I’m one of those people who like to sit in the back row. I tell myself it’s because the back is where you receive a complete picture of an event; in the back, the speaker looks fuzzy, but the crowd and its reactions are razor-sharp. To me, if you want to fully experience an event, pull up a chair in the back.
Sitting up-front makes me nervous; I can’t concentrate on the program or the speaker because I spend too much time wondering what’s happening behind me. I lose the perspective gained from watching others; I’m not really absorbing the what I feel are the important details of the program.
So it was interesting to find myself front and center at a recent neighborhood charity event, about as close to the guest entertainer as my little picture on this column is to you right now.
The entertainer was Lee Greenwood, best-known for writing and performing the patriotic favorite, “God Bless the ” You’ve probably seen him on TV singing that song and bringing the house down; the TV is as close as I had been to him, too. But at this event, my wife and I were seated close enough to read his concert play list, taped on the stage floor in front of the microphone stand.
On TV, from far away,
Or maybe he’s just a guy who would rather write music at home than travel the country 200 days a year to pay the bills.
Of course, I came by this knowledge only because I was seated next to the stage, able to focus my attention on
Had I been sitting in the back, as usual, I would have been attending a different concert.