A month or so ago, I found a Facebook event for a concert, Hans Zimmer Live with Orchestra and Chorus. I marked myself as interested, but I wasn’t sure if I would go or not. We’ve been very specific about what we spend our extra money on, if we have any. These days, it’s about paying our bills, eating, and building our businesses. But we are also trying to be purposeful in living our lives and enjoying the journey. Last week, we decided, yes, we will go to the show. I knew deep down, I would regret it if I didn’t. I am so glad that we went, because friends, this concert was the most amazing thing I have experienced in my life.
For the past few years, I have lived off of soundtracks. I play them constantly. My most played playlist includes the soundtracks to TRON: Legacy Reconfigured, Interstellar, and Inception. Once I made the connection that Hans Zimmer composed Interstellar and Inception, I dove deeper into his other work. His brilliant work includes a lot you probably didn’t realize he did. Some top things include The Lion King, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Again, I’m so glad we went to the show.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m a complete dork and do things like look up a setlist for a concert I’m going to attend. Sure, it takes away the surprise of what will be played, but in another way, I feel so prepared. As I compiled the setlist for the show, I was blown away by the range of songs. You can see my setlist on Spotify, the order wasn’t the same, but I’m pretty certain all of the songs were played.
We packed some snacks, a blanket, and two factory sealed water bottles, and headed to Merriweather Post Pavilion. I am ashamed to say I’ve never been to a show here. Or, if I have, it was when I was very young. It was such a fun venue! The fact that we could bring snacks and a blanket was so enjoyable. We arrived before the gates were opened, and snagged a very good spot. I took a quick picture and posted on Instagram using the event hashtag. Little did I know, that a little later, MY photo would be put on the big screen! It was so surreal. We enjoyed a soft pretzel with cheese, our only purchase there, and worth every penny.
The show started with Hans walking across the stage to a piano with a martini glass and shaker on top. Throughout the show, Hans took to the microphone and shared stories about the movies he had scored. He pointed out musicians who had played with him for years. He highlighted their talents, their drive, and their ability to play and have fun. He was gracious, he was heartfelt, and honest. I loved that each musician from his band was highlighted. This was no show with Hans as the star, even though this amazing music started in his mind. This show was filled with many stars, and each quite literally, got their place in the spotlight.
In some respects, I think I expected a nice symphony concert experience. What I received almost cannot be put into words. It was electric, it was magical, it was sweet, it was dark, it rocked my soul, gave me endless goosebumps, a smile almost always on my face, and tears of joy close to leaking out most of the night. It was three hours of glorious music. I love that it was such a varied crowd. One guy exuded such joy when the Lion King set came on. He danced, he clapped, he was our joy personified. There were all walks of life on the stage too. I sat there most of the night wishing I could share this experience with everyone I know. I wish I could bottle it up.
Since I can’t do that, I want to implore you to find a show and go. Make it happen any way you can. This is something you must experience. It is worth every penny. There are still plenty of East Coast shows, and a few West Coast shows, and a few in between left. If you go, I’d love to hear about your experience.
Now excuse me while I blast this playlist, and let the music fill my day.
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