Tuesday, September 3, 2013

P!nk

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to see Pink performing live.

After such a stressful year, I really needed the 'escape' from reality that a trip to the city with 'my girls' entailed. We stayed in a nice hotel the night before, slept in til nearly noon (can't remember the last time that happened) and then got ready for the concert.

It felt like being sixteen again. We talked and sang and did our hair and got way too excited about our special night out. Instead of ringing our parents to let them know we were OK, we rang our husbands to check our children were OK.

Yes, we did have matching PJs - it was a girls' weekend, after all!!!
 
Part of me wanted to be the sensible grown up who sat on an elevated seat and could relax while watching the show. But the part of me who loves a live act, who gets a thrill from arriving early to get a great view won out. We took the train from the city to the venue, arrived in the pouring rain. But not even soggy hair could dampen our enthusiasm.

We were right in front of the stage and it took a bit to stand our ground, but we ended up in almost perfect position to see the show on the stage and above us in the air.

Not everything was to my taste but it *was* a spectacular show. I found myself marveling that someone (who herself is just five weeks younger than myself) could have that level of energy, creativity and stamina after motherhood. It was every bit as entertaining and wonderful as her previous show, I found myself wanting to go again the minute the curtains dropped.

I relived so much of my young adulthood through her set list. I can't think of another singer who has meant so much to me over my adult life. The anxiety, the self-doubt, the love, the loss, the misery and the joy that being a grown up brings... she nails it every time. Don't let me Get Me, Most Girls, Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)... I sang my guts out and loved every minute.

"Just Give Me A Reason"(feat. Nate Ruess)
 
Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I your willing victim
I let you see the parts of me
That weren't all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them

Now you've been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
Things you never say to me, oh, oh
Tell me that you've had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It's in the stars
It's been written in the scars on our hearts
We're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

I'm sorry I don't understand
Where all of this is coming from
I thought that we were fine
(Oh, we had everything)
Your head is running wild again
My dear we still have everythin'
And it's all in your mind
(Yeah, but this is happenin')

You've been havin' real bad dreams, oh, oh
Used to lie so close to me, oh, oh
There's nothing more than empty sheets
Between our love, our love
Oh, our love, our love

 Our tear ducts can rust
I'll fix it for us
We're collecting dust
But our love's enough
You're holding it in
You're pouring a drink
No nothing is as bad as it seems
We'll come clean

 Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It's in the stars
It's been written in the scars on our hearts
That we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Oh, we can learn to love again
Oh, we can learn to love again
Oh, oh, that we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

To me, Just Give Me a Reason to me is the best song on the latest record. It just says everything *I* have learned about love, but way more elegantly than I could ever explain it. Makes me fall in love with Alecia Moore's song writing just that little bit more, and makes me want to hug my husband just that little bit tighter.

If she does another concert tour, I'll be there. Even if it means wearing depends, I'll be standing as front-and-centre as I can afford, singing along.

Are you a fan? What's your favourite song? And does anyone else think the song Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely) is the perfect harried mother anthem?!

9 comments:

  1. I would love to see Pink live one day - so jealous! and you're right, she is so energetic and creative.

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    1. Worth the money for a ticket :) We drove nine hours... live, she is *that* good!

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  2. I'm heading to the city with MY girlfriends Saturday for the concert and staying at the Casino! To say I am excited is an understatement! And that is one of my favourite songs of her's, also. I cried the first time I heard "We're not broken just bent and we can learn to love again." Thanks for sharing and getting me even MORE excited (as if it's possible?!) for Saturday! -Aroha (#teamIBOT)

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    1. You are going to have sooo much fun :) I saw her very last Aussie show last time she toured. Don't worry, she is a powerhouse and will be just as energetic as at her first show. Enjoy!

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  3. Oh, so many of my friends on my Facebook feed have been off to see Pink. She looks great, but I must say, I've not heard a lot of her stuff (I'm old!). Looks like you had a great time. The soggy hair took me right back to a U2 concert from the 90s - 5 rows from Bono himself, soaking wet and loving it! (Ok, now I probably sound really old!)

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    1. Nope :) We love a bit of 90s here. Sometimes 80s, too. I always tell my hubby to turn down Peter Cetera - the neighbours don't need to know *just* how old we are ;)

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  4. I saw her in July. She was brilliant. Don't know how she manages to sing and perform acrobatics at the same time ... but she does it spectacularly :)

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    1. She really does! It's a shame the DVD will be PG-unfriendly. I reckon my kids would love to see some of those acrobatic antics!

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  5. Oh I have heard such good things about this tour. Bummed I never went :(

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