This morning in Spinning class, the instructor played a ZZ Top song, “Tube Snake Boogie.” That song reminds me of when I saw them in, I think, 1985. They were in Laramie, Wyoming, playing on the college campus. Same spot that our Cowgirls won the WNIT championship last Saturday. Night Ranger opened for them and it was a good show.
When ZZ came out, I remember standing and never setting down back down. From the first song, I stood and sang at the top of my voice. I sang like no one else was there. Just me and “The Little Ol’ Band From Texas” having some fun. At some point, I noticed there was a lot of others singing, too. Sometimes a band will prompt the audience to join in on a certain part or yell something, but for this night at this show, no prompts were needed.
At some point further, ZZ just stopped singing during the song. Can not remember which one, probably one of the songs that was made popular from their videos on MTV off the “Eliminator” album, like “Gimme All Your Lovin.” This was not during the chorus or, again, with any prompts, they just stopped singing and kept playing. When they stopped singing, everyone got even louder. The next song, same thing. Then they played Tube Snake and did not sing any of it! The whole place was on their feet singing as loud as they could!!! Gives me chills just thinking about it.
Boy, I had fun!
Being a musician myself, I think that is the ultimate compliment. To go to some small town like that, play a show and have everyone know all the words to your songs and to sing them like that! I had so much fun at that show! Nothing fancy, no special lightening or theatrics, no tower of flames or laser lights shot into mirror balls. Just good old rock and roll. When it comes to playing music, that to me is all that I have ever wanted: to play and have everyone have fun. Dance, sing, forget about life and live!
For me though, I want my lyrics to have meaning and significances, even to provide help. So now you know what I dream about sometimes when I am listening to music.