From One Chord to Another

A few nights ago, my husband and I went to see a great show at the beautiful Capitol Theatre. Sloan, a band originally from Halifax, was celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album From One Chord to Another.

They played the entire album during the first half of the show and came back after an intermission to play a few more songs. This is the second time I’ve see  a concert like this and I must say, I kinda like it.

In 2014, we saw The Ataris in Anaheim, California and they played their album So Long Astoria from start to finish. Even though I love that album, I was really hoping that they would play my favorite song of theirs, San Dimas High School Football Rules, which they did as their first encore.

Once they finished that song, I told my husband that we could leave and he looked puzzled since the band was still on stage getting ready to play another song. I told him that that moment couldn’t get any better and that’s how I wanted to remember the concert and that band. So we left!

These two concerts reminded me of two things : I’m getting old (especially when Chris Murphy reminded us Tuesday night that that particular album came out in 1996 – I was 16!)  and how much I love music.  One song (or in this case an entire album) can bring you back to a specific moment in time and flood you with the same emotions you felt at that exact time of your life.

Since the show on Tuesday, I’ve been rummaging through my old cds and listening to music from my past (and I realized that I don’t actually own that Sloan cd…I have it on tape!). It’s actually quite liberating! If you have a little time this weekend, I suggest you do the same. Grab an old cd from your past, go for a ride and sing your heart out. If you have young  kids, let them join in the fun (as long as there are no explicit lyrics) or if you have teenagers, let them be embarrassed! Either way, enjoy the blast from the past. Music has a healing power and I know I feel better after a good singalong.

“This music is the glue of the world, Mark. It’s what holds it all together.  Without this, life would be meaningless.” Eddie from Empire Records  (another blast from the past and a movie I highly recommend!)


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