My favorite band was coming to town. I purchased my tickets two months in advance to ensure I was not going to miss this event. The night of the show, I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. My inner fangirl was ready to come out.
The Toadies are currently on tour to celebrate the twenty-year anniversary of their record Rubberneck, and they were playing the album in its entirety during their tour. Rubberneck is a record that got me through some pretty emotional times back in the day. This album was my “go-to” album. I knew it word-for-word, and I couldn’t wait to sing along with the band.
Two acts later, the time had come. I was sick with anticipation. The curtain went up, the music started, and as promised, the band played every song from the album, start to finish and then some. I didn’t stop singing until the show was over. I was on the biggest music high of my life. I went home that night with a raspy voice, ringing ears and a smile the size of Texas.
Music is the one thing that is always there when I need it – it’s there for me when I want to celebrate the good times, and it’s the shoulder to cry on when I’ve had a bad day. I came to rely on Rubberneck when I needed both of those things and it never let me down. Although this is my third time seeing the Toadies live, the songs still feel as new as the day they were first released.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I’m old enough to celebrate a twenty year anniversary of a record, but I will gladly embrace the years if it will keep me singing along at the top of my lungs – whether it be in the car, shower, or as always – at a concert.