My friend & I were standing pretty side stage but a few rows back from the front. We were at an angle & could see Maren fairly well. I’ve never been that person who needs to be front & center (okay, maybe @ Timeflies shows) but even so, if I’m even remotely close to the front but on the side of the stage, that’s totally fine with me. No heads in my way, not much to peer through. To see someone so close, as if you were there with them just hanging out, is a feeling you don’t get anywhere else.
Cassadee Pope (luh her) struts herself on the stage – couldn’t tell you her set but she played my FAVE, “Bring Me Down Town” which is a total play on words & I LURVE. Puh lease check it out (on her new album, Stages, DUH). What I loved about her set, though, is she was totally interactive with her fans. She kept pointing & smiling at people (which not all artists do this) but it adds to the excitement when you see someone live. You’ve been seen. They know you. They see you. Jammin out with you. It adds a personal touch & gives you that moment where it feels like it’s just you & them. Let’s throw it back a notch, though, cause she mentioned during her set that she played that venue (The Fillmore) 10 years ago opening for Fallout Boy (w/ her old band Hey Monday – please be with me on this: jammin out to their song Homecoming in high school emo music dayz). A total 180 – now she was there opening with country music & for one of the hottest female artists at the moment.
After her set, she said she would be meeting fans by the merch table & of course, my friend & I had to go say hello (even though I met her before when I lived in Nashville). It was pretty much a mob of people, instead of a line (but what else would you expect?) so I just felt crammed & when meeting her a little rushed because of all the people. If you’ve met artists in this way, you feel my pain. I appreciate that she took her time to meet everyone, though, because some people won’t do that. Again, gives you more of a personal experience than just attending the show.
BUT, Maren Morris, y’all. That girl is straight FIYAH. I can’t even begin to express how in awe of her that I am. I spent most of the concert just wanting to trade outfits (you can capture that beauty in the video below). Well, I guess voices as well because this B cannot sing AT ALL. The notes she can hit. The tone she has. It’s as if she doesn’t even have to try. Effortless.
I wanted to touch mostly on her song Girl: the chorus.
Girl, won’t you stop your cryin’?
I know that you’re tryin’
Everything’s gonna be okay
Baby girl, don’t you hang your head low
Don’t you lose your halo
Everyone’s gonna be okay
Especially – don’t you hang your head low, don’t you lose your halo. Can we shout WOMEN EMPOWERMENT?! I mean, come on! I am a superfan of women supporting women. Keep your halo. Keep your head up. Keep pushing on because you deserve to shine & stand out. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down & if they do, you pick yourself up & fight back.
That song was probably the stand out of the show. It moved me. I’m sure it moved others as well. If you’ve ever felt down & need a reminder that everything’s going to be okay. It’s so crazy how lyrics like that can truly change peoples lives & may be just what they need to get moving & motivated again to believe in themselves.
It’s been a little while since this show, & y’all, I’m still having post concert depression…
Catch Maren on the Girl World Tour: https://www.marenmorris.com/