Most sober concerts.

Live music just makes my soul sing.

Last night it was Natalie macMaster and her husband – 2 fiddles and 2 pianos.

Cape Breton music at its finest. There was even some step dancing. Awesome.


16 thoughts on “Most sober concerts.

  1. I agree, there is nothing like a live performance. I think it’s got something to do with the chemistry between the performer and the audience. It really is electric. Glad you enjoyed the concert.

  2. I’m from the east coast and I still always associate that music with drinking, as that’s such a big part of the music culture there. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the show so much! You’re such a sober star xo

  3. Oh, Natalie McMaster is awesome. I have one of her CDs. Still haven’t made it out to a show…one day, I hope.

  4. Your singing soul makes my soul want to join you! I’m delighting in the joy that you must clearly feel. Thank you for sharing! ❤️

  5. My first sober concert was Bela Fleck and the Flectones. I remember so well how (for the first time) I could leave a concert and remember every song they played, as well as the order it was played for the most part. I also remember how amazing it was to see the instruments sober. To see the fingers move and melodies sway right in front of me. Such detail! I love live music and also find it crucial to my sober life. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  6. I miss your kind comments and wise words, Anne! I had to shut down my old WordPress account bc I lost anonymity but I started a new one, Would love to have you follow me again! Xoxo

  7. I have no idea who these people are, but going to check them out!!

    I’ve seen many bands in the last 9 months that I feel (or even thought) I’ve seen for the first time when in reality I’ve seen many of them more than once before – even when I watched them, I wasn’t quite engaged, or would get false emotions. Sometimes quite angry (at the world) and the next day I’d think ‘ummm, glad I didn’t actually go and tell people what I thought right then, or post that up on FB’ Which obviously I did sometimes.. DELETE DELETE. Now, I listen, properly listen. I watch, the movements, I just go with it. And the funny part is, I often come home feeling like I’m totally drunk and buzzing and happier and more mind altered (in a positive way) than had I been doing shots and downing pints.

    1. I feel exactly like that. My nerves get completely frayed at the concert, but in a good way. Like I have taken it all in.

      I feel drunk, but clear. It’s awesome.

  8. I’ve yet to go to a concert sober. It’s always been about having a few drinks and getting ‘in the zone’ beforehand. I’ve not had a drink for 5 days now, which is a record for me. There are a couple of bands I want to see locally but I’m holding back from going because of the temptation of the booze. I would LOVE to be able to see a band, or go out for a meal and not have the inclination to drink. But it’s still very early days for me and I don’t want to sabotage myself. So for now, I’ll content myself with listening to CDs and determining each day that I’m not going to have a drink. It’s wonderful that you were able to enjoy your concert so wholeheartedly!

    1. Give it time.
      It too, me a while to have the energy to even want to go.
      I had some pretty bad fatigue in early sobriety, which was clearly a sign my body needed to be taken care of.

      We always drank at concerts. I was reluctant to go to the first one sober. And it was just so unbelievably better.

      Stick with it. Take care of yourself!


      1. Now that’s interesting – your mention of fatigue. I’m on day 6 and I’m so exhausted. Waking up a lot at night and starting the day feeling like a zombie. Maybe that’s common when trying to quit. I will stick at it, and hopefully will start sleeping better at some point. Thanks again, Tracy

  9. Oh my gosh, before I cleaned up my act, live music was all about how fast I could get my next drink. I have missed some epic performances because I was in line to get two (that’s why God gave us two hands, right?) glasses of terrible, overpriced white wine. Now it is such a transportive experience!

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