Have you ever met someone for the first time and instantly felt in awe of them?
That’s how I felt last Monday night when I met Clare Bowen, her brother Tim, and her fiancé Brandon.
Clare is an Australian actress, singer/songwriter best known for her role in American TV Show Nashville. If we’re going to get technical, I didn’t exactly meet her. I went to her concert, which was so intimate it felt like I did meet her.
For the best part of this year, I’ve been obsessed with Nashville. It’s such a brilliant drama with stunning music. Do yourself a favour and get hooked on it ASAP.
When I saw Clare was coming to Australia, I snapped up two tickets to her concert for Dave and me as a birthday present for myself.
I looked forward to it for about five weeks, until the day actually came and I was having a blue day of epic proportions. It was a Monday night, we had some major family stuff going down, and I just didn’t feel like going anymore.
When our babysitter fell through, I felt a mixture of disappointment and relief. I attempted to sell the tickets until my main man, rock, and all round awesome guy, Dave came through with another babysitter and informed me we were going and that I needed this.
So off we set at around 7.30pm on a Monday night with me whinging the entire way.
‘If she doesn’t come on by 9pm then I’m going home,’ I moaned.
We made it into the valley only to find the queue for the concert snaking half way around the block.
‘I’m too old for this shit,’ I told Dave. Whinge, whinge, more whinge.
It took me back to my early twenties where every Thursday night I’d line up a mile to get into a club called Hogies just so I could buy $1 drinks and dance my heart out, but that was then and this was now and now I was craaaaanky and old and tired.
As we entered the venue, my attitude started to turn around. The venue was uber cool resembling an old army bunker covered in band posters.
Dave bought me a giant beer and I smashed it back. Before I knew it I was starting to feel pretty darn good.
Soon enough we were introduced to the first act Tim, the brother of Clare. I knew nothing about Tim. I was only there to see Clare and to listen to her soulful voice.
It quickly came out that Tim was suffering from blood cancer. This young guy in his twenties belting out awesome music with the love of his life singing beside him had stage 4 cancer. He was having a good day, he told us. Some days he can’t even get out of bed.
I was blown away by his positive attitude, his talent, and strength.
Before long, Clare and her fiancé Brandon entered the stage.
Clare knocked our socks off with brilliant renditions of Nasvhille songs. Her voice is absolutely stunning and she had me mesmerised. Completely mesmerised.
Clare was super chatty that Monday night. A tiny pocket rocket full of joy, beauty and passion.
She was quick to tell us that the reason for her tour and her return to Australia was so she could give as much of her bone marrow to her little brother as she could.
Tears filled my eyes. The bond between brother and sister was undeniably evident, as was the bond between Clare and her fiancé and her entire family. She divulged that she suffered from cancer as a child and that it was an incredible challenge for their family, and their parents, in particular, to deal with.
With cancer touching my family at that very point in time, I was overcome with emotion. I was inspired by Clare and her family’s strength and their fighting attitude and healing words through song.
I left the event thankful for Dave that he’d pushed me to go and thankful that there’s people like Clare Bowen and her brother in the world.
You can read more about Clare and her brother Tim here.
Are you a fan of Nashville? Have you ever been to a concert or event that’s had a big impact on you?
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