Friday 16 November 2018

Bairbre Power: I discovered a calm, almost mindfulness after experiencing a great concert with thousands and then driving for hours on my own

Bairbre Power. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Bairbre Power. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

I will know better the next time. I won't just hop into the car with my bags, phone leads and water and take off in a hurry. Foolishly I didn't do 'prep' for a road trip, the way you would print up boarding cards for a flight. I hadn't even synced my phone with the new car's computer. It was a roasting hot day, not ideal for a four-hour road trip, and with all four windows down as I drove down the motorway, it was impossible to hear my music on Spotify, or the woman on GPS for that matter, so I gave up, turned it off and flicked through the radio stations with little luck.

To be honest, I still had the most magnificent music and lyrics spinning gloriously through my head from the night before. Oh, what a night - I spent five of the most invigorating hours I've had for years standing in the jumping arena of the RDS where Paul Simon and James Taylor wowed us until we thought we couldn't be wowed anymore.

But then again, us oldies know the pair so well, and their masterly compositions and compelling voices have provided the soundtrack to so many of our lives. There was one moment two songs from the end of Paul Simon's last ever concert in Ireland when I almost got a bit weepy as I stopped dancing, looked around and surveyed the singing, happy crowds on their feet beside me.

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