Reneging on a Promise
Remember how I said that my son Declan’s first major concert would be at Red Rocks, no matter what? Um. I think you all are gonna cry foul on this one.
Because we are taking him to the Mile High Music Festival this weekend.
Yes, Yes, I KNOW! Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – while very nice – is certainly NOT RED ROCKS.
But here’s the thing. John Mayer is playing the Mile High Music Festival.
And Declan’s history with John Mayer goes back a long way.
Exhibit A: When I was trying to be, um, “caught” with Declan, Room For Squares had just been released. And while we were incredibly lucky to be, errm, “caught” in just 4 months, there was a lot of “Your Body is a Wonderland” going on in the background. To this day, Bryan still thinks that album is one of the most boom-chicka-wow-wow collections of music there ever was. Besides Barry White, of course.
Exhibit B: I was 2 months pregnant when John Mayer toured Colorado the first time. I sat way way way in the back, nervously protecting my newly pregnant belly from the noise. But I like to think Declan became a John Mayer fan from the womb. The date was 4/13/02, which will become more important below.
[photopress:JohnMayerShirt.jpg,full,pp_image]Exhibit C: Declan decided to come 2 months early, due to a placental abruption. After a shocking mad dash to the hospital, a day wondering “is this was it?,” a final startling rush to the finish line, and 1 minute delivery via emergency c-section, Declan was born on Friday the 13th, 5 months to the day after John played the Fillmore. All the while, the hospital staff was too frantic to cut the John Mayer t-shirt off that I happened to be wearing that day. The one that featured the photo of John Mayer as a little boy, no less. (Don’t worry, that shirt is now in Declan’s memory box. After a proper cleaning, of course).
Exhibit D: Declan did really well for a 32 week preemie, but had to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks. I was released after 4 days. As I got in the car, weeping to be leaving my infant son back in the NICU, I heard the new John Mayer single on the radio for the first time.
Exhibit E: Flash forward to now. Happy, healthy 5 year old Declan loves all kinds of music. But there are about 5 songs he has COMPLETELY latched on to. One of them? “Waiting on the World to Change.”
Not a big surprise, I guess.
But when I had the opportunity to take the kid to see Mr. Mayer in a fun outdoor festival atmosphere, I couldn’t pass it up.
Even if it means his first real concert *won’t* be at Red Rocks.
Have you taken your children to their first concert yet? Who was performing and where?