A little background to bring you up to date...
I became an Amy Grant fan when I was in the fourth grade when my friend Kim (and her mom) introduced me to some of Amy's albums. Kim's mom had Age to Age, but we never listened to that for some reason -- probably because it wasn't as "cool" as Straight Ahead. Because check out the pictures from inside the Straight Ahead cassette tape jacket:
It started a little late, as all shows do, but when it began it was a perfect night from beginning to end. Amy came out on stage alone and opened with just her on the acoustic guitar singing, "My Father's Eyes." Then the band joined her and things really took off. I can't remember the order of the set list, but it included:
Lead Me On
Saved by Love
What About the Love (very powerful!)
Wait for the Healing
Wise Up (Amy had us sing a part)
Find a Way
Everywhere I Go (Amy had us stand up and sway - audience participation!)
Sing your Praise to the Lord
All I Ever Have to Be
Amy was humorous throughout the show, mentioning the tour from 20 years ago a few times, and cracking jokes about the 80's. Shoulder pads and audience participation songs were strong memories for her. She was also wearing the original black jacket that she wore 200 times through the first tour. Her quote: "It smells."
At the end of the night they closed quickly and then came right back out for the encore. That was maybe the best part of the night, because by then everyone was dancing, cheering and singing along. A lot of people had moved down to the front of the stage, but we stayed in our 2nd row seats since we'd had a great view all night. Amy sang a new song that really pounded on my heart -- it was essentially about how we all have the best and the worst in us, and if you're looking for the worst in someone, you'll find it. Wouldn't it be nice if we always looked for the best? I felt inspired to be a better person and less intent on being annoyed with certain people. She also sang "Stay for Awhile," "She Colors My World," "Say Once More," and then the band closed with a great cover of "Turn Turn Turn." Everyone left that place happy last night, but nobody more than me.
I've got some video that I'll post later this weekend.
Thanks again to my husband who spent his birthday at an Amy concert, of all places. I've promised him we'll do something HE wants to do on MY birthday next month. I guess I'd better stock up on beer and old football game footage. *yuk yuk*