As Randy is still recovering from major surgery, we aren’t able to hike or explore yet, but we can be entertained! Our timing is great because entertainment abounds for snowbirds in Mesa.
We could go to a show every night. More than any other year, the music is right in our sweet spot – the 70s.
We saw an Eagles tribute band called One of These Nights right in our own park. They were so good! I actually enjoyed this concert more than the real Eagles concert we went to years ago. (Randy would probably disagree with that although he loved this one too.) It is amazing how tribute bands can sound exactly like the original.
A few days later we went to a sister park and saw The Chicago Experience celebrating Chicago. It was an odd assortment of wonderful musicians including an amazing young singer (who could really move) to a seasoned, balding trumpet player and every possibility in between.
One of my favorite songs in life is Color My World by Chicago. I was determined to get that on video and started recording the beginning of every song so I wouldn’t miss that wonderful keyboard beginning. Randy finally told me he could see the sax player, could see when he picked up the flute, and that could be my cue. If you too loved Color My World, I hope you enjoy the video below.
Then we saw the “real” performer, Melissa Manchester. The tickets for the real deal are more expensive ($45 per ticket) than the tribute bands ($15). Imagine that! We enjoyed the evening as she sang her hits and iconic songs from her new CD Fellas. She had stories about her songs and the various artists she’s worked with over the years.
One of the cool things about this show was the side videos showing her singing the songs during other parts of her life, almost perfectly synced.
And as much as we enjoy being entertained, we have done a few other things.
Randy took this picture of me not having fun at all! I have been doing all the driving and early on I wouldn’t even let Randy have the radio on because I just needed to concentrate. By now I am mostly accustomed to scooting along at 75 miles per hour on the endless freeways but I’ll never enjoy it. I was totally unaware when he took this picture as it was rush hour and no one else seemed to think 75 was fast enough. I hate driving 80 mph on a crowded freeway. I will cheer when Randy can take back driving!
I also had fun taking stained glass classes here in the park. In the first class we learned to cut and grind glass.
During the second class we made a sunrise/sunset piece where we learned to tape and solder. It was fun.
I may do something again or I may try something else. The choices seem endless.
And from the home front…