Funny thing happened the other night in Hollywood. I was a kid again. Not cool enough to have seen truly one of the greatest and most influential bands when they were first hitting the scenes all those years back, life granted me a second chance this wonderful night.
Set to the raucous and beautiful music that is The Pixies, I watched and listened to them tear up the Palladium stage as I had so many other bands in my youth at this very same spot. But never The Pixies. To be here on this night, way older made me appreciate life’s journey and how so often, we think we do not get what we deserve or work towards. Yet nearly twenty years after the fact, here I was, feeling like a kid listening to one of my favorite bands and just soaking it all in. Not as an older person, but through the simplicity and eyes of a man feeling way younger then he had in a long, long time. The beauty of listening to The Pixies live made me feel like I did all those years ago when friends and I would sneak out to Hollywood and see all types of shows. The rush was back and this night it was set to The Pixies!
Life, like music, is all about reliving what makes us happy. And listening to The Pixies do a set to a sold out crowd in Los Angeles, consisting of “Doolittle” and lesser known b-sides, inspired me to reflect on my own life. Surrounded by a crowd of enthusiasts, there was something surreal for many of us. But ultimately, the sense I picked up from the crowd, was that this night was an opportunity for so many of us to finally experience something we had never before.
We all change, we grow. We get a bit slower, we wage our struggles and hopefully we are triumphant in our return to happier times. The Pixies, all their drama behind them and themselves humbler and changed for the better, reached out to an audience on the first night of their tour that touched so many of us. Funny thing, life. Just when you think you are not getting what you need, you get what you wanted and desired for so long. The wait and the people that come along for it were way better then anything you could have had before this experience!
Reflections of all the time past from the first Pixies show I missed to present time, made me appreciate all the travels and experiences I have had in my life. People have come and gone. Changing cities have been my canvases were I have created my own life. Yet one constant is the awe-inspiring power that music has always played in my life. And that power was evident on this night when The Pixies made me, and so many others in the audience, reminisce on a time past, and made us all smile for the journey it took to get us, like them, to this moment where we could all be enveloped in the love and energy that only The Pixies could have brought. The sheer joy at hearing this band will stay with me; even it is another twenty years until I see them again!