The story of how I ended up in the front row of a Sting Performance last night for free and how my love of this artist has endured.
Once upon a time, there was a young maiden named Julie in love who fell madly in love with an Englishman from whence she first laid eyes upon him singing – in true princess fashion. Former teacher, lead singer of a band name The Police and master bassist, he was a handsome lad named Gordon but known to the world as Sting. Her first Rock Concert, she danced to his songs and gazed upon his amazing talents – her love to last a lifetime. On her high school trip to Europe she danced in disco’s to “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” with careless youthful abandon, not a worry in the world. Her love of Sting, carried forward to her days matriculating in college.
|Yep, the wall of my Dorm Room Freshman Year.|
His photo adorned her dorm wall for all to know of her love and it was no surprise to any that she camped out 2 nights for tickets to see his 2 Atlanta shows in which they filmed the “Synchronicity Tour” movie at the Atlanta Omni. The second show she was only 7 rows and bouncers away from her love – so close her heart lept with joy. He smiled in her direction as if he smiled only at her – a moment she would always cherish. Her dear friend Pam gave her a photo of her love in his Synchronicity ripped up jacket as a present for her to cherish and remember the time she saw him 2 nights in a row in the same ripped jacket. She keeps that photo in her treasure box to this day.
|Cherished Treasure Photo, a gift from the Mistress of Music Pam High School BFF|
The Maiden graduated and was sad to hear of the breaking up of the band of merry Police, who in fact were not so merry together. Sting began his solo career – which was as fantastic as his band days in the Police, which made the maiden so happy. She had begun her career and always tried to make a point to see the troubadour when he came to town…..each show as magical as the first.
The maiden met a prince from a land far away from home and enjoyed a Sting show with him at The Greek Theater in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Under the stars to the beautiful songs of her beloved Sting, she realized this prince was someone special. They were married later and began a life together, raising a their own princess. That had a good life together and she was happy ride with her prince in his beloved steed the “G” – which strangely would lead to the most magical musical night of her life.
One day her prince forwarded to her an invitation he received via electronic mail from the Infinity dealers of Atlanta from whence they purchased the family sports carriage to a special ball, with the love of her youth performing.
A little skeptical now in her older years – a random email to a free Sting show at a venue which only seats 2900 villagers or so seemed too good to be true, yet she was happy to hear that her prince had reserved a place at the ball for them. In her research she had learned that the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta that weekend indeed featured a free concert with her beloved Sting the day after the royal ball invite – so he would be in town. She decided to secure a nanny to watch the royal princess the night her and her prince would go to the ball, again keeping expectations low knowing with all the NCAA festivities going on the same night – Basketball Games, Free Concert with Ludacris, Flor Rida and Muse at Centennial Park and general basketball merryment the town would be crowded – which her and her prince were not fond of crowds.
To Be Continued in Part 2: in the words of Tiana’s Mama Odie….THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD……
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Julie Franklin says
Thanks Jill! I am still in shock at how lucky we were…can you tell I love Sting LOL. Weird how we got that random Attachment invite – turns out to be the absolute best date night ever on so many levels….and I felt 18 again!
Jill Barnes says
This write up is awesome!
My daughter loves Sting and Police. I did not know him, since I am from India, but his song “wrapped around your finger was familiar. Once I knew that, I listened to his music. It is very nice.
Julie Franklin says
Aw thanks Munir! I just love him if you can’t tell! I am still in my Sting glow…he has an amazing voice and sounds great live on stage.
Julie Franklin says
CC you are like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way!