Last night a dream of mine came true. Shane and I got to see Bob Dylan in concert for the first time in our lives. We have both been fans for longer than we can each remember. It is a characteristic we share that dates back long before the 10 years we have been together as a couple. We had planned to go see him this summer no matter what it took or where we had to travel to see him. And then last night, we saw him at Mile One Centre here in our own hometown of St. John’s, NL. All I can say is WOW.
We had planned since he announced the concert to only attend tonight’s show which is the first show that was announced. Today is both Shane’s birthday as well as Dylan’s. So we figured what could be more fitting than seeing him play on the day they share as a milestone. Then last night came, we finished work and thought….what the heck are we doing going home when Bob Dylan is playing here in town on the same night. So we sped downtown, found some tickets (great seats too) and had just an amazing night of mind blowing music and a fantastic show.
When we first arrived, we were just both numb with excitement. Our seats were just 12 back from the stage and we could see him perfectly. The band sounded amazing. The second song was an all time favorite of mine, Girl From the North Country (also known as Girl of the North Country). I loved that song from the early album but also the version that he performed with Johnny Cash. I listen to it all the time and often watch the video of his appearance with Cash on YouTube. Then I watched last night’s performance and it completely blew my mind. Typically I am about as emotional as a frozen turnip, but my eyes actually filled up as the song played on and I was sure at that moment, there was nowhere else I wanted to be but there. The night continued with an amazing mix of oldies and songs from the Modern Times album including Beyond the Horizon which is a personal favorite of mine from that album.
We are getting ready now to continue on with our Dylan weekend. We have a room booked in the hotel that connects to Mile One and some friends joining us for a some birthday festivities. I feel pretty confident that tonight will be even more amazing and I truly cannot wait!