We Belong – #JNGListens

“I can’t help it, there’s nothin’ I want more

You know it’s true

Everything I do, I do it for you.”

– Everything I Do, Bryan Adams

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I hear your voice inside me, I see your face everywhere.

– We Belong, Pat Benatar

This week was a music filled one, and I couldn’t be happier about it. There’s nothing I love more than going to concerts and hearing my favourite artists perform my favourite songs, and I especially think the summer is a great time to get out to different venues and watch as many shows as possible.

This week alone, I went to two very different concerts at very different venues in Toronto. The first was on Tuesday night, at the Molson Amphitheatre right in downtown Toronto. I saw Bryan Adams for the first time ever, and the show was absolutely incredible! I’ve been a fan of Bryan Adams, well, since I was an infant. As the story goes, six month old JNG was having trouble falling asleep every night, so her father TG was forced to put on the long version of Bryan Adams’ hit song Everything I Do and rock JNG to sleep to it. This was a nightly ritual, and so the song has become very significant to my father and me – and with a wedding coming up very quickly, everyone in my family is on the lookout for possible songs to use during the reception for those key moments, like the Bride and Groom’s First Dance and the Father-Daughter Dance. I think, especially after this week, we have some real frontrunners, and Everything I Do is definitely one of those. But the Bryan Adams concert was amazing for more than just this one song – he has so many catchy, memorable hits, from Summer of ’69 to Cuts Like a Knife to When You’re Gone, and he really got the crowd going. The Amphitheatre was absolutely packed and was brimming with a lot of younger people as well, and the outdoor atmosphere was totally conducive to a rock concert like this where everyone wanted to get up and moving!

Bryan Adams at the Molson Amphitheatre

Although the Bryan Adams concert was spectacular, however, I do have to say that it wasn’t my favourite concert that I saw this week. That title has to go to the concert I attended last night at a smaller venue, Casino Rama. I can finally FINALLY cross off my bucket list that I have seen Pat Benatar in concert. I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I have wanted to see Pat Benatar perform live since I was in high school and my dad brought home her Greatest Hits CD for me. She is without doubt my favourite female rocker of all time, and I love every single one of her songs that I have ever heard. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite, but if I had to, I would go with We Belong – it is powerful, lyrically brilliant, but also catchy and musically memorable. I was so glad that I got the chance to see Pat Benatar perform the song live yesterday – absolute DREAM COME TRUE!

What stuck with me most about the concert, though, wasn’t even the hit songs or the way Benatar performed them. What made the greatest impression on me was the relationship between Benatar and her husband and guitarist (and producer) Neil Giraldo. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about their relationship until recently, when I discovered that they have been a songwriting and romantic duo for more than 34 years. Benatar’s success owes much to Giraldo’s seriously impressive skills on the guitar and the piano, and his remarkable talent for composing songs. They are a team in every sense of the word, and they were just downright adorable throughout the concert. It is clear that they love each other so much and they’ve had an incredible life, living their dreams and do anything and everything together.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

That was wonderful to see! We all know I’m a firm believer in the power of True Love to accomplish anything, and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are an important example of that. They took their love for one another and used it to create an impressive musical catalogue and an equally impressive career, and they still seem to respect each other so much and value one another’s talents and company. It warmed my heart to hear stories about their songwriting process and the moment when they met – and it warmed my heart even more to have my own dear love SS beside me for it all. It’s moments like that that make me truly appreciate the man I have and the romance I’ve been given. In the past, sitting at a concert like this, I would’ve been a little depressed and sad, and very anxious that I would never find my own soul mate, teammate, partner. But now, I can turn around at any moment and see someone who truly lifts me up, who encourages me, who is proud of me and who believes in my ability to overcome and achieve absolutely anything I put my mind to. There is a feeling of confidence unlike any other that comes out of that.

So, not only was last night incredible and epic from a musical perspective – it gave me a renewed appreciation for my own love story and for the amazing things that love can accomplish in this world!

JNG

Girl with a Green Heart

my green heart

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