I went to a gig last night. (Brandon Flowers –the Killers’ vocalist- at the Eden Sessions, Eden Project, Cornwall.) It’s a beautiful location, great acoustically and only holds 5,000, so you can really get up close and personal -right near the front-without worrying for your life.
I’m always fascinated when I go to see a band. I fully expect to be the oldest person there and have to admit, usually spend time getting ready – trying to get myself into ‘rock-chick’ mode rather than look as I’m off to the local pub for a swift half, (not that I actually drink beer mind, but it sounds better than a Spritzer.) So it’s smoky eye makeup, hooped or dangly earrings, a draped scarf, skinny jeans and a black vest –though down in Cornwall I can be a bit more of a surf-chick – hoody, flip-flops and sunglasses.
Then, as I’m walking into the venue I’m aware of the diversity of people and how my own insecurities always get the better of me. There are families with relatively small kids, and at the other end of the spectrum, golden oldies with pot bellies, balding heads and weird shoes, (that’s the men) and women with long flowery skirts, greying hair and old-school Clarks’ sandals . My first thought is always; “Wow do they really like this band?” But then why not? Fashion doesn’t dictate your taste in music, nor does age, and there’s no better way to find your inner-youth than rocking it! So, as I hit the next decade, I shall continue my taste in rock and will dance the night away (I can’t not move when I hear music,) and as long as I can keep jumping to those anthems, I’ll be leaping with the best of them arms waving in the air….so good for the heart ….and the soul! And the main thing is of course….no one else cares.
About me: So, I have been married for 28 years and my husband and I have known each other since we were 11 (although I had a brief marriage to an Italian in the 1970s). I have a 24 year old daughter who is interning at a London Ad agency . I was previously PR director for Toni and Guy and currently work 1990 when they started franchising and I became PR director for Toni&Guy and now work for TIGI as a consultant. In 2003 we moved to Cornwall. My husband took (very) early semi-retirement. Since then I’ve been splitting my time between London and Cornwall. My daughter and I now ‘share’ a flat in Battersea, a couple of hundred yards from my office. When I’m in Cornwall I fit in as much exercise as I can!