light reflected on the confetti was beautiful.  And there were mounds of it.  It filled Kaitlyn’s popcorn bucket and covered the seats and floor as the best snowfall ever.

The Lights!

The giant balloons, which people happily held onto and took home with them, were a fun touch, but honestly, they brought me right back to gym class and dodgeball.  Thankfully, the guy behind me kept swatting the balls away.

Coldplay

Really, though, it was two hours of a magical escape to a dreamland with lights and confetti and happiness and sometimes songs that make me cry in the best way.  Kaitlyn remarked that they sounded so much like the recorded music, but even better really.  They were real and fun and brought that vibe to all of us, if only for a few hours.

They said they would keep touring as long as we, the fans, wanted them to, and I can assure them, we still want them to.

Coldplay

The Future Now with Demi and Nick

The Future Now with Demi and Nick

I wasn’t a giant Jonas Brothers fan.  In fact, I don’t know if I can name a single Jonas Brothers song.  Not one.

But Nick Jonas has proven himself as a delightful performer and songwriter recently.  And Demi Lovato has always been one of my favorites because she is so real and honest.  And her songs are pretty catchy.

When I heard Demi and Nick were touring together, I knew I had to go for a fun summer night out.  Mom went with me, and while it wasn’t quite her scene, we both really appreciated the great songs of both performers and their clear talent on the stage.

Nick Jonas

The night began with Mike Posner, who is actually from Detroit so the stadium was packed for his opening set.  Mom and I caught the end after being stuck in traffic.  I heard his two most popular songs “Cooler than Me” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”  He totally brought the house down and his band was stellar.  I was glad to see at least some of his set.

Before too long Nick took the stage.  He sang mostly his more recent songs, though they are really awesome with catchy beat and lyrics that still tell a story.  “Bacon,” “Chainsaw,” “Levels,” “Chains,” and “Jealous” were some of my favorites.  Mom and I were both unfamiliar with his song “Who I Am,” but as soon as he began singing it, we both fell in love with it.  You know a song is good when you have never heard it before

Nick Jonas

After Nick performed for a little more than half an hour, Demi took the stage.  She opened with “Confident,” which is one of my favorite songs.  It has such an empowering message.  As she worked her way through hits like “Neon Lights,” “Give Your Heart a Break,” and “Heart Attack,” the crowd sang along to every single word.  This crowd was clearly full of Nick and Demi fans.


Nick Jonas

A slower set from Demi ended with “Stone Cold” as Nick joined her on the piano.  This may have been one of my favorite moments from the show.  It was so beautiful and powerful.  Nick played a couple more songs before Demi joined him for “Closer,” and then sang a couple more songs herself, finishing out the night with “Cool for the Summer.”

Demi Lovato

The show was a bit bare bones with the only real set design pieces coming from flashy lighting.  And it was a huge disappointment to us that together Nick and Demi barely played an hour and a half.  Especially when two headliners are a part of a show, two hours is the bare minimum they should play.  I left wanting much more. 

I think opportunities to perform a cover or two or bring Mike Posner back out to perform with them in front of his home crowd were missed and would have made the show longer and more special.  Nick and Demi are both great performers and have a realness about them that shined through when they spoke to the crowd.  I loved and appreciated that, I just wanted a little more from them.

Mom and Me

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

I told you recently that I went to see Carrie Underwood when she visited the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Now I’m so excited to share all about the evening with you.

Mom and I went, and I’m so glad because there’s no one I’d rather spend such a fun night with.  She’s my hero and we don’t always get to do a lot of fun things together, so it was really special to share this experience with her.

Mom and Me

By the time we left, traffic was super light and the weather was nice with the sun setting and the moon coming out.  Events are even better when the weather is nice.

Before long, we headed to our seats in the lower bowl, three rows up.  Typically I sit on the floor, but it was all general admission at this show, so I skipped it.  I was afraid I wouldn’t like our seats, but they were fabulous!  We could see really well and were definitely close to the action.

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

A DJ kept the crowd pumped until it was time for Carrie to take the stage.  Once she did, it was pretty much nonstop music.  Carrie performed all her hits from “Jesus Take the Wheel” to “Before He Cheats” to “Smoke Break.”  She packed as much music as she could into the show and the whole crowd loved it, singing along most of the time.

I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite song because her music is fun yet heartfelt and packs such a powerful message with good beat.  I have fallen even more in love with her music than I already was.  “Clock Don’t Stop” and “Little Toy Guns” are definitely two songs I have on repeat and stuck in my head, but I happily listen to them all.

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

 

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

Carrie didn’t talk to the crowd a lot, but it was great to hear about her inspiration with her most recent album, Storyteller, as well as about her son.  She also waved to the crowd a lot and took a flower from one of the fans.  Seeing that kind of interaction, though subtle, was really cool.  It was clear her focus was on an amazing fan experience.  The stage in the center of the arena also showcased this emphasis – there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

Though Carrie and the music were definitely the stars, the lighting took my breath away.  Different colors and patterns with the lights took me into a different world and truly make it an immersive experience.  Each song had its own mood because of the lighting used.  It just goes to show that a set doesn’t have to be elaborate, but smart.  Carrie’s set was super smart and I loved it perhaps more than any other show I’ve seen.

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

Her supreme talent was apparent.  The girl can sing!!  Her voice shines through no matter what song she sings.  On top of that, she played the guitar and harmonica.  I’m always impressed my singers that play instruments too.

After just about two hours, the show came to an end.  I wish it would have kept going because I had such a good time singing and dancing my little heart out.  I hope I will have another chance to see Carrie in concert before too long because nights like that are what make life special and take away so much of the frustration the world often presents.

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

 

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour

Rocking Detroit with Shania Twain and Gavin DeGraw

Rocking Detroit with Shania Twain and Gavin DeGraw

It’s been awhile since Mom and I had the chance to go to a concert together. I so enjoy spending time with her … she is my best friend, after all, so it was a blast when we went to see the Rock This Country Tour with Shania Twain and Gavin DeGraw at the Palace of Auburn Hills a couple weekends ago.

Mom and Me

You all know every time I go to a concert, it rains. While we made it through the evening mostly rain free, there was a downpour on the way there, so my streak remains unbroken 😉 We didn’t let a little rain put a damper on the evening though.

Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw hit the stage first in the already pretty packed arena. It’s not really accurate to call him an opening act. He’s a stellar performer with great music that has been playing on the radio for years. This may have been the first time ever I wanted to see the “opening act” as much as the headliner. It bummed me out that the crowd wasn’t up and dancing as soon as he took the stage. I wanted to jump up, but I wasn’t brave enough to be the only one.

About midway through his set, Gavin left the stage and headed into the crowd while he sang my favorite song “I Don’t Want to be.” It was so cool that he mingled with the crowd and that got everyone on their feet, where we stayed for the rest of the set, which included all his hits: “Chariot,” “In Love with a Girl,” “Not Over You,” “Sweeter,” “Soldier,” Best I Ever Had,” and “Fire.” I sang along to everything, and so did Mom.

Shania Twain

His set was over in a flash and we waited for Shania to take the stage, already super amped up. Before we knew it, Shania took the stage, appropriately opening with “Rock This Country.” From start to finish, her show was full of fireworks, laser lights, and lots of cool ways for her to move around the stage and also head into the crowd.

I have been a Shania fan since I was a little girl after one of my baby sitters introduced me to her music, so it was a blast to hear all my favorites, including “Honey I’m Home,” “Come on Over,” “Man I Feel Like a Woman,” “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” “Any Man of Mine,” “I’m Outta Here,” “Love Gets Me Every Time,” and “Don’t Be Stupid.”

Shania Twain

Shania Twain

She also sang a few new songs, which is always tough, but I still enjoyed them. The sound quality was a bit iffy, but when Shania slowed things down and sang “You’re Still the One” and “From This Moment,” her voice shined through and the whole crowd sang along. It was an awesome experience.

Two great performers and so many fantastic sing along moments, meant for one stellar show and evening. I’m so lucky that I got to see the show and even more so that I saw it with Mom.

Shania Twain

Party Like It’s 1989

Party Like It's 1989

It’s been just over a week since Taylor Swift took Detroit by storm. It feels like it was just yesterday (oh how I wish that was true!), and I have been wishing ever since I walked out of Ford Field that I could go back. Instead I’ll just have to relive it right here.

Kaitlyn and Me

Kaitlyn and Me

My friend Kaitlyn and I got all dressed up, complete with red lipstick for our night on the town. Mother Nature might have thrown about three inches of rain at us, but there was no stopping the fun. Even when we got stuck in barely moving traffic as we entered downtown Detroit. With roads closed and blocked and over fifty thousand people heading to one place, I actually got worried we wouldn’t make it on time. Luckily we did. I was so relieved to walk into Ford Field, which, as you know is one of my favorite places in the city.

We got out wristbands and headed down to the floor for our ninth row seats RIGHT. NEXT. TO. THE. STAGE. OMG! I couldn’t believe how close we were and how well I could see Taylor. It was insane. I couldn’t have asked for better seats.

Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

Before we knew it, Taylor took the stage. Suddenly each one of our LED, preprogrammed wrist bands lit up. It was so neat to look around the stadium to see the flashing lights. She sang mostly songs from 1989, which was really fine with me, as I absolutely love every song on the album. The only one she didn’t sing was “Wonderland,” which was a bit of a bummer for me, as I have fallen in love with that song. She did sing slightly remixed versions of “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “We are Never Getting Back Together,” “Love Story,” and “Enchanted.”

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour

Amid all of the great songs, to which I was singing along as though I was on stage, were a plethora of costume changes. Taylor had talked about how this tour was more about fashion than costumes, and I could definitely see that. I want to wear a couple of the outfits! The giant screen behind Taylor added to the atmosphere of a lot of the songs, as did her dancers, with their costumes and incredible expressiveness through motion.

My favorite was probably when it looked as though it was raining. The dancers all had light up umbrellas and Taylor had on a lit dress. It really popped.

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour

While most tours do come through Detroit, not many bring surprises. Taylor proved to be the exception. She mentioned Detroit is special to her because she performed the National Anthem at Ford Field when she was 16, so she wanted to do something different for us. And she certainly did. Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons came out to sing “Radioactive” with Taylor.

I could not have been more excited. I love Imagine Dragons and it was so cool to see a little bit of another amazing act in a unique way, something typically saved for the Grammys. Taylor also brought her friends Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt from the “Bad Blood” music video out to walk the “runway” during “Style.”

Guitar Pick

I was hoping to be a part of the special meet and greet party Taylor holds after her shows, Loft 89, but I was not chosen. Just in case, I bought a Catbird Lovecat ring like mine to give to Taylor. When I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get to meet her, I caught the attention of one of her workers. I gave him the ring and a business card (it was all I had on me to identify myself), and he gave me a guitar pick in return. How cool is that???? I put it on my trinket tray with all my perfume and little crystal knick-knacks.

I know it sounds crazy, but I thought maybe Taylor and I could become friends if I met her. I still think one day maybe we’ll be friends. Who knows, if she wants to become an actress, maybe she could be in one of my scripts.

I Knew You Were Trouble

Are We Out of the Woods

Before long the show started coming to a close. “Out of the Woods” was the penultimate song. It’s my favorite song of all time. Though it’s about being in love, I think of it in a more general way, describing my life. I am in “screaming color” while the rest of the world is “black and white” and I often wonder where life is taking me and if I am out of the woods. It’s such an emotional song for me, and one I could listen to on repeat.

But we couldn’t end on that note. Taylor came back out to sing “Shake it Off,” one of my other favorite songs, because who doesn’t need to shake something off a lot of the time? Her moving stage, rose up and moved around the stadium, while we all had a dance party. It was really something.

Shake it Off

And with that, Taylor was done. My voice was gone, my feet were numb, and I had had one of the best times of my life. Kaitlyn and I headed back to our car, thankfully parked very close to the stadium. And then we sat in traffic and got lost in Detroit for a good hour (even with the GPS – thanks, M1 rail project!), before making out way to the highway and heading back to my house.

I actually didn’t mind sitting in traffic and driving around, save for the fact that I was getting incredibly tired. It was so fun talking to Kaitlyn, being out and about, feeling normal, feeling like I was getting a glimpse of the life I want so badly. I’ll be there the next time Taylor performs in town, and until then, I’ll just jam to my CD to keep shaking off all my troubles and having dance parties.

Have Fun and Just Dance!

Have Fun and Just Dance

This is a busy time of year. I know it as well as all of you. I have a to-do list a mile long and I have definitely failed to accomplish a lot of the tasks I want to. When that happens, it’s easy to put off exercise and rely on unhealthy fast food meals. But that’s not a good idea. It’s so important to make time to be healthy. It will make you feel better and be more productive. Now who doesn’t want to be more productive?

I posted plenty here about how to eat healthier, so today I’m going to focus on how to get moving more. If you’re anything like me you don’t have the time or desire to trek to the gym. All the crowds, germs, and hassle just isn’t worth it. And exercising alone can be a drag. It’s sometimes hard for me to find the motivation to head to the elliptical even if I know I’m going to watch some awesome music videos.

Have Fun and Just Dance

I have a solution for you. Just Dance 2015. It is made for a variety of video game consoles, including Wii like I have. It is played in the comfort of your own home. You can play it alone or with your friends and family. And, oh, yeah, it’s a blast, combining exercise with all your favorite music hits.

I’m not the most coordinated person on the planet. I love music and I like to dance, but choreographer is not my career calling, so I was afraid my Just Dance career would be a failure. It wasn’t though. I could easily follow along to the dance moves on a variety of more than 40 of today’s and yesterday’s hits, including “Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and “Walk This Way” by Run DMC and Aerosmith.

Have Fun and Just Dance

I love the positive feedback of “perfect!” and “yeah” when I hit a move just right. And I love even more that I worked up a sweat and got my heart rate going without even noticing. I didn’t want to stop playing the game. When’s the last time you didn’t want your workout to end? It was even more fun when Mom played along with me. Don’t believe her when she says she did better than me 🙂

Just Dance 2015 has also partnered with Stomp Out Bullying to bring awareness to National Bullying Month. It is so important to raise awareness about bullying. It’s a terrible problem that needs to be stopped. They are spreading the message that “it’s okay to dance to your own beat.” That is a message we can all use sometimes. And with the new songs and wacky choreography of Just Dance 2015 that won’t be a problem!

Have Fun and Just Dance

Whether you put Just Dance 2015 under the Christmas tree as a gift for the whole family or buy it on a whim to get some exercise and have fun, head over to Amazon to pick up a copy. You won’t be able to stop dancing!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

How Justin Timberlake Broke My Heart

How Justin Timberlake Broke My Heart

Justin Timberlake is extraordinary. This we all know. His ability to sing, dance, and play guitar and piano for two and a half hours and leave seeming less tired than me, watching his concert, is exceptional. Not to mention the fact that he can also act and he seems like a nice guy who stays out of the trouble many famous people are unable to avoid.

Much as I’m trying to change things, I am not extraordinary. This we all also know, or at least it feels like it. While in my head I sometimes pretend I’m a popular celebrity whose talent is celebrated, in reality, I’m a 24 year old aspiring novelist and screenwriter who feels like a food blogging outsider and failure that has never been kissed and went to Justin’s Detroit stop on his 20 20 Experience World Tour with her mom and aunt.

Before the Concert

My aunt, Debbie, me, and Mom before the show!

Poster

Because I never give up hope that something amazing will happen, I brought the sign above with me to the concert. What did I have to lose? However security not only made me throw away my poster, saying only paper size posters were allowed at this show, but also return my fancy camera to the car. These rules were not stated on the venue’s website and I can assure said venue that the marijuana we smelled was much more distracting and dangerous.

After being thrown for a moment (I mean, I’m a blogger, my hands don’t know what to do without a camera), we traversed the mountain of stairs to our fourteenth row floor seats. Somehow amid twenty thousand or so of our closest friends, the floor section felt very intimate, like a club performance. I pulled out my phone, which took excellent videos and not too shabby pictures. Plus, it didn’t run out of power like my aunt’s iPhone. Yay for my Samsung Galaxy S5!

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Supposedly no signs were allowed in the show, but a girl on the opposite side of the floor had one stating it was her birthday. Justin saw it, talked to her, and even led the crowd in a round of Happy Birthday. She was 24. Ironic. She’ll never forget that moment, and neither will I.

She got to be special. Exactly what I wanted. I know, I know. Maybe he wouldn’t have seen my sign. Maybe he would have ignored it. But maybe not. I suppose I need to realize, as Mom said, that many people in the crowd wanted to be special, be singled out. It just sometimes seems like life is a series of other people getting that chance and me being left in their dust.

I pouted for a few minutes, but then I thought about how awesome my seats were, how often I get to have this opportunity, and how lucky I was to be there at all. I sang, I danced, I jumped . . . well maybe I didn’t jump when commanded, but four inch Louboutins, bad knees, and jumping don’t exactly mix 😉 I had a good time, because if I hadn’t, it wouldn’t have been anyone’s fault but my own.

Justin Timberlake

So my heart is broken because I still haven’t gotten my shot at life, at success, at popularity. But that’s not Justin’s fault. At the end of those two and a half hours, full of every Justin hit you can think of, seamlessly strung together and blended with Jay Z, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Cool and the Gang tunes, my voice had disappeared, my ears rang, my feet throbbed, and I put at least half my body weight on my aunt as we ascended the stairs. The marks of an awesome concert by any measure. Justin surely did more than his part to be certain we all had an enjoyable night.

Justin Timberlake

The 20 20 Experience is just that, an experience. It’s the best concert I’ve ever seen, and Justin is the best performer of his generation and likely others. I dare anyone to try to best him. I’d go again tomorrow.

Sure, I left in much the same way I entered: never been kissed , aspiring novelist and screenwriter, dreamer, loser, Justin fan, girl hoping one day everything’s just going to click. The thing is I don’t know what tomorrow will hold, a scary and exciting thought all at the same time.

Justin Timberlake

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