For those of you that don't know, I am a huge music fan. Music played a vital role in my teen years, as I’m sure it did for most. Back then, my primary interests were in Pop, R&B, and classic rock (influenced from my dad). My musical tastes have broadened over the years and fueled my interests. I’m just as much into music now as I was when I was a teen.
Time stops for me when the Grammy Awards and American Music Awards come on every year. I watch them intently, trying to guess who will win and anticipating each performance. One of my favorite performances of all time was Imagine Dragons’ performance of Radioactive during the 2013 AMAs. Now, I’m not a huge Imagine Dragons fan, but I dig the songs I hear on the radio. I was already a fan of their song, Radioactive, which was getting pretty substantial radio play in 2013. But when they performed it live on the AMAs, and it wasn’t the standard radio version, I lost it. I was up off the couch, fully present in that moment with them. The energy was palpable…THROUGH my television! I had recorded the show just in case something happened and I couldn’t watch it all. I remember playing that part of the AMAs over and over for weeks. To this day, I still get chills watching it on YouTube. (Be sure to check it out if you’re into Rock…seriously…check it out.)
I share my love of music with my daughter every chance I get. This year, I let my daughter stay up late to watch the Grammys. (Staying up late is a big deal in our house. She becomes a demon child when she’s off routine or lacks sleep. So, staying up late—and on a weeknight—is a HUGE deal!) It was so special to see her excited and full of anticipation! Once she found out she was staying up late, she asked repeatedly how much longer she had to wait until performances started.
As we watched together, my heart melted. I got to see her fashionista side when artists walked in on the red carpet and she commented on their attire. I got to see her face light up, and her butt wiggle in her seat, when she saw performances of songs she recognized. I got to answer her many questions about artists and songs with which she wasn’t familiar. I got to share with her my excitement of Ed Sheeran’s one-man band performance. Then there was Beyoncé! I could go on and on…
I was amazing conscious during the show, which allowed me to not only take in the awards ceremony, but also my daughter’s beaming delight. She wasted no opportunity to be engaged in the experience…and I couldn’t be happier…even if she did stay up late.
Be open to what comes.