Maybe I'm amazed. No, I am definitely amazed that Paul McCartney can still perform the way he does. Last night's show at Fenway Park in Boston was absolutely phenomenal, and I was blessed to have been one of who-knows-how-many people in the enormous crowd.
I first wrote about the McCartney tickets and upcoming shows a few weeks back in this post; Paul McCartney at Fenway Park by Kimberly Ripley, never imagining I'd be gifted with an early birthday present of four tickets to some pretty spectacular seats.
My husband, my best friend, my youngest son, and I arrived at Fenway yesterday afternoon, a little before 5PM. Doors opened at 5. MGMT was the opening act, and they started at 6, playing for just about 45 minutes. I wasn't familiar with them, but they were excellent and I really enjoyed their music. They looked young...probably late 20's or early 30's, and their music was a cross between light rock and alternative.
Paul came on at 8PM and played almost nonstop until nearly 10:30. He and his band did two encores....finally exiting the stage amidst more applause, screaming and whistling than I've ever witnessed.
Our dear friend who recently took his life was a huge McCartney fan, as well as a guitarist. The song Let It Be was played and sung at his funeral, and so when Paul performed the piece it gave us all chills. Later when he played Yesterday, I felt like Kevin was actually there with us. I don't often get such feelings.
Being a pianist myself, I have always been quite taken with any of Paul's keyboard performances, and last night was no exception. The man is an all around musical genius, and I feel so incredibly fortunate to have witnessed his talent in person twice in a lifetime.
So, yes, Paul....I still loved you when you turned 64. And now.....
at 67 I am in awe of what your body, voice and soul can do. I'll carry your music in heart heart as I continue down that long and winding road, and I'll forever do my very best to let it be.