Saturday I went to the Gorge Amphitheater for Lilith 2010. It’s been 11 years since I was there, back in 99 for the last Lilith Fair tour. It is truly beautiful there, and the music, a near religious experience. I went with 3 girlfriends, all perfect. Norman has taken to calling us the Momfia. Watch out – it’s the English Hill Momfia, do not cross us! I always get sappy reflective after a really good concert.
It was the first time I had really listened to Sugarland – I was quite impressed with them. They were full of energy and really good entertainers. Jennifer Nettles was cracking me up – such a sense of humor and positive energy. I was also looking forward to seeing Erykah Badu again and she did not disappoint. Neither did Sheryl Crow. Colbie Caillat was also good, her comment about being 11 at Lilith in the 90s and being inspired to become a singer/songwriter was touching – but OMG that made me feel old! And then there is Sarah McLachlan. Holy cow that woman’s songs hit me in places. Many have helped me over the years work through some tough stuff. Particularly Angel as my “theme” song at a personal development course. Chokes me up to this day when I hear it.
Norman had sent me a link on EW.com about some concerns, slip-ups and bad press around Lilith. Some of it around trying to have the acts to draw crowds. If the focus is women in music, does it really matter that Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, Rihanna and Sarah McLachlan could all share the same stage?! My gawd people walk around if you don’t like the artist. You cannot please all the people all the time, particularly at a venue and event like this. All those times I went to Lollapalooza (before it was a destination event) I didn’t like everyone. When I went to Lilith in the 90s I didn’t like everyone. What I have found every time, is a new artist I would not have known before. Tara McLean, Dayna Manning, Heather Nova, Bic Runga, Holly McNarland and Rebekah – never would have known them or discovered them as soon as I did without the exposure. Now – Sugarland.
Please leave your attitude and pessimism at the door.
Let’s try to take the message to heart – that Sarah reiterated again during the show – Lilith is about community and celebration. So put on some music and get your brain and body moving!