I Really DO Love Him

I have an obsession.

You might think it’d be blogging, but relatively speaking, blogging is just a blip on the radar where my main obsession is concerned. Star Wars? Lord of the Rings? They’re all in the same boat as blogging.

I’ll give you a hint about my obsession — it’s a group of guys that were once popular for being a blonde haired singing trio from Oklahoma.

Still stumped? I’ll give you another hint: MMMBop.

Assuming you haven’t blocked out that period of 1997-1998 when that song was played nonstop, then you surely know who I’m talking about now — Hanson. I was 13 when they came on the scene and instantly became infatuated took a liking to them. I was never one of the shrieky girls, but my room was basically wallpapered over with Hanson posters and pinups (let’s just say that my dad was less than thrilled with the fact that I used thumbtacks to hang and rehang everything), so I definitely had it bad.

It’s been 20 years since Hanson released that single (and they’ve released a few albums in that period on their independent label, lest you think they disappeared), and they’re having a worldwide tour to celebrate the anniversary. Since it had been 10 years since I saw one of their shows, I bought tickets for my husband, my son, and myself as soon as they were released. The fact that it was going to be Little Man’s first concert made it extra exciting. (Assuming we don’t count the Hanson concert he was present for in my womb, anyway.)

And then we found out that Little Man’s soccer jamboree was going to be the day after the concert. Since the games are usually in the morning, it didn’t seem like going to the concert would work out. We’d either get home at 2:30 in the morning, since the venue is three hours away, or have to get up super early and head home. Neither of those were desirable, obviously, since either one would leave Little Man exhausted — not exactly how you want to feel when playing a soccer game. Gah. I told my husband to cancel the hotel room and that I could sell the tickets.

Fortunately, my husband isn’t so quick to throw up his hands and admit defeat. Being the awesome person that he is, he contacted the person over the jamboree scheduling and got us a late game, ensuring that Little Man would be able to get reasonably rested up. The show must go on and all of that, right?

While talking about the concert and jamboree plans with Little Man, my husband mentioned that I had thought about selling the tickets and not going. His reaction totally cracked me up.

Now we know that my love for people is measured by my willingness to miss a Hanson concert.

I had planned posting this earlier in the week, but life got too busy. The concert was Friday night, and it was amazeballs. Little Man was able to stand in the front row and had a couple of cool moments with one of the guys in the band. It was a great first concert for him, one that will be hard to top. Also in case you’re wondering, women in their late 20s and early 30s don’t shriek as loudly as they did 20 years ago, but it’s still bad enough for a hard-of-hearing person to have to cover her ears at times. Yeesh.

I’m not going to bother doodling the concert, so here are some pictures from the show:

So, what’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? 

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

33 thoughts on “I Really DO Love Him”

      1. I LOVE HANSON! That clip actually gave me chills. Harmony! YAY!

        Thanks for sharing. Glad Little Man’s first concert was so great. Best concert I’ve ever been to? That’s tough. Well, one would be the Pyschedelic Furs, in 1987. I was but a youngin’ and the bass player, Tim, sat on the edge of the stage right in front of me for an entire song. Be still my pre-teen heart.

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      2. Here are a few others from the show (not good quality because of an old camera, though):

        Nice! It’s awesome being so close. I usually don’t like getting into a crowd like that, but it was totally worth it.

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  1. WTF? I was wondering why I hadn’t seen you show up in my email. We’re you on a blogging break? Nope. I somehow got unsubscribed! *GASP* Or you blocked me. Either way, I’m back now. Sorry!!! Also, I would sell Hanson tickets to read your blog 😀

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  2. How cool is that! You had great seats. I wasn’t a Hanson fan but I totally get the feeling. My best concert? We’ve been to so many great ones that it is hard to choose but I think I’d have to say two stand out. One was when we met and got an autograph from Ross Valory from Journey (we were actually at a Bob Seger concert and happened to meet Ross in the bar). The other one was when Kelly Hanson from Foreigner climbed over the seats next to me and I HAD to put my hand on his back (or maybe it was a little lower than his back) to help him return to the stage. Thanks for sharing the clips.

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    1. I was shocked that we were able to get at the front since we weren’t able to stand in the members line (only I had a card for that). Little Man wouldn’t have been able to see anything without us holding him otherwise.

      Hahaha! You did what you had to 😉 That’s so cool that you got to meet them!

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  3. My first concert was the Spice Girls. I was like 7 I believe. We had relatively good seats just outside the arena so I could see the stage and I had a screen right in front on me. I didn’t know how much concert tickets were and I did pout a bit not being front row. Seriously. I did. I didn’t even go to the souvenir tents. My mom did and got me shirts and concert books. But then the music started and I involuntarily started dancing and the rest was history. Sadly I couldn’t make their last reunion tour. #Midweek-schoolnight. But I have sworn if they do another one. I will be there. No matter how expensive it is or how far away… within reason.

    At least Emma has developed a love for them so I can shamelessly watch the movie and listen to the songs.

    Taylor Swift is my second favorite concert.

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    1. I bet that was a fun concert. I had their first CD when I was a kid and loved it. Hopefully they go on tour again so you can go! If this Hanson concert had been a mid-week show like most in the past have been, I doubt I would’ve gone either, too much hassle to get things situated for the kids plus my husband would have to take two days off work.

      She has some great songs. Hanson covered “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”

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  4. I was only a minor Hanson fan, mostly centered around the time of Mmmbop. But my kid went through a babbling phase (like 6 months ago) where he said something that sounded like “mmmbop” and I would burst into song every time. Cue husband eye rolls.
    On a related note, before we moved last time, I was going through storage stuff in the garage and found all my 90’s mix tapes. It’s now pretty much all I listen to now.

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    1. Hahaha! Both of my kids got their start with MMMBop. That one was never really my cup of tea, but it is a fun song.

      Oooh sweet. I remember recording stuff off the radio, too, but I never kept anything. That would be a fun trip down memory lane.


  5. What a cool time you had! I love this post. The scale of love doodle is so funny. 🙂 We could do one with Seinfeld or Harry Potter as the theme in this house. 🙂
    I went to a Vampire Weekend concert when my youngest was 24w in my belly, but I did stand in the back to protect her tiny ears (and both of us from the faint smell of pot…) – but my favorite concert is probably for Mumford and Sons. I have been to maybe 5 concerts in my life, though, so slim pickings!

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    1. 😀

      So now you’ll have to tell her all about her first concert one day 😀

      I’ve been to 10 shows, but half of them were Hanson. (Definitely living up to the dorky name.)


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