Spoiler alert: Do not read this post if you are planning on seeing a Mrs. Carter World Tour show!
The real reason my friends and I went to Poland - no shame here! - was to see Beyonce in concert at Poland's National Stadium. Sort of like a bachelorette party, but without the obscene straws and public humiliation.
I liked Beyonce before this concert. I could hum along to her songs (or belt them out in the shower) and I was smitten with her fashion choices and business sense. But then I booked tickets to her show, watched this documentary, and fell in love. Beyonce is more of an artist than many give her credit for (she's much more like Lady Gaga then, say, Britney Spears) and her live show is a testament to that.
Ballet, African dance, a full band, a grand piano performance, mind boggling dance numbers, glitter falling from the sky, intense and (seemingly) authentic crowd interaction (at one point Beyonce held up her arm and jiggled her arm fat winking at the audience, telling us that she is a real woman too!). Incredible videos - short films, really - and song transitions. And the most amazing mash ups ever (Whitney Houston songs, among others!)
It was all of my favourite things in one incredible show.
And then Beyonce came out on stage and started singing If I Was A Boy, a song I've always loved, but remixed to a different beat.
I looked at my friend sitting next to me, and gasped, No, it can't be!
Hours earlier I had just told her that Mike (being the secret softie he is) had one song request for our wedding. And Beyonce was now remixing that song, incorporating it into her own. Suddenly she broke out into Verve's Bittersweet Symphony, and I cried like a baby.
skip to 2:30 for her little nod to bittersweet symphony!
But the Mrs Carter World Tour is that good.
p.s. My favourite song of the concert (can't get it out of my head).
thanks again to my wonderful friends for an unforgettable trip to poland.
i love and miss you all already.