I’d like to say Thank You to the folks that worked at the Miranda Lambert show last night at the Brandt Centre.
You may have been surprised to come upon lines to enter the concert. T he security staff were only doing what was required to keep the performers and those attending the show safe. And so people came in, sat down and were entertained.
Miranda Lambert, stepped onto the stage and was somewhat mechanically, perhaps. She went through her hits including a tip of the hat to Shania Twain. It was in my mind, very cool to have three powerful women singing a Shania standard.
I have never attended a Miranda Lambert concert, but what I got from last night was she is a girl with a guitar and she can sing. Miranda’s take no “crap” way of putting men in their place; singing about heartbreak and she can belting out classics too. There’s no denying that Lambert is a talent. Proof too, she’s won the Female Vocalist of the year award, so there’s that.
But like all of us who have suffered some sort of trauma or loss, it has an impact and we are affected in different ways.
The mass shootings in Vegas rocked the country world. Jason Aldean, Big & Rich were on the stage just before the gunman took aim. Aldean was in the cross fire. Eric Church spoke and sang out about fans that had come to see him perform.
Ultimately, one man who was an Eric Church “GUY”, was gunned down while protecting his wife. Sonny and Heather Melton were in Vegas for the entire weekend for a festival that was in essence, stalked by a madman. How many others that we will never know were also shot that night. Blessed are the survivors and those that helped in the chaos. That trauma will always be apart of those people.
The Country Music world is tight. Their paths cross at fan expos, tours, festivals. Artists date and marry. Country artists support each other through writing, performing on each other’s albums, encouraging new talents that are coming on to the scene. Probably more outwardly than any other musical genre they connect with their fans.
A delicate balance was rocked from Las Vegas shootings. Add to this the death of a music legend that supplied us with a sound track to our life.
Tom Petty was 66 years old. He had just wrapped up his tour in Los Angeles.
I feel the saddness of the loss of Tom Petty. The Heartbreakers had played at the Superbowl and then a tour was announced. I saw him in Calgary, 2008. It was a much anticipated concert. I have been a fan since the late 70’s.
Facebook and twitter are still filled with his lyrics. He was steady in his delivery and dry in his presence. Tom Petty is an American Classic.
So, Miranda Lambert came on stage last night and with a stiff upper lip and some cowgirl swagger and rolled through her show. I didn’t have any meet & greet access, so I can’t speak to what her mood was like. I do know that many people have complained about how she “comes off”. Now is that because she’s a girl in a male dominated business. I don’t know. Maybe she just needs attitude to get her point across or as she says, “its just me”.
This week’s events were enough to knock the starch outta Miranda, so much so that she cancelled her Winnipeg show tonight. And that’s okay.
Her final song, Tinman was mostly sung by her friend and back up singer, which was okay too. Miranda played guitar and visibly wept. That’s okay. She made no excuses for the kind of week it had been for her.
Sometimes it okay … this Thanksgiving, make sure you are thankful for your family, friends, the life you have and maybe just see how it can be a bit better.