Gather 'round while I tell you a story.
Wait. First, let me tell you about Sarah Sample. She's awesome. She's lovely. She's a great musician and performer, and I'm really looking forward to her opening act for Friday's Rooftop Concert. I first saw her perform solo last year, and I've since loved her CD 'Someday, Someday,' a smart and eclectic collection of songs which will certainly be available for purchase on Friday, so be prepared to fall in love and walk home with a new CD. My personal favorite from the album is the song 'Staying Behind'.
Okay. Now I'll tell you that story.
Many years ago (ten? Was it ten? Almost?), I was told about a show I should attend. A show of the music variety. I do like the music, you know. My friends Sarah and Scott told me about the show. "The Abbey Road Show," they said.
I love Abbey Road. My dad had made me a copy of the album on a cassette tape (my dad is a CHAMP at giving Mix Tapes as gifts), which I loved because, since it had been recorded from a record player (google it, Kids), I could hear all the scratches, which just made it seem more Beatles to me.
Abbey Road Show? In Provo? Whatever could that mean?
I went to the show, and was blown away. All local musicians, performing the entire album, start-to-finish. So much talent. I floated home that night, with a tinge of jealousy that I hadn't been one of the performers, but vowed to stay as close to the Provo music scene as I could because: 1, I love it, and 2, perhaps one day, if that show were to be performed again, I might be a part of it -- not a frontman, just backup vocals. It was, and has been since, one of my dreams.
Fast-forward to Friday (two days from now): The Rooftop Concert Series show for July is, you guessed it, The Abbey Road Show. Now, here is where you're waiting for me to tell you that I'll be singing backup vocals and that one of my dreams has been realized. And this is where I tell you that it is not the case (not that I didn't try). I will help set up the stage that day, and I will help mark off the aisles and put up barricades and organize where other prep work needs to be done, but at showtime I will be singing along with some amazing local musicians from my seat in the audience.
Will you sing with me?
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