Taylor Hicks: 3/4/2007

For those of you who don’t know, Taylor Hicks won the American Idol competition in 2006. My kids watched the show, so I would watch it too. It was a good family thing. Anyway, I actually thought Hicks was talented, so I was glad that he won.

The following year, Taylor Hicks booked a performance at the Orange Peel in Asheville. It was an all-ages show and my older daughter was dying to go, so my wife and I got tickets for the three of us to attend.

The club was jam packed, and it was standing room only. Unfortunately, my daughter was shorter than most of the people there, so all she was seeing was the backs of those in front of her. But then one of the coolest things happened: the crew invited the younger fans up on the side of the stage where the mixing board was, and let them sit there and watch the show. My daughter was so excited to be up there, watching without obstruction. My wife and I smiled, happy that we lived in such a cool place.

We ended up leaving a little early. It was late and my daughter was getting tired. I was OK with that. I had gone there mainly for her. I feel like I have done my parental duty, exposing my kids to live music.

Rock on!