I have to thank Michael Kamen for introducing me to one of the great loves of my life: the music of Bryan Adams.

Michael Kamen was the soundtrack composer for a movie called “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”  I heard the music long before I ever saw the movie.  The high school concert band I was in decided to play the highlights from that soundtrack.  I’m not ashamed to admit that the only reason I ended up watching the movie was because of the music, and during the end credits, there was what is perhaps the most famous (or infamous?) Bryan Adams song of all time, “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You.”  I bought the cassette single and listened to it over and over again until a “clumsy moment” sent it sailing into the ocean at some beach on Maui.

Two years later, at my first job at the now-defunct Woolworth store, I was able to purchase the first of many CDs by Bryan Adams.  I was hooked.  I think a lot of the appeal was the fact that he wrote the songs as well as performed them.  Oh, and it definitely didn’t hurt that he was really cute, too…

Every major milestone of my life seems to have a song by him that fits.  And I’ve found that the one thing that really helps me to write my own stories is to listen to his music.

But I never had a chance to see him perform.

Fast forward almost 20 years since “Robin Hood.”

I had told my husband that the only thing I really wanted, in exchange for agreeing to move from Hawaii to Georgia with him, was that I wanted to see a Bryan Adams concert if he came to the state.  He had never performed in Hawaii, that I knew of, and I’d never been able to afford to fly to any of the concerts.

Then I found out that Bryan Adams would be performing his acoustic “Bare Bones Tour” at the Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia, about a 2 hour drive from our home.  I knew I had to attend.

It was a night and a performance well worth the drive.  Bryan sounded great.  My husband said that he was surprised, since he’d been to too many “live” performances by other performers where the sound quality had been rather questionable.  He said that Bryan sounded just like he did on the CDs.  Well, except for the improvisations, of course, which were a lot of fun.

During the performance of “Here I Am,” he improvised at the end of the song with the lines: “Here I am… without my band.”  And during “Please Forgive Me,” he stopped and talked about how it would make a pretty good country song, then began singing it country-style.

He told stories about other concerts, and some of the interesting things that happened while on the road.

His imitation of Tina Turner during “It’s Only Love” was spot on.

And he played off some of the comments from the audience, even though they got a little raunchy at times.  With women declaring their love for him, and/or telling him how hot he is…

The one thing that my husband noticed, but that I didn’t, was what he described as the “low hum of women’s voices singing along with every song,” then he also commented that, “women really like that guy.”

Yeah.

They do.

I’m one of them.

And even though I may only ever have that one night of seeing Bryan Adams “in the flesh,” so to speak, I don’t think that will ever change.