I won a giveaway the other day through Philly Loves Fun for Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour, stopping at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia the other evening. I have no idea how many entries they had into their giveaway but I can tell you I utilized every method of entry except for (maybe) one. I can also tell you I am the only one who did so. I have entered tons of giveaways and not won anything. Lately I have entered and won some pretty nice ones.
Here’s the thing. You cannot win if you do not enter. You won’t win EVERYTHING you enter but you sure won’t win ANYTHING you have NOT entered. I feel slightly bad even writing about my experience because I know so many people who would have loved to go to a Carrie Underwood
concert. The reality is there are a ton of things in life I would love to do, love to buy, love to be, but I’m not, I can’t and I have to keep going forward or I will get discouraged.
I have been looking at these things as my Christmas presents, my vacations and my fun times because I’m not getting much of any of that otherwise this year. The only difference is I am going to have to pay taxes on some of these things. That part kind of stinks.
As soon as I entered the giveaway I knew I wanted to take my little(est) sister. We had just been discussing Carrie Underwood recently so I knew she would love it. When I won and called her it was pretty awesome to hear the shock in her voice. I think I just gave her her Christmas present and Birthday gift for the next year and a half.
The evening was anything but uneventful. We left early but because of the mess that is Philly, GPS kept getting confused about where we were as we wound under highways and around streets. Add traffic going every which way and unclear signs, we drove around and around, trying to figure out where to go. Then by the time we got there, we were parked on one side of the arena when the Box Office was on the other side. Did I mention it was cold and I had had coffee 1.5 hours before? Then we had to go around the OUTSIDE of the building to get to the Box Office.
We got our tickets, got inside the arena and found a bathroom – with a wait. No choice but to wait, so we did. Finally out of there, we had to find our seats. Not being familiar with the arena and not thinking it through, it wasn’t until we kept going up, and up, and up that I realized we were as high as you could get. Don’t get me wrong, I was and am grateful for the tickets. The problem is that I am scared to death of heights and it was horribly dark and horribly high. It was all worth it though.
I spent the first 45 minutes in tears and as tense as you could possibly be. I did not enjoy that first act. Not because of the band but because of the height. Hunter Hayes is fine and the kid’s got talent but he was a little too rocker, little less country for me to fully get the “country concert” vibe. I have faith that his novice will wear off and he will be good but I’m not sure on the clothing style. I think I prefer to listen to him.
Finally the lights went up and we met the rest of our group a few minutes later. With the lights came a better view of the arena which helped my anxiety so much. I was able to get a grip on it so I was ready to enjoy my evening when the lights dimmed again.
Carrie Underwood is a tiny package with a huge voice. A down to earth “country girl”, I connect with her. I saw her from day 1 trying out on American Idol to winning to THIS. This superstar, amazing voice, who is still so sweet. She didn’t need a lot of theatrics to keep me hooked. With old songs and new, she pulled through on the promise of a good show. Slow songs and fast songs, country chick to rock star, she is a true American sweetheart.
It’s been a few years since I have been to a concert and the technology in the backdrops and screens is amazing. Whimsical scenes, music videos, techno colors, and crazy wind storms, they all pulled through to set the perfect backdrop or mood to every song. My favorite part was when part of the stage lifted and carried the band over the audience. I was kind of glad I wasn’t on the floor at that moment as cool as it could have been.
We weren’t allowed to take in anything bigger than a point and shoot camera so I don’t have any phenomenal pictures (not that I would have anyway since all I HAVE is a point and shoot) but since I can’t choose just 2 or 3 I am including an album of pictures here at the end. I took a ton since Dave couldn’t go with me.