I went to the Martina McBride concert in SLC last night. WOW!! The opening act was Mark Wills (sp?). I cried when he sang Don't Laugh at Me. But then again all the women around me cried too, so I don't feel so bad.
Martina sang all of my favorite songs, and a few I hadn't heard before. It was totally awesome!! Julie, you would have loved it. I got up and danced for a couple of songs. The gal that went with me had never been to a concert, but loved Martina too. We had front row center seats on the balcony. A perfect view of the stage and crowd. There were screens up on either side of the stage. Martina looked like a little barbie doll, but the screens showed a lot of close-ups on her face.
I did feel a little bummed when she sang one song (My Love, My Valentine). But I got over it really quick.
She sang a Pat Benatar (sp?) song ---> Hit Me with Your Best Shot. She sang Concrete Angel, Broken Wing, Independance Day, In My Daughter's Eyes, My Baby Loves Me. Tons of great songs. She also sang a lot of cover/tribute songs. She sang songs from Johnny Cash, Loretta Lin (sp?), Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, and a few other names I have forgotten. She sang Stand By Your Man, and in the back ground they showed footage of Tammy Wynette rolling, and it looked like she was actually singing. That had to be difficult to time the band and Martina's vocals to match video footage from years ago. Definately a memorable portion of the show.
She had been singing lots of fast songs, and then she stepped back and the stage went dark. There were purple spotlights moving around, and new-age sounding music, for about 3-4 minutes. Then she sang Concrete Angel. They showed footage from her music video, and I cried like a baby. (I tear up just thinking about it). It didn't effect me nearly as much before I had the girls. Now it just about tears my heart out to hear the song (or see the music video). The little girl in the video is a blond hair, blue eyed absolutely adorable little thing. I can't help but want to gather her up and take her home. I keep thinking that I should be doing something more to help kids in that situation, but I don't know what. I know the obvious things, like report abuse, educate people about alternatives, etc. But it doesn't feel like it's enough. As you can guess I pretty much sobbed during this part of the show.
Luckily she followed it up with a fast song. I felt there was some irony in the fact that the next song was Independance Day. Hmmm interesting timing, someone has a sense of humor.
I have to say that I would definitely go to one of her shows again. Maybe in a year or two she will come back through Utah. Would be a blast if Val, or Julie, or Mom (or all of us) could go together.