When I started this blog I did this thing every week called Solo Sunday. It basically meant that I would go out and do things by myself which I normally would not consider doing. I went to the movies, the zoo and even a musical all by myself. That part of the blog only had five installments because while it was fun and made me (the person who does not like being alone) feel adventurous, it also took a lot of time and sometimes it could be really expensive. Which is why after the fifth installment I wrote that if it came to it I would do another Solo Sunday when the opportunity would present itself. So while I was at the house of the guy I am now on only going to refer to as the bra-thief the opportunity presented itself.
John Mayer just announced his tour dates for the Netherlands and seeing how much I listen to the guy I just knew I had to be there. Initially I asked my mom whether she would go with me and she said she would. Sadly after what seemed endless refreshing I managed to get my hands on only one ticket. For a long time I did not know what to do with it. I was very tempted to sell it again because not only was it a seated ticket (which is fine when you have someone with you) it also was not that great of a spot (2nd ring). I offered the ticket to my mother first because I knew how much she liked John Mayer as well. After she refused because she did not feel tempted to sit by herself I decided to keep the ticket. I had been dying to visit one of his concerts and his music does have a special meaning to me.
Because April had been such a crazy month with everything that was going on I basically forgot all about the concert. I mean I knew I was going to visit John Mayer soon but the time flew by so fast that when the week of the concert came around it was a pleasant surprise. On Monday I found out that I was selected for the candidate-candidate board of my study association (people have to vote for you, which explains the candidate x2) which resulted in a night of drinking and bonding with the people who I will be working with next year. I thought about not getting back too late…. I think I ended up in bed by three o’clock. The next night we had the reveal-drinks in which we would be introduced with our candidate x2 board position. After being congratulated we went out again and I once again made the promise to not go home too late… I got home by three once again but did not sleep till six in the morning. Save to say I was feeling terrible on the day of the concert. Because I would be flying to England the next morning I had arranged to eat at my dad’s place because he does not live too far away from the Ziggo Dome.
It took quite some time for me to get out of bed and ready but once I got on the train to my dad’s it started to sink in that I would be sitting by myself at a concert in a few hours. Normally I am very organised but at that point my life was a bit of chaos. My dad had to print out my ticket because I totally forgot to do so and after a nice pasta meal I headed straight over to the busstop to get to the venue. I had not been to the Ziggo Dome before so I did not have I clue as to where I had to go. At the same time of the concert there was a soccer match going on so as I walked to the venue I could hear the shouting of excited fans over my headphones (turns out they were winning 4 to 1). I decided to pretty much follow the crowd and luckily for me they led me straight to the Ziggo Dome.
I got a locker to avoid having to wait endlessly at the end of the concert and made my way up to my chair. Luckily for me everything was very easy to find and before I knew it I found myself situated in between two couples. Now I should have seen that one coming but it was still slightly awkward. I came in during the supporting act and they were already really good. After they left the stage it took quite a while for John to show up but when he did… oh boy.
The decor and his voice and the rest of the band was awesome. The concert was divided into chapters: Chapter 1: Full Band, Chapter 2: Acoustic, Chapter 3: JM Trio, Chapter 4: Full Band Reprise, Encore, Encore 2. In total he played 20 songs and seeing there was a second concert the day before (they announced the 3rd of May one first) he did mention he only played three songs twice. I loved the fact that he considered the fact that certain people might go to both concerts and just to make the show more personal by changing around the set-list rather than just sticking with one. Now maybe this is a normal thing for artists to do, I would not know I do not go to concerts that often. The entire experience was a good one for me. I knew every song by heart (which seemed to surprise my neighbours because while I was singing and tapping along with my foot, they were pretty much quiet the entire concert). I was especially excited when he played In Your Atmosphere which is my favourite. The only thing which I thought was a bit disappointing was the fact that because I was situated so far a way from the stage and the Ziggo does not have additional screens hanging around the venue, that at times I could not really see anything but his silhouette. I personally like being able to see someone’s expressions during their performance. Luckily for me at times they did work live footage into the decor.
The concert in itself was just so good that I am perfectly able to look past the fact that my chair was situated so far away from the stage, or the fact that I had to stand up for people who wanted to get something to drink or so in what felt like every other minute. I did lose part of my heart that night to a man called John Mayer and I would not mind him contacting me if he were interested in giving it back in person.
I hope you liked Solo Sunday being back this time and do let me know if you want it to come back more often.