“This is how the world turns; One minute you’re up and the next you’re down ”go the lyrics to“ That’s the Way the World Goes’ Round ”from Miranda Lambert’s 2009“ Revolution ”album.
Ups and downs, that’s exactly what happened Thursday night when the country singer took the crowd to Viejas Arena in San Diego on an emotional roller coaster from first note to last.
The evening started on a positive note with spectators quickly rising to their feet.
Lambert – dressed in sparkly tights, a denim miniskirt topped with a long-sleeved top lined with orange and pink fringes, and (because why not) fringed cowboy boots – admitted in the middle of the show that ‘she made it her mission to come on stage and make the crowd feel all possible emotions.
“Because,” she said, “that’s what music does – it heals. “
The hour-and-a-half set contained 21 songs, including a single song reminder.
Here’s a look at the feelings of the night.
A show is expected to kick off to cheers from the crowd, but the excitement after Lambert took the stage only increased when she started with “This is how the world is spinning “. The glitzy tambourine Lambert grabbed to end the song capitalized on the sentiment.
The show meandered from excitement to a bit of defeat in “Kerosene”. After all, “I’m giving up on love, because love is giving up on me,” she shouted. And then on a certain loneliness in “Highway Vagabond”.
During the show, the emotions went all over the place, but it was the sadness that really touched the hearts of the audience. Standing on stage and wearing his heart on his sleeve, Lambert shone.
During “Over You,” no matter who you were – young, old, male, female, single, married, drunk or sober – you couldn’t help but feel sadness in the arena. It was a powerful sadness – and for good reason.
The lyrics were co-written by Lambert and her ex-husband and country singer Blake Shelton about Shelton’s experience of losing his older brother in a car accident. “Over You” won the Country Music Awards “Song of the Year” in 2012 and the Academy of Country Music Award for “Song of the Year” in 2013.
The sadness and vulnerability continued, Lambert took the stage alone to play her guitar and sing a touching version of “Tin Man”. From his most recent album “The Weight of These Wings,” the song warns the “Wizard of Oz” character to be careful what he wishes for because “If you’ve ever felt one break; You would never want a heart.
In a concert environment, there’s always a chance that if the emotions drop too low, it might be difficult to lift the audience up, but that wasn’t the case Thursday night. The music, both lyrical and from the group that accompanied it, had a way of healing and allowing the audience to go through the different emotions of the night.
Lambert has an aura about her that makes her approachable – whether she is hopping on the stage in her “Pink Sunglasses” or a despised woman singing “Gunpowder & Lead”. And, if an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs was what she was looking for on her Livin ‘Like Hippies tour, then count tonight as a hit.
If the early games had callbacks, Jon Pardi would have taken them on a Thursday night. The California native had fans standing in a nearly packed arena throughout his 12-song performance.
He took the stage appropriately for “Jukebox Hero” (a Foreigner hit), because if Viejas Arena was a bar, patrons would have lined up to pop in quarters to hear more hits from Pardi.
Maybe it was twirling him singing “A little dirty dancing, blue collar romancing” in tight jeans and a slightly unbuttoned muscle shirt during “Dirt on My Boots” or the relatable “California Sunset” after an orange sunset. incredibly lively in San Diego who welcomed spectators into the arena, but regardless, Pardi called the crowd.