Remember When . . .

This afternoon’s post is a part of the Remember When Link Up hosted by the hysterical Emily from the Waiting.  If you haven’t checked her out, please do, you’ll thank me later 🙂


this weeks theme was Remember the time . . . Concerts.

Now we all know I have always had great taste in music.


90’s rap. Yeah — I still know every word.


N’Sync — I’m still heartbroken that you went Bye bye bye.  I’ll always love you JC.


Spice Girls . . . ok so I don’t STILL listen to spice girls, but if we’re sticking with the “back in the day” theme here.  I was a TAD obsessed.  I may or may not have owned the movie at one point (how many people reading didn’t even know they made a movie?!)

And considering that eclectic list of talented artists, it might surprise you to learn that my first concert experience was actually


that’s right.  The one and only Garth Brooks.

I know it might surprise you that Garth Brooks was my first concert experience with how trendy and cool I am (sarcasm) . . .  but you’ve got to remember this was back in the day.  Like back in the day when I knew big bangs and green leggings were cool.


Yes — that is little Ashley.  Is it just me or does my baby cousin look like a giant on little me?

I was probably 11 or 12 when I went to my first concert.  My dad being my handsome date, along with my neighbor and her step-mom.

When I began planning to write this post, I reached out to my Dad — because I figured he would have some fun commentary on the event.

Now as that picture shows, I was and still am very tiny.  So one of the first things my dad brought up in his memory of the concert:

  Top row of the Scott Trade Center.
                       You were able to stand on the seat and see the entire concert – Made it a great night for you.
That’s right all.  We were in the very last row of the Scott Trade Center — a VERY large professional hockey stadium.  But for a little 3 ft girl — that is like heaven.  I stood on my seat the whole night, like my own little mosh pit.  Well — as moshy as you’re going to get at a Garth Brooks show.  Me, my bff from grammar school, and my dad.
This was definitely back in the day when people still brought lighters to concerts instead of their lighter phone app — so I guarentee Mr Brook’s Standing Outside the Fire was quite the spectacle.
lighters_at_concerts Holding a Lighter Amidst the Silence
Being serious for a moment — I do remember this concert being an AMAZING experience.  I was, and still am ;), such a Daddy’s girl — so I know a date night out with him was the highlight of my week, month, year.
My dad was always a huge Garth fan — and that was definitely ingrained in me from a young age.  I remember we had a VHS of one of his shows, and me and my little friend Nick would just watch that over and over again. . . and we may or may not have even put on Garth Shows on his deck in the back yard.   My love for Garth ran pretty deep.
One thing I remember, and another thing my dad mentioned, was that my dad was leaving on a long business trip to San Francisco the morning after the concert — which made me all the more sad as it ended.   The quote from Pop’s
It was a great night.  We loved it.  Then I had to travel the following week to Upper Deck.  You were very sad about that.  You tried to talk me out of it while driving to the plane.
bittersweet moment I had there :).  I remember just crying when the concert was over — a mix of sadness that I didn’t have Garth to look forward to anymore, and the fact that my dad was leavvvving me for a business trip in just mere hours.  I’m sure I thought the world was ending at the moment, but I know it didn’t take away from the amazing evening we had 🙂
Me, my dad, and Mr. Brooks.
So that, folks, is my first concert experience.
And while I may have better taste in music now 😉 (no offense Garth, I still love you…just not a huge country fan you could say). . . I will never forget my first concert experience, and wouldn’t change it for the world 🙂
thanks Emily and Ashley for hosting! It’s always a blast 🙂
Question of the day:  Who was your first concert experience with?

22 thoughts on “Remember When . . .

  1. Garth Brooks was the quintessential musician of the 90’s. I’ve never been much of a country fan, but I always liked him. And I love that you have quotes in here from your dad! That’s so cute! Thanks for joining our blog hop this week! Hope to see you again!

  2. OK, so I LOVED how you got your dad to comment on the concert and integrated his memories into this post. Loved loved loved. Memories are for sharing, and they are made so much better when you get a couple people’s perspectives on the same thing ;D

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