Saturday, August 12, 2006

The $5 Sawyer Brown Concert

We girls went to the camper to rest awhile before the opening-night concert.  As we were getting ready to go back to the fairgrounds, Natalie once more had her "sock problem". 

"I guess I'll just tuck you into bed here, and then Monica and I will go to the concert," I told her.

She had a miraculous recovery, and away we went.  (No, people... I would NOT have left an 8-year-old girl alone in the camper... but I heard no more about sock trouble for the rest of our stay, and I detected no limping.)

Four years ago, Monica and I attended a Sawyer Brown concert.  You see, on opening night, concert tickets are $5.

It was the best $5 I'd ever spent up to that point.

In the years since then, I really hadn't thought about Sawyer Brown much.  I have some of their music here, but seldom listen; you know, there's so many singers I enjoy.

So this year, Sawyer Brown was the opening-day act again... another $5 concert. 

At one point, Mark Miller asked everyone to raise a hand who had never been to one of their concerts; about 75% of the crowd raised a hand.

"What?" he said incredulously.  "We've been together now for 25 years!  Where have you folks been?  If you ain't seen us by now, you folks need to get out of the house!"  (I love that, because one of Cliff's favorite expressions is, "You gotta get OUT this house!")

Mark Miller, the lead singer, is so appreciative of his audience.  And when the group sings their hits, it makes me wonder why I haven't been listening to their songs more.  The lyrics are great... like this:

Well I ain't first class
But I ain't white trash
I'm wild and a little crazy too
Some girls don't like boys like me
Aww but some girls do.

Or some that state exactly what I believe:

Daddy worked hard for his dollar
He said some folks don't-but that's ok
They won't know which road to follow
Because an easy street might lead you astray

I'll take the dirt road-it's all I know
I've been walking it for years
It's gone where I need to go
Oh it ain't easy-it ain't supposed to be
So I'll take my time
And life won't pass me by
Cause it's right there to find, On the dirt road

I have lived life in the fast lane
You gotta watch your back and look both ways
When it's said and done the time we have is borrowed
You better make real sure you're headed the right way

Oh, and the best thing?  Kids don't get bored at Sawyer Brown concerts, unless they're under age four.

Sawyer Brown rocks!


fmgruber said...

I read you all made the fair experience safely all in one pieces.
Our county fair opens Monday. Slowing down the last couple years Frieda and I are home before dark. Can't help it, we're no longer interested ti that night life anymore.
And my being tone deaf, going to those concerts, I can't see nor hear of paying good money to listen to noise. At home I can turn the valium (volume) down until I can hear it.

deshelestraci said...

I saw them when I was living in Oregon over 10 years ago.  They are great!

siennastarr said...

I've always liked Sawyer Brown, although I have not had the luxery of seeing them in concert!  I agree with you though!  Sawyer Brown Rocks!!


lv2trnscrb said...

I'm so out of it; I never heard of Sawyer Brown; but it sounds like you had an awesome time


bookncoffee said...

Sawyer Brown puts on a good concert.  When we saw them a couple of years ago it was at the grand ole opry and they "tore the stage up" with their energy.
Loved 'em.
What a great bargain for $5.

magran42 said...

Once again you've made my day...taking me places I can't go any other way.  "Boys like me" reminds me of my daughter's teenage years.  That song was popular then.   Thanks!