The Best Damn Concert: Garth Brooks Tour 

I have not had a post-concert high in a long time and I am loving it! 

Last night, in the spur of the moment, my fiancé and I bought tickets to see Garth Brooks. We were both talking about how we haven’t been to a concert in a while and randomly I went on StubHub to see if there were any reasonable resale tickets. Sure enough, there were two seats that were selling for a more than reasonable price. I felt like it couldn’t be true, but I jumped on it and snatched them up before anyone else could. I won’t disclose how much we spent, but it was a steal. I would have been willing to pay more, but this was a deal I was not about to pass up. And no, these weren’t the best seats in the house, but they were decent seats in my opinion for what we paid.

We got to the venue around 5:45 pm. This was about the same time the previous show (five sold out shows in total for the weekend) had just got out. Thankfully, the sun was beginning to go down so it standing in line for about an hour wasn’t horribly unpleasant. Once inside, we took our seats and realized the section we were in was going to be impossible to get out of once the show started, which was fine because once it did I had no desire to go to concessions or need the bathroom.

Mitchel Rossellini, the opening act, did a four song set. He was actually really good for just him and his guitar belting out song after song. Definitely check him out! (And ladies, he’s got the looks, too.) Then Garth Brooks took the stage at 8 pm and the everyone went nuts. 


From the moment he took the stage, Garth was full of energy, singing his heart out and jamming out, and oozing with appreciation for how much the crowd loved him. It’s hard not to love him. He truly made it known that this show was for the fans. He played all the old songs that gave him the amazing career he has today. He told funny stories and really relished in how much the crowd loved every single thing he did. Some artists that I have seen in the past take the stage, go through the motions of their set list, and when the last song has ended they are done. I’m not saying other artists aren’t good live or aren’t appreciative of their fans, but Garth seemed genuine his entire show. Sure, some of it’s a gimmick, but he made it feel like he honestly, whole heartedly loved what he was doing and let the fans know it.


There was not a dull moment in his show. Sometimes there can be at concerts aka the bathroom breaks, but there really wasn’t. I lost count how many songs he played (and there were a lot). He played for two and a half hours with a minor break in his set so his wife, Trisha Yearwood could come out and sing a few of her songs. Girl has still got it, too! Even when we thought the show was over, he came our easily for another twenty minute set of just him and his guitar and played fan favorites that he hadn’t played yet and threw in a few covers. I’m not going to lie. I lost it when he played, Piano Man by Billy Joel. 


For anyone who is debating whether to go see him, or hasn’t seen him since he went on tour last, or are seeing him for the first time like I did, just go! He’s worth every penny. You won’t find a better artist (unless you’re really not a country fan) out there. 

Share your Garth Brooks concert experience with me in the comments below. I loved to hear about it. Or give this blog a like if you’re a Garth fan! 

Beauty and the Beast: Movie Review

The moment I found out that this movie was being made into a live action version, my inner child squealed! Beauty and the Beast is THE Disney movie I grew up on and is and will forever be my all time favorite. After watching it tonight in a packed theater, I think fell in love with it even more than I already am.

Beauty and the Beast was everything I had hoped it to be and more. The casting was spot on! Emma Watson was beautiful and brilliant as Belle. There was not a single actor in this film that I did not like. The in-depth to the storyline that highlighted the mystery of Belle’s mother was truly touching and interesting. The quick and witty humor of Lumierre and Cogsworth (and even Lefou) had me laughing more than I thought they would. The new songs, especially Evermore, were nice touches. The imagery was intense and stimulating. Be Our Guest was by far my favorite with all the colors and lights. 

(Side Note: I kept waiting for the delicious smell from Mickey’s Philharmagic in Disney World to be piped through the theater during Be Our Guest. Anyone else feel this way?)

There were some things I wasn’t keen on was at times it felt like some of the scenery lacked depth. I know, I just said I loved the imagery, but there were parts that were very movie set-esque. An example is when Belle is singing the Belle (Reprise) in the meadow. It was a little too obvious to me that it was on a set with digitally added scenery in the background. Also, the auto tune. I know that adjusting sound for songs can be necessary but Belle aka Emma Watson’s signing didn’t sound super natural at times. These are all things I can look past though because there were so many pros vs cons.

I’m literally on a post movie high from this film. I will say someone literally must have been chopping onions in the theater this entire movie because my eyes were constantly watering. I don’t know how one can see this film and not get a little emotional. There are a few scenes that really got me. I won’t say which so I don’t spoil too much.


But in all honesty, if you loved the animated version than you will love this one. It’s that good. I’m ready for round two!

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Divide by Ed Sheeran Appreciation Post

 

Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate how talented Ed Sheeran is…

I’ve never been a huge Ed Sheeran fan. I like his music, don’t get me wrong. I’m just not a big enough fan to download his music the very second it drops. That was until Divide released. Since then, I have had Divide on repeat for the past week, especially at work. Sorry not sorry to my boss.

To say the least, I’m OBSESSED with this album. If I’m not listening to it for the 100th time at work, I’m jamming to it in my car during my commute. When Shape of You released, I was instantly hooked, but it’s not the only catchy song on this album. There are so many! Galway Girl has to be my top played song at the moment. It’s fun. It’s upbeat and I love the Irish fiddle incorporated into the mix. Eraser is another that I can’t help but blast, too.

Now that I have listened to this album, I have a new appreciation for Ed Sheeran. The guy is talented. I mean, did you see his one-man band at the Grammy’s this year? Not many artists do what he does.

So if you find yourself scrolling through iTunes or Spotify or whatever music stream you use, I recommend giving Divide a listen. What song is currently your favorite from Divide? Tell me in the comments!

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Fifty Shades Darker: Movie Review

Well, well, well, Mr. Grey is back and better than ever!

Fifty Shades Darker was my favorite book from the trilogy, so I had high hopes for the film adaptation. After watching the first film, I felt like, as a fan of the books, it just didn’t live up to the hype that the books created. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the first movie, but I had just wished for more. That being said, Darker definitely brought more! More character development, more plot, and way more sex than the first movie. (This one was raunchy! I seriously was not prepared for the almost NC-17 rating that this film could have received if they had taken it any further than they already had. Yeah, it was that MUCH.)

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Jamie Dornan knocked Christian Grey out of the park. This time around he seemed to understand Grey better than he did in Fifty Shades of Grey. He brought more intensity, humor, a range of emotions, and a whole lot more shirtless scenes! Christian genuinely smiles in this film and it happens more than once. Dakota Johnson I thought did a great job as Anastasia Steele. It was very apparent that the two of them felt more comfortable with their characters and interacting with one another than the first time around. Their personalities shined through and it was fun to watch them bring Christian and Ana to life.

Honestly, if you are a fan of the books, you’ll like the film. There are just a lot of little moments (unexpected humor) throughout that make it great along with the pivotal moments (the proposal and Christian dominating Leila), too. Don’t go see this movie thinking every scene will be exactly like the book. There were a few subtle changes, a few things left out, but it was still great in my opinion. I would share with you my favorite scene, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint which one that is. So much happens in this second film (book) that it’s a bit overwhelming.

My only complaints with this film were that it moved a bit fast and lacked to give depth to a few things. It felt like they just skimmed the surface at times. I was a little disappointed with the scene where Christian becomes the submissive. This was a scene I was looking forward to a lot. It was a huge moment in the book and while the scene leading up to that moment was perfection, it just lacked something for me. That’s just my opinion though.

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And can we just talk about the soundtrack for this film? The music was amazing! It set the mood for  so many of scenes in so many ways. Helium by Sia is hands down my favorite. It’s really beautiful, plus I am a big Sia fan. She’s super talented. Her song is featured when Ana sees Christian with Leila and feels like she isn’t enough for him. See the film, listen to the song, and you will have major feels!

Despite the negative reviews it is receiving, this film was made with the fans in my mind. If you’re not one, than I wouldn’t recommend it. That being said, and being a fan, Fifty Shades Darker exceeded my expectations. It is definitely worth seeing (maybe even more than once just to stare at Jamie Dornan for two hours) if you enjoyed the books.

 

 

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La La Land: Movie Review

Ok, let me start off by saying that I originally wrote this blog post/review last Sunday. I had every intention to post it then, but as I was writing this was when my cat got sick. Don’t worry, she’s fine! After a trip to the vet earlier in the week, she got her dose of kitty antibiotics and is back to her old self. It wasn’t until today that I realized I still had this sitting in my drafts, so here it is…

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My fiance and I went to see La La Land last week and WOW! I have always enjoyed musicals (done right, that is) and classic Hollywood films and THIS film encompassed both.

If you haven’t seen the movie and would like to, please stop reading because I may reveal a few spoilers below.

I had high expectations going to see this film after hearing all the wonderful reviews and watching it basically sweep the Golden Globes. Now, I know why so many people love it and why it won so many awards because it deserves all of the awards.

The begins story in true musical form with a catchy number that takes place on the crowded highway of Los Angeles. Once the song is done, which is a shame because it is truly one of those songs that makes you want to get up and dance, we have our “meet cute” with Sebastian and Mia. We learn that Sebastian is a struggling jazz musician and Mia is a struggling actress. Coincidentally, they run into each other and their relationship blossoms as any Hollywood love story would. As they work toward their dreams, they hit a few bumps in the road that test their relationship and ultimately sends them on their separate ways. By doing this, it helps launch their careers and finally reach their aspiring dreams. Fast forward five years and we see our main characters living their lives happily without each other. When they finally are in the same room again, a simple glance and with the help of a few notes played on the piano by Sebastian, we are transported to the “what if” scenario. The one that shows the happily ever after of success and falling in love for Sebastian and Mia. However, that isn’t the case and the movie ends with them stealing one more glance and smirking.

Honestly, I LOVED the way this movie ended. I liked that they didn’t ride off into the sunset together. I know many people who didn’t like the ending for this reason and I believe it’s because they interpreted this film as a love story filmed with great acting, chemistry, brilliant singing and songwriting, and visually stimulating scenes. While I agree that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s acting and chemistry were extremely on point, and while the singing, songwriting, dancing, and overall film was an absolute joy, I did not view this film as a love story. It was never supposed to be about a love story, at least not the main focus. How I interpreted the film was Sebastian and Mia falling in love was just part of the story. What this story really is about is not falling in love with someone, but falling in love with what makes you happy. Their relationship was a part of their individual stories. We got to see in the end that for the both of them they were living out their dreams, just not together and that’s OK. Sometimes people are temporary in our lives, but that doesn’t change the memories and the emotions we may have for them. We will always carry a torch for the people in our lives that truly touch us in ways that mold us into the people we want to become. Even though Sebastian and Mia didn’t work out in the end, you can tell that in that very last scene they are happy for each other and be okay with how life turned out for one another.

Agree or disagree, everyone is entitled to their opinions this is just mine.

Setting aside the ending, this film was entertaining , charming, and so well-written. It’s nice to see a film that isn’t based off of a book, series, etc. La La Land is truly an original film that will make you feel a full range of emotions. I highly recommend it.