21 November 2010 ~ 8 Comments

My Unique Elton John Experience

Elton John and Leon Russell graced the Asheville Civic Center stage the other night. I was not one of those people who paid $150 for a ticket. I didn’t buy a ticket at all,  but I had a wonderful Elton experience none the less.

Frito my dog and I, decided to take a stroll down to the Civic Center to capture the evening vibe. The concert had already started. We walked down the hill and out from the side of the building came this wonderful piano music and an incredible voice. Of course I had to stop. It just happened to be the wall where the stage was and you could hear Elton and his band  perfectly.

I wasn’t planning on standing outside with my ear pinned to the door for very long, but two hours passed and I was still there. It was a real treat. I could hear the three or four back up girls wailing away. They were great singers in their own right. I heard most of my favorite Elton John tunes and sang along. I danced by myself and the people walking by smiled at me.

I met a man named Luke while I was standing there. He looked sad and lonely. He told me that he’d been in Asheville for four years and the company he worked for closed down. He had been out of work for four months and didn’t know how he was going to get by. We both got silent.  We gazed across the street at the beautiful Catholic church and he asked me if I had ever been in there. I said “Yes, it is quite beautiful isn’t it?” He’d been in the church several times.  ” It’s what keeps me going” he said. He got a little teary eyed.

The next man to come along was Jethro.  His front teeth were missing, he smelled of alcohol and had a smashed in nose that looked like it had seen a few fists. He was very friendly.

I started to get a little nervous but then quickly realized that these guys were harmless.  The whole civic center was surrounded with taxis, limos, police cars and the channel 13 news crew. I figured I was pretty safe.

I found out Jethro was from Detroit and had been a drummer in a band at one time. When Elton started playing the song Daniel, Jethro pulled out a picture of his brother and told me a bit about him and how he had died. It’s too sad to tell on my joy log. We stood and looked at each other in silence.

The three of us stood together listening to Elton for two hours. It didn’t matter who they were or where they came from. It mattered that we were all Elton John fans and could share the love of his music.  I felt sad for these two men standing with me. I wished I could have done something to make life better for them.

Elton started playing Tiny Dancer and it came to me…… I said , “Well, being here listening to Elton John brings some joy into your life doesn’t it?  They said yes it does.

With that,we sang together loudly,  “Hold me closer tiny dancer, count the headlights on the highway, lay me down in sheets of linen, have you had a busy day today?”

I was starting to get cold so I left before the concert was over. Jethro and Luke went their separate ways.

I didn’t get in to see the concert but it was a night to remember.

Experience Joy And Pass It On!


8 Responses to “My Unique Elton John Experience”

  1. Lance 21 November 2010 at 1:13 pm Permalink

    Ever see the movie Almost Famous? When the band is on the bus right after their plane nearly crashed and they start singing that song… And some think the chorus is “Hold me closer Tony Danza” hahaha

  2. Lance 21 November 2010 at 1:14 pm Permalink

    Great post, I enjoyed reading it!

  3. Amy 21 November 2010 at 5:55 pm Permalink

    A little squeeze from Tony Danza wouldn’t be so bad!

  4. tebbe 22 November 2010 at 5:40 pm Permalink

    I can attest to the joy of outside listening. I bought one of those tickets and sat in the nosebleed section facing perpendicular to the stage. This caused me to have to watch the performance over my shoulder. It was a great show but I got a stiff neck. So we left early. When my wife and I were heading for our car we happened upon my lovely friend with her ear plastered against the loading doors with a smile. Oh what joy we can have when we make ourselves available.

  5. Richard Camuto 23 November 2010 at 11:45 am Permalink

    I got arrested trying to sell one of those $150 tix. Glad you guys had a good time on the outside. The slammer did have some atmosphere, so all was not lost. Thanks Ken.

  6. Amy 23 November 2010 at 12:36 pm Permalink

    I wish you’d straighten up your act buddy. Always getting into trouble.

  7. Amy 23 November 2010 at 12:41 pm Permalink

    You’re made of the same cloth my friend….we create our own joy.

  8. Paula 26 November 2010 at 8:15 am Permalink

    What a sweet story Amy. I’m touched by the connections that one can attract by just being open and receptive. I’m sure you touched those two as they did you. And oh! The added beauty of ‘taking in’ the music of Elton John at the same time.

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