As is blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer of my life, my life is very boring. It’s uneventful in the sort of way that I usually like it to be.
Now before I go any further, in order to put the following in perspective, I just want to say — music is a big part of my life. And I’m not just saying that in the sort of way most people do — in that they really don’t mean what they’re saying. I repeat, music is a big part of my life. I’ve spent over half my life learning and performing, both vocals and, to a lesser extent, multiple instruments. I’ve spent the other half being an informed, knowledgeable and highly critical aficionado of certain very specific kinds of music.
Moving on, I am a big fan of one Manchester band in particular, Oasis. Again, I am not just saying I am a big fan. I own, listen and enjoy everything they’ve ever released — albums, singles, recordings of live performances, compilations … . I also have a ton of unreleased stuff — such as unofficial recording bootlegs from the time the band used to play in small bars. Anywho, as a further sort of “mindless drone” mark of my “true fandom” (and to be reasonably informed of Oasis related news), I signed up a long time ago on their website to be on their mailing list.
Occasionally, I’d get the odd e-mail from that source about totally arbitrary things, like their site has been redesigned and what not. I bore through stuff like that, and a few days ago, I got a very spam looking e-mail bearing the subject “OASIS UK SUMMER TOUR 2005 — EXCLUSIVE PRE SALE OFFER !”. My gut reaction to all caps subjects is to delete, but I decided to open this. And lo and behold, it’s the band’s summer UK performance schedule, complete with instructions on how to buy tickets early, so you’d actually get them. Since I was no where near the UK, I forwarded it to a friend who’s recently moved there. In a sort of “at least someone gets to use this cool chance” way. He mails back all excited, and within a little while, something amounting to “if you can make it I’ll get you a ticket too” was said to me. Of course, I hadn’t payed careful attention to the exact dates and figured the event was sometime sooner, like next weekend. So I got all sarcastic and basically said of course I can’t make it. And 30 seconds later, I read it again. It said summer, it said July.
I now own tickets to an Oasis concert. In July. In Manchester. And I plan to make it.
Now the important message in all of this is — this sort of thing would be one of the most crazy things I’ve ever thought of doing in my life. More importantly, pulling it off would mean my life is just that little bit less uneventful. I’m all giggly-giddy teenager like at the prospect.