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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spending Time With Family & The Smokey Robinson Concert

Last year, I added a personal dream list category to my blog. I thought it sounded better than bucket list. Its simply a compilation of things both big & small that I've wanted to do and have accomplished doing them. I'm also helping my mom fulfill her dream list. My dad passed in 2007. Smokey Robinson was scheduled to play at Beau Rivage January 11, 2019 and she expressed an interest to go. If you read yesterday's post, you know Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cellist from Harry & Meghan's Wedding) was in concert January 10th (the day before). It was a tight squeeze, because Sheku's performance was in New Orleans and Smokey's was at Beau Rivage (which is in Biloxi, Mississippi). But its only an hour and a half away, so it wasn't that bad. I would do anything for my mom. I've talked about Beau Rivage many times on my blog (be my guest, the gambler, the nutcracker sweet, my weekend getaway, and easter weekend). I love it.

Upon arriving, we checked into our room. I've stayed here countless times before. However, this is the first time, I had such a beautiful view of the pool area from my hotel window. Everything looked so tranquil & peaceful.

We then went downstairs and ate at their buffet. I think I could've eaten their boiled shrimp all night. I also had a plate of their fried seafood. I then had a bowl of their soft ice cream. The peach cobbler was for my mom.

My mom had such a great time at the concert (and I did too! even though I was the youngest there! HaHaHa). My mom is 70 and Smokey Robinson is 78. Smokey was part of Motown (The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes etc.) and started a group called The Miracles. As a child, I was very close to my grandparents. They played a lot of Motown records, which included Smokey Robinson. I grew up on my grandparent's music, my mom's music and of course music choices from my generation. That means I've lived through records, tapes, cds and now streaming. It's so funny to say that! Smokey has a string of hits, but he's also a songwriter. It's great if you can sing, but if you can also write songs that's where the money comes in (for example Dolly Parton wrote the song I Will Always Love You that Whitney Houston made famous...Whitney got paid, but Dolly Parton as the songwriter makes a larger percentage and owns the rights to that song). Smokey has written for a number of artists such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes and a slew of other talented musical artists. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in '87. In 2016 he was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contribution to popular music. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He was a Kennedy Center Honoree. His list of awards goes on and on. It's something to be commended. He sang all of his greatest hits during the concert. He also sang songs he wrote for others. HE SANG. HE NEVER LIP-SYNCED. And what's so funny, is he sounded just like his records. His energy impressed me. He went up and down that stage, leaned over to the audience and connected with his band & backup singers. So whenever I feel lazy, I need to think of his performance. He also mentioned in the past several years, he's been learning Spanish. He just wrote a song in Spanish and he sang it for us. So he's constantly learning, growing and pushing the envelope. Those are lessons learned that we can use in our own lives. Recently Jennifer Lopez said, you can sleep when you are dead! So you might as well keep doing shit! I learned a lot from him that night. I often hear people say, I can't learn anything from this person or that person. That's so untrue. You can learn a lot from EVERYONE (good people, bad people, older people, younger people, black, white, hispanic, asian, rich, poor etc). You can learn what to do and what not to do. Your way is not the only way. Keep your mind open to all people and they will bring (into your life) all kinds of possibilities. I've learned from all kinds of different people.

After the concert, we decided to order room service. I wanted pizza. She wanted club sandwiches. LOL We ended up taking over half of it home with us. Everything was so good. If you go, you've got to try their banana-strawberry daiquiris. They're so good, we got three. We split the third one. They are delicious. So for one night, we had a blast!

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