Tuesday, May 05, 2009


On Sunday I went to see Seal in concert outdoors at the Valley View Casino in Valley Center. My seats were very good. They had a raised platform for the wheelchair seating, which gave an unobstructed view of the stage and was above the heads of the spectators. It was nice not having people standing up and blocking my view. They get high marks for accommodating the wheelchair using concert goers.

The concert started off with Peter Cincotti, a musician I had never heard of. He was pretty good, although most of his songs sounded similar. He performed for about half an hour. By the time he was finished, the audience was getting anxious for Seal to make his appearance. When he finally appeared the crowd went wild. The women in the audience had double the exuberance. During his performance, a crowd of adoring women fans were massed below the stage. They were reaching up to grab his hand whenever he bent down to reach down to them. I thought they would pull him off the stage and into the audience.

He put on a fine performance, that was energetic and upbeat. Throughout the performance people were dancing to the music and just having a good time. I felt myself moving to the music in my limited way. If my head and feet move to the music , I know it is good. I almost felt like taking my chair for a spin and join the dancers, but a couple of smashed toes would not have made me too popular.

He performed a lot of his well known songs such as Human Being, Crazy, Future Love Paradise, Kiss From a Rose, A Prayer For the Dying, Love's Divine. He also performed some songs from his latest album, Soul. The songs were covers of other artists songs, such as A Change is Gonna Come, I Can't Stand the Rain, It's a Man's Man's Man's World, Here I am (Come and Take Me), Knock on Wood.

He was well worth seeing. I came out of the concert feeling upbeat and with the songs still playing in my head.It was an enjoyable way to spend an evening.


Earl said...

Rock on, John!

Diane J Standiford said...

I love Seal and his wife -- good family people and so full of love; they always make me smile. Glad you got to see/hear him in person!