Spring started last Sunday, can't you tell? If you can't tell by the picture, it is still snowing. Could've been worse. An hour drive north is getting about a foot, I hear. Thankfully, it will be very temporary.
It is not quite fully here yet - there is talk of snow later this week - but it is pretty damn close. It is still a little too early and the ground is a little too soft for yard work. But the time is coming fast. I've spent all winter sick from one thing or another. I'm looking to spring to be a new beginning, new health and wellness in warmer weather.
I took more pictures but there's only a few things starting to come up so far. I've not posted much over winter but I feel it is time to act more alive. I also posted a couple pics of the garden over at our Garden Blog.
There is much to be done this year and it isn't going to do itself. Last year it was getting the tree removed. This year I need to start getting quotes for roof, gutters and porch. Yes, it may be a very expensive 2016.
On July 4, 2015 we had the day off for the holiday. I was surfing the internet and noticed that Nightwish would be playing in Milwaukee in February, 2016, and the tickets were already on sale. So, of course, I snatched up a pair immediately.
This last weekend they finally played at The Rave in Milwaukee and my wife and I were there to witness it. Now, as you have read, I had been pretty sick but I was not going to miss this for anything. We drove to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon and checked into the hotel, just a block away from the venue. Then I napped. I had so hoped I would be feeling better, and I was a tiny bit compared to the week prior, but I was still pretty miserable. My wife got on the website and found out the time the band was to start so we waited and skipped the first two bands, showing up about 10 minutes before Nightwish hit the stage.
I've seen so many live videos of the band on Youtube that nothing really surprised me about the show. They did have nice backdrops, themed for the newest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, but it was not the full show with the video screens and pyro that they used in Europe. Still, I was not too disappointed with that. I was happy being in the same room and watching and listening to them play with my own eyes and ears. I knew I wanted to get some video, a personal take-away from the concert, and because of the way I felt I tried to get that done early. Normally I would have looked up the set list so I knew what was coming and I could record the songs I wanted, but the way I was feeling I did not plan ahead and just grabbed some random songs from early in the show. Here is a link to the setlist they played that night.
This video, She Is My Sin, is an early song of theirs. Not my favorite song but the video turned out well.
Nightwish is also one of those bands that does not do encores. When the last song is played they are done, and I appreciate that. When they started in on the last song, The Greatest Show On Earth, we started to work our way out and back to the hotel. The song is a good one, but I have seen and heard it many times before and it is a version that can run over 10 minutes. The original song has 5 chapters and runs 24 minutes long. It was worth it to me to leave a few minutes early and avoid the mass exodus at the end.
One of my favorite bands, this is actually their fourth appearance as one of my Latest Listening Pleasure posts. I wasn't too sure if I would ever get the chance to see them live, that's the drawback to mostly listening to bands from overseas. But I'm very glad I have seen them now, no matter how poor I was feeling at the time.
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