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Stormzy In Glasgow


This week we’ve had music pounding in our heads and our hearts.  We finally got to a concert that I think I’d booked tickets for back in December 2019 at the launch of his album Heavy is the Head.  It’s not music for the faint hearted and not the kind of thing I normally go for.  However with two teenage boys in tow who like to challenge my music tastes!  At the time of booking he was hot off the heals of his Glastonbury show and Brit awards, it made for a great Christmas present.

The concert got moved twice, and eventually he made it to Scotland!   The boys two years older.  One at uni and the youngest now older than the eldest when I bought the tickets.  Feels a little crazy saying that!  It was a great night and nice to see them bonding, fist pumping and generally soaking up something that had been a long time coming.

One of my highlights had to be the whole audience singing together. Bob Marley’s, don’t worry about a thing in the pre show warm up. Made me think of my dad who was a big Bob fan and can picture him looking down on us.

Has to be said the concert made me feel old given the demographic in the audience!  And on that note It’s now 40 weeks until the big birthday that feels like a real marker in the sand life wise.  I’m thinking of breaking the 10 weeks into 4 pseudo sprints.  Using a little bit of Agile methodology.  A way to focus on some pre big 5 ’O’ goals.  One of them being to remove the winter/Covid pouch that’s appeared of late. 

Trying to eat more of a Mediterranean diet, no pasta, no rice if I can help it. With uni boy back for the Easter break though, these things make good plate fillers and every time I look in the fridge it’s like the locusts have been! So it’s a battle around cooking for a family vs cooking for me. Add to that, I like cooking!

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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  1. Thistles and Kiwis

    I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to a concert like this…..sounds like a great event.

    • akeerie

      It was quite something, the lights and the artistry behind it were amazing

  2. Jo

    I’m trying so hard not to have the starchy fillers in evening meals – we eat a lot of Asian style dishes mid week and therefore a lot of rice. It’s fun trying out new recipes though…

    • akeerie

      I know that feeling. I try to have smaller portions on the rice front. Takes will power!

  3. Melis

    Oh I’m glad you got to finally go to the concert! Live music is always such a profound experience 🙂 I have a show I’ll be attending in May and I am so psyched!

    Best of luck to you with your diet shift and cooking challenges! May it all go smoothly 🙂

    • akeerie

      Definitely carried me through the week, my wife and I have a few more smaller shows coming through the year which I can’t to see. Thanks for saying hello.

  4. Gary A Wilson

    Hey Alex,

    You’re a better man than me. I’m often willing to pay for a concert for the offspring as long as I don’t have to go. I’m from the Neil Diamond era and never saw the point of music that knocks seismographs out of alignment.

    On the other hand, I have a diet for you that might work for you. I used it to lose 10 pounds over 30 days. It was pretty simple: almost no breads, pasta, rice or other grain products, fresh lightly cooked veggies. beans are okay and even encouraged if served with low marbled meat or fish, lots of black tea and the real game changer – catch covid and sleep through most of those 30 days.

    Yea – you might prefer to just back off of breads and pasta and get good exercise in each day.

    All the best..

    • akeerie

      I think you should stick to database wisdom rather than dietary advice 😉. I would like to see Neil Diamond in concert though. The Stormzy concert at time of booking it felt like the boys needed a chaperone, two years later maybe not. Hopefully they will look back with fond memories when a song from the 2020s gets played on the radio.

  5. Susanne

    How nice to finally go to a concert! Maybe that experience made up for the challenging music style.

    • akeerie

      I really enjoyed it and great to see the songs I’m not fussed about to be performed live. A lot of songs I liked as well, so it was all good. Definitely a great show.

  6. Writing Sparkle

    I bought a cookbook a while back with Mediterranean diet recipes. There is one in there with a bunch of vegetables, shrimps, and spices that is delicious. Thanks for the virtual coffee.

    • akeerie

      Sounds great. I’ve taken to roasting a whole bunch of veggies and spreading them out the week on salads. With shrimps might notch it up a level.

  7. trentpmcd

    I don’t remember the last time I went to a concert – too long ago and I might need top remedy it, though most likely not Stormzy… I do know a lot of people going to concerts they booked over two years ago. Surreal. Hope you have a great week.

    • akeerie

      Think it must be frustrating for the artists also. Hoping this is the return to a normal.

      • trentpmcd

        I’m sure it has been frustrating tot he artists.
        Thinking of returning to normal, unless there is a major setback, I should be visiting your corner of the world in August. Well, the highlands and over to the Isle of Skye. Keeping fingers crossed that the (so far fictional) Omega variant doesn’t shut the world down…

  8. notesoflifeuk

    You can’t beat the atmosphere of a great concert. My next on is Bryan Adams next month.

    • akeerie

      Bryan is awesome in concert, I’ve seen him a couple of times. Once in a large stadium and the other up close in a theatre. Both very memorable.

  9. kirstin

    I used to love concerts. Nothing too hard rock or heavy metal for me though. Glad you enjoyed it. Concerts are just a blast.

  10. Ju-Lyn

    Wow! A post-pandemic concert! What fun! So glad it’s finally taken place and you were able to enjoy it thoroughly!

    Ah! Uni Boy is on Spring Break? Happiness feeding the hungry college student!

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