Let me preface all this by saying I am losing my hearing so this is not really a musical review of a concert. There is a certain tone range that I have lost so that if you are a soft spoken woman with a mid-range voice you might as well write down what you want to tell me cause I’m not hearing it unless you make an effort to speak up or up your tone a bit. That said, I still love music and I still on occasion go to concerts. The music, depending on the instruments used, sounds off pitch and distorted to me in concert. I recently went to see the Face to Face tour (Elton John and Billy Joel). These men represent my youth in many ways. I have seen each separately at least 4 times starting in the mid-70s. I haven’t seen them in concert for a long, long time though. When these pudgy older guys walked on stage they bore very little resemblance to the heart throbs of my youth (Billy your hair man!). But when they sat down at the piano they were transformed. I’ve seen this happen before – when I saw Ravi Shankar. This frail old man toddled on stage and as he began playing the sitar, his age and frailty just disappeared as music and energy just poured out of him. But I digress… Elton and Billy didn’t disappoint – they still have the same spirit and their voices and fingers are going strong as are they especially Mr. Joel. Pianos and vocals are mercifully within the range of what I can still hear accurately. Unfortunately one of my favorites, Funeral for a Friend, sounded so completely distorted because of my hearing as to be almost a psychedlic experience (not that I would know what a psychedelic experience is like mind you). I have an audiologist appointment already made – altho’ I’m not sure this is something that can be fixed. Elton and Billy seemed to be enjoying themselves which is always important towards putting on a good show. Their voices worked remarkably well together. And it seemed like they worked at mimicking each other’s vocal stylings when singing the other’s songs. I think Billy has always had a facility for this (My Baby Grand) but Elton’s Piano Man was a wonderful surprise.
The boys presented a three and a half hour concert of almost everything I wanted to hear. It did leave me with a desire to see Billy Joel in a solo concert. Although he did start off with Angry Young Man (see my previous post on the song), there are many of his lesser known songs that I think he might perform in a solo concert.
Oh and as an update to my previous post on my adventures in the garage – the spiders are being kept at bay and progress is being made albeit slow. I’ll have to post some of the treasures I’ve found in there at some point (I even found a program from one of Billy Joel’s early tours when he had this gorgeous tousle of hair and that soulful stare….)