As much as I love being active and dropping money for yoga/camping/running/hiking/swimming gear, I’d sooner shell out money for new music cds and concerts. Music is my first love.
I’ve been to countless concerts over the years (and already have tickets to so many this year!), have an extensive collection of music on my computer/iPod/purchased cds. I even had a brief stint singing in my brother’s now very successful band, The Pinstripes. To be very clear: my stint was VERY brief and has zero relation to their success. I may love music but I am no singer.
Last weekend, one of the local radio stations, KBCO, played a 3 song set that I submitted. KBCO regularly asks listeners to submit a ’3 song set’ to be played on their ‘Select A Set’ weekends. If your set gets played, you win a smaller prize and all sets that were played are entered into a much larger contest. This time, the smaller prize was an intimate concert with The Fray and the larger prize is an expenses-paid trip to Moab, UT.
While driving home from dinner last Sunday, Alex and I were listening to KBCO and The Head and The Heart’s , Down in the Valley, came on. I love this song and asked Alex to not change the station. At the end of the song, the DJ said, ‘That 3 song set was submitted to us by Lynne in Denver’. Cue Lynne from Denver’s freak out.
Because my set was played, I was invited to an intimate concert with The Fray. You likely know The Fray from their hits like: Over My Head, How To Save a Life, You Found Me and their new song, Heartbeat. The Fray is also homegrown right here in Denver, Colorado!
(I know, I know. I need a real camera. Still.)
The show was at the Soiled Dove Underground on Saturday evening. It was AWESOME. They played stripped down versions of their songs and were very interactive with the crowd. Since it was such a small show (think small comedy club sized room), they even offered to take questions from the audience.
I had so many favorite parts about the show but I think what I liked best is that The Fray were able to play songs that probably don’t get played at their full-scale, larger shows. The last song in particular was the very best icing on the cake for me.
Issac, the lead singer, played a solo, acoustic, no microphone/speaker/electronics version of their song called Happiness. During the many months of Long Distance Relationship-ing, I would listen to this song on the plane home from visiting Alex. I got a bit teary-eyed hearing this song; it punctuated a time in my life when I was missing my love and to hear it again, live and so authentically, with him standing with me, was such a treat.
I loved every minute of the show. Thanks a million, KBCO, for playing my set and hooking me up to see The Fray. To anyone in a city where the Fray is playing this spring, go see them. It is absolutely worth your time and money!