This is it! I’m riding the bus to the BGC. (Upper West Route) All the excitement and waiting and longing leads to this. I know THERE are Hoot Owls in the bus, because they come in pools, they’ve got huge company and from the backseat of the bus, I can hear their happy laughter only Hoot Owls could ever conjure and relate to his friends. That’s what I am feeling right now, except that I am alone going to this concert. I’m okay with this.
It is a good place in Manila, you gotta come and explore it! The tall buildings. The Lights. The water. The fountain. The stores. Everything else in between just appear soooo fantastic. Boy! Taguig is crazy, and I love the free concert’s dear organizers for bringing us to this shining, brand new place.
I got out on the first bus stop, thankful for the driver and some posh passengers who told me to get going and ask some passers-by to help me locate the Amphitheater.
So there I was, standing. Early as 6 PM. God, you have no idea how many people craning. This amphitheater needs to be huge! We are a-plenty. I just feel WOW. All these people, you can feel the light and happiness in their faces, shirts, glowsticks, and every freaking movement. I better get to my place for cheering Adam. I’ll be a happy standing audience together with this huge crowd! Waiting there, by the gardens. More than an hour. Crazy.
Thankful to some teenagers and a mother to give some space for me. hehehe
Music like this was playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnXxBWKtkk4
And, while loud music booms around the amphitheater, there were loud screams coming from the other side of the stage – I think those were really loud screams out of happiness and excitement. That feeling you are unaware of what’s happening, and suddenly people all around joins screaming, what an adrenaline. For what reason are we screaming?
ADAM COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE VICINITY! Ha ha.
A couple more music followed by Owl City’s Panorama. Next, a girl’s voice was overwhelming over the instrumental of Angels. She was speaking “Ni Hao… Annyeong… Konnichiwa… Selamat… Words in asian languages, meaning Hello. Ha ha! Her voice was flooded with our screaming.
Then it’s happening. First, the guitarist, the drummer, Breanne, and another one, then ADAMMMM. Yes, Owl City IS IN Manila.
To feel it, watch this video, OK? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8FUTk8jcVQ
Seeing Adam coming out on stage is like welcoming back an old friend. My dream of seeing him for the first time happened at last. Dear God, I have finally met my musical idol/ inspiration, even though I was a hundred meters away.
His first song was Angels, then on and on. I came to a point where I don’t know the lyrics, I made mistakes. I couldn’t even name the title of an unfamiliar song right on the first note. But it doesn’t matter, anyway. Because of these things absolutely first time, I was singing dull or out of tones, everything was a constant battle between blur and happiness.
I had to admit that I’d not planned what to do – should I sing, dance, jump, raise my sign, or stay mesmerized. Owl City is our blessing from God. That’s true.
But, yes, I feel guilty to those people around me who are capturing videos of each songs, *insert sneaky laugh here* they will surely regret taking those videos. Why?
My voice was horrible. I could tell. Even so, my singing with Adam and Hoot Owls around me was unforgiving. That’s why there comes a song where we listen only. Just Adam is the one singing. That’s the thing.
He sang about 20 songs. Give me goosebumps. I had some videos on YouTube. And oh! Fireflies! made us all beaming. This oldie but still a goodie song was the best. I shall enjoy this. I don’t mind the videos. What’s important is the Experience to hear him sing LIVE, it’s a pleasure for most of us.
Here’s my video of Fireflies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTv5B0N2qQE
Which part of the concert was moving: his singing of This Isn’t The End.
Which song ended the concert: Good Time.
Owl City songs define these teenagers around me. I come to the point of feeling that all of these fans: those beside me, on the special seats, those standing far away, every boys and girls, local, foreign, aged, young as six… all of us admire Owl City.
My first concert and Oh kill ‘em, Adam. I hope to see him and his band members soonest!