Forewarning: All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone because SOMEEEBODY forgot the digital camera.
So on August 9th, my Dad turned 62 years old. He is now eligible for social security checks, but anyone that knows my dad will tell you, he’s not the typical 60+ kind of guy. He rides his bike across America, he travels to foreign countries, climbs behind the shed down the shore to pull weeds and gets poison ivy on his face, drives a motorcycle, and has just started learning to play the guitar. So because of his adventurous nature, I decided to take him to see The Beach Boys.
The reason I bring up my Dad is because, I consider him and my mom to be pretty “hip.” They know the new music, the celebrities, the trends. And I guess it took going to The Beach Boys concert at Longwood Gardens yesterday to really notice that a lot of other 60+ are the polar opposite of hip.
When I say, this was quite the crowd, I literally felt as though I had stepped into an alternate universe. There were several Hawaiian themed outfits, which is to be expected at such an event. Since my Mom made fun of my Dad’s Charlie Sheen attire, he snuck over to this gentleman so I could snap a picture for comparison. See Mom, it could be worse…
So, we went into the show and got ourselves some Amstel Light and a soft pretzel to share. Before we knew it, we were on the only ones sitting in the garden courtyard. Never a good sign. This super friendly and feminine man came to let us know that we needed to take shelter because they had been tracking the storm and lighting was headed our way. The concert was postponed to until further notice. I will give them credit, Longwood has a stellar communication system. They had someone tracking the weather and anticipating the delay/estimated start time of the concert. And, lots of walkie-talkie action. I was impressed.
Most people headed back into the lobby, but not us! We put our speed walking skills to the test and raced up the hill to the gardens to have a more pleasant place to wait. Not too shabby:
Obviously beer + the sound of rain = pee break! We asked this silver-haired lady to guide us to the bathrooms and she whispered as we walked that we were headed to a place where the walls were alive! That’s sounds like a horror film to me, but this could be my late induction into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, so I followed silently. She took us to these bathrooms, which my Dad and I agreed upon, was the highlight of the trip so far. My Dad declared “if I were homeless, I would live in here.”
So we waited….and waited…..and at 9pm the show finally started!
Let me just say, I know where all the Baby Boomers go to get funky. The crowd was a mixed bag. Naturally our row was filled of lifeless wet blankets who sat quietly in their seats with not so much as a head bop. But the ladies of row 5? B-boppin’ as if they hadn’t been out since the Beach Boys were popular 4 decades ago.
After the 5th song I had never heard of, I started asking myself some questions.
What about BA BA BA BA BArbara Ann?
Where is Uncle Jessie and the Rippers? Aunt Becky? Who’s watching the twins?
Being the youngest person in attendance by a long shot was an eye-opening experience. The tickets were a little pricey for the younger folks I guess, but IT’S THE BEACH BOYS. Classic surf jams. I did think it was very strange to watch a 70-year-old-man sing about surfing, california girls, his room, and what he’s going to look back on and regret as an old man. Although, he did have a great sense of humor and teased himself for being old and washed up. At one point in the show, he asked everyone to raise their “cellular devices” into the air instead of the classic lighters method. Talk about showing your age, buddy.
On the way out, I thought I might have to break some hips. These elders were aggressively trying to make it to their cars first so they could get to bed before 11p.
So today, I leave you some Beach Boys classics: in this Party Time Volume 5 CD:
listening to Beach Boys Medley by Beach Boys on @Grooveshark: http://tinysong.com/IFV1 #nowplaying