Last week my husband and I went to a Blood, Sweat and Tears concert with friends we’ve known for over 35 years. Yes, Blood, Sweat and Tears’s 50th Anniversary tour. Does that make you feel old? It did me. It was held at a small concert venue that seated 300 people. When we walked in, my hubby said “Good grief. This is a Geezer Fest.” The average age of the audience was at least 60. Yep, I’m a geezer now. But it was one of the most fun evenings I’ve had in a long time.
While not the original members of the band–they must be in their mid-70’s now, if they’re still alive–the music brought back memories of the 70’s and 80’s, when life was simple and we weren’t stressed by world events, cancer and family drama. As soon as the band played the first chord of each song, the crowd immediately started singing. How can I remember all the words to “Lucretia Mac Evil,” “Hi-De-Ho,” And When I Die,” and “Spinning Wheel,” when I can’t remember what happened last week?
The “new” Blood, Sweat and Tears is a younger version of the original group, with Bo Bice performing the lead role. Remember Bo, runner up on American Idol in 2005, losing to Carrie Underwood? Amazing talent, amazing performance, paying homage to the original music in perfect form, right down to his leather bell bottoms and velvet blazer. I loved every moment. Yes, I’m a geezer now. Take a look at him here, performing the original music as if he were David Clayton-Thomas, and you’ll see why he’s touring with this band.
Perhaps one of the best parts of the evening was going to our friends’ house to watch old music videos from the 70’s. Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Steely Dan, America, Boston, The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones… They’re all on YouTube with unbuttoned silk shirts, puka shell necklaces and flowing hair. We swooned over these heartthrobs at one time, but now they made us laugh until we cried. Once again, we geezers were singing at the top of our lungs to songs from our youth, recalling memories of where we were and who we were with as each song played.
If you need a good laugh or a getaway from everyday chaos, spend an evening touring YouTube with friends and a bottle of good wine, singing along with your favorite 70’s rock bands. You may be surprised how may lyrics you can recall. I guarantee you’ll laugh uncontrollably as you wonder “why on earth did we dress like that?” And “we thought THAT was sexy?”
Here are two music videos, with links to entire mixes below. I dare you to sit still and be quiet while listening to them!
I can hardly wait for the Chicago and The Doobie Brothers concert in June. I may tie-dye a shirt for nostalgia.
What music makes you happy? Turn it on; turn up the volume; grab a “salt shaker microphone,” and escape from the world, even for a moment. Music… It’s good for the soul.