For some reason, this artist comes to my mind every now and then. I mostly know of him through a couple movies I’ve seen and LOVED (Spirit of 76 and Dickie Roberts), and an outdoor festival I saw him play back in the mid/late nineties.
We could have paid the $100 meet-and-greet ticket, but honestly with hiring a babysitter for 7 hours for this night out already, it was a pricey night already as it was. In fact, months ago I put the word out on Facebook that I’d love for our band to be considered as a possible opening act for Mr. Garrett- (to me it was another way to meet him-wink wink). I was put in touch with one connection but that connection would soon fizzle out and dissolve in to the ether. But that was okay. I was happy just to take the night off instead! Plus, I got to see another great opening act that night!
OMG-I really enjoyed this show! I usually root for who I think might be underdog musicians and I think I originally just wanted to go to this show to show my support for someone I actually kind of admired. I was really surprised and very grateful for going because this guy brought a FABULOUS, ALIVE and FUN show! His band is seriously amazing, too! I wanted to just stare at each band member individually for minutes on end, but I didn’t want to forget the person I actually came to see-ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Leif Garrett!
I would soon realized that I was not there to “fix” anyone with my “musician to musician” support. I was there to find what it was inside of ME that needed a little bit of healing and understanding. I would be getting in touch with whatever I thought was wrong with “out there” while getting in touch with what Leif was actually teaching me that was going on “in here”. In other words, if we heal what’s going on within ourselves, we heal the whole experience of what’s going on “out there”, presenting us with a pleasurable experience!
BACK TO THE SHOW
Yes-back to the show, indeed! I want to really make this known that besides for the originals Leif plays, he also mixes in some covers. But DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND me here because they do NOT play covers like a cover band would (Believe me, I’ve seen enough and I’ve been in cover bands myself to know the difference!) What they bring is their own personality to the musical mix. I was even thinking about this within various moments of the show-they make each song really special while making the set for the audience enjoyable AND fun! (Remember-this is my own personal perspective from my experience of this show).
My takeaway now is this. I am sure that this beautiful man has struggles, as many of us also have. Still, I stand inspired here by a gift Leif brings that no one else can touch. It is his own unique fingerprint and gift for this particular time on this planet. To me, he is the real deal-whether he believes it or not. His band-the real deal. The chemistry and music they bring-it’s real and they are AMAZING players! The energy of the room Leif seems to attract-playful and appreciative.
What ever goes on within the person…the band…the fans….I don’t know. Why Leif only plays once a year? I don’t know. Does Leif want or not want to be recognized and to nurture his gifts further is unknown. Whether Leif plays only for himself or if he really loves playing for his fans-I simply don’t have a clue. All I know is a great experience I had of a fun show.
I even got a sweet compliment from a girl after the show from the stage (that she and many fans were on for the last song of the night). She told me I had a nice smile!
…and THAT completed the night exceptionally!
Thank you for reading and Happy Birthday again to you, Leif!
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