|Photo by Jenny Challand|
Over the holiday weekend, I flew up to Boston for the kick off of Hanson’s Anthem World Tour. This marked show number – oh god, I’m actually going to share this – 30 for me. Yes, that’s right. I’ve officially seen Hanson more times than the number of years I’ve been alive.
The other part? Because they make really good music. Is it earth-shattering, mind-blowingly good? Maybe not, but it’s such a part of me that I literally do not know who I would be without it – and that’s good enough for me. There’s just something about hearing songs that define me live that makes me feel so completely alive. It’s ebbed and flowed over the years, but that feeling I get when I’m standing in front of a stage, waiting for them to come out and play, is like nothing else. As long as it’s available to me, I’ll keep chasing down that musical high.
|Photo by Jenny Challand|
I haven’t participated in every single one available to me, but when I do it’s pretty cool to be a part of a huge group of people walking a mile through the city streets around the venue – most participants barefoot to drive home the idea that we have it incredibly good here in America. There’s always people who stop and stare, in awe of this massive group of people walking together. The chance to answer the question “What’s going on?” always opens up a unique conversation.
Our walk in Boston took us from the House of Blues around Fenway Park and to…well, I’m not quite sure where! I just played follow the leader and tried to stop for cars and driveways our parade of people was blocking from time to time. I hadn’t done a walk with Hanson since 2010 in Dallas when the Steel Train boys stood around afterwards, ogling my Format T-shirt I had on (which still cracks me up), so it was nice to re-experience and reconnect. After wandering Boston all morning, it was also a great way to get excited about the show later.
I stood in the crowd (at 5’11, I usually shy away from that). I didn’t dance as much as I usually do. I got separated from Melanie and Jenny a bit and almost felt like I was there alone. But at certain points in the set, I just closed my eyes and let the music wash over me. And in those moments, I felt like I was home.
More than likely, you’ve read my previous post about what happened post-show Saturday night. And if you’re still wondering who the heck still goes to see Hanson…I’d suggest clicking here. (And see if you can play ‘find The Good Groupie’ – ah, the benefits of being tall…) But I should also add that this too happened post-show Saturday night.
I’m still not quite sure why Isaac looks like a golden sun god next to me – I thought I got a little color during that trip to Wisconsin back in July! But nevertheless, what a fun way to end August.
Next tour stop: Austin & Dallas!