Last night, one of my besties and I saw Mariah Carey in concert.
The concert was faaantastic! Mariah's voice is still as amazing, accomplished and powerful as it was in the early-, mid- and late-90s. (I guess I could just say it's ALWAYS been accomplished, hahah, even beyond the "golden 90s".) Needless to say, she nailed all those crazy-high notes.
"Seeing one of my beloved childhood/90s musical icons in concert" = well, I can cross THAT baby off my proverbial bucket list!
(...or retrospectively put it on the real one!)
Back in Karlovac I'd always loved Mariah, but it wasn't until mama bought me my very first CD a few months after arriving in Oz July 1994 that I was hooked (that CD was, of course, Mariah's hit album "Music Box"). And even though I no longer listen to Mariah and no longer like her like I did when I was a kid (no duh), I've always had a soft spot for her. Yes, even in spite of the melismatic vocal gymnastics. Ha!
But anyway, the concert!
It lasted 1h & 20min (a wee bit on the short side given most concerts are at least 1.5-2hrs on average), and there were some major hits she didn't sing (boo!), AND she didn't do an encore[!] -- quelle horreur! BUT! Overall it was excellent, and I'll focus on the overwhelmingly positive aspects of the concert. Highlights: "I'll Be There" (with the wonderful Trey Lorenz right there to duet with Mariah, given he came as one of her backup vocalists!) + "Emotions" + "Always Be My Baby" + "My All" + "Close My Eyes" + "We Belong Together" + "Hero"...
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"Hero" made me cry...sniff!
(I used to perform the karaoke version in front of my mama and grandpa back in 1995.)
And you know what?
Every time I go to a concert, I kind of...regret(?) that I never pursued singing in a more professional capacity. Ugh. I mean, sure, I'm a soprano soloist in a chorale, and I love that, I really do, but I feel like every time I go to a concert, my heart aches a little because I wanna be doing THAT. I wanna be right there on that stage. And it's not like I want the pop stardom type of singing, God no, but...part of me would love to be a backing vocalist part- or full-time. And hey, I've had backup vocal experience in the past.
(Boy, I sure didn't expect to "get deep" with this post, hahah.)
In a perfect world? If I were a singer professionally? I'd wanna do music that's a fusion of Eva Cassidy, Sarah McLachlan, Adele, Bic Runga, Heather Nova, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Tori Amos and Agnes Obel. (...I know, right?)
Maybe I should play around with writing some songs, music and lyrics...? Heh heh.