Denver, Demi, & Duh
Right before I left on my trip, I had the pleasure of seeing a lot of my family members at my sister’s surprise birthday party. One of my aunt’s mentioned that when she and my uncle travel, they always try to catch a baseball game to see different stadiums across the country. I thought this was such a unique idea. While I will always be a Mets fan, I knew baseball games were not going to be my thing. There is only one type of event that I will leave happy, no matter what, and that is a concert.
Picking Our Denver Concert
In Asheville, we were able to see some live music at breweries and at Downtown After Five. In Denver, I knew I wanted to go to a concert venue in the city. Last year, we were able to see a show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. It is an incredible venue, but the tickets are usually expensive. When I started my search for the weekends we were in Denver, there were a few concerts that stood out. Ultimately, we were between Kelsea Ballerini and Demi Lovato when Demi announced that this would be her last tour. She made our decision for us.
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I have always been a Demi Lovato fan, but this tour was my first to see her live. It is unreal how big of a difference it made. Expressing emotion through a TV screen is challenging, but I always felt she did a great job. If only I knew then what her emotions would feel like live, the TV never did her justice. Her new album came out at the end of August and I tried to listen to it as much as possible before her show. Unfortunately, her new sound is not one that you could listen to in every instance.
Going into the show, I was confident I would love it because she is so talented. Even if she only played her new album, it would be worth it to see her live. Little did I know, her tour is filled with *almost* all of her best songs across all of her albums. It turns out it was the best time to see her live.
*I say almost because she didn’t sing a single Camp Rock song nor “Anyone”.
The tickets were a steal. The venue was the Fillmore Auditorium. It is a really cool space that is a mixture of warehouse and ballroom. There are exposed pipes and brick, but also, chandeliers. The show was mostly general admission.
While I wouldn’t change a thing, I am not a fan of general admissions indoors. There was no chance I was going to stand in the crowd, for fear of a mosh pit, and I would not be able to see a single thing. We stood next to the sound booth, behind a walking path, in hopes that the space would allow me to see better. There were definitely some parts of the show where I was staring at someone’s shoulder.
By going to see Demi Lovato live, I created a bucket list of Disney artists from my childhood that I need to see. The list is: Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers. I am halfway there, but will continue to go to every new Jonas Brothers tour with my sisters.
A “Duh” Moment
I am grateful to my aunt for sparking my “duh” moment about my love for concerts. It also answered another question I was having this past week. While listening to an episode about emotional spending on my favorite podcast, Her First $100K, Tori prompted everyone to convert their purchases into “X” dollars. Each person’s “X” would be different.
The example she gave is about someone who is obsessed with tacos. When they were going to make a purchase, they would equate the purchase into tacos. If a taco costs $5 and a jacket costs $50, is the jacket worth 10 tacos? If the answer is yes, go get it, but if the answer is no, put it back. Since listening to the episode, I was trying to figure out what my taco equivalent would be. The answer, you may have guessed, is concerts.
Now that I have figured it out, I feel stupid. The lasting happiness a concert provides me is incomparable to anything else. Yes, I love my clothes and they do bring me joy, but thinking about a concert I went to years ago will still put a smile on my face. At the risk of sounding extremely cliché, music is my life. I hope more of my favorite artists are performing in the cities we are visiting for the rest of this trip.
Find the type of event you will go to each time you travel.
Listen to the podcast episode about Emotional Spending (Episode 25) and try to identify your “X”. Tori does not try to convince you to stop spending money. She encourages you to stop spending money on things you do not care about, so you have more money to spend on the things that you do.