On December 25, 2016, Jansen handed me a final christmas gift to open. I had done as much snooping as I could prior to christmas day, but she kept my gifts a complete secret. I had no idea what to expect when I opened the box.
As I pulled off the last piece of tape, inside I found a jar of Skippy peanut butter. Jansen then instructed me to open the lid. On the paper seal she wrote, "Look at your calendar on August 22, 2017." Anxiously, I opened the calendar app on my phone and saw written in all capital letters, "BRUNO MARS CONCERT". Like a 13 year old girl preparing to meet One Direction for the first time, tears filled my eyes.
I have been a fan of Bruno (yeah, we're on a first name basis) since his feature on B.o.B's "Nothin' On You" and Travie McCoy's, "Billionaire". As Bruno's career has continued to grow, my admiration of him has grown as well. There are a lot of singers and musicians in this world, but only a few entertainers. The select few that do it all. They captivate an audience not only with their vocal ability but with the way they move and command every inch of the stage.
Bruno Mars is on a different level than any other musician currently working in the music industry. You don't have to love his music but I dare you to watch his show and tell me otherwise.
His sold-out show at PPG Paints Arena included an incredible light show, pyrotechnics and a simple stage setup that allowed Bruno and his Hooligans to dance around the stage with ease.
The banter he had with the audience was as smooth as his dance moves, but what really caught my attention was his vocal performance. Every note was spot on.
At times, many singers will lower the key of an original song during the live show, if it sits at a higher part of their range (i'm guilty of this). However, Bruno sang notes above and beyond that which were included his original recordings.
My mind was blown.
His whole show was inspiring, but his vocal performance really stood out to me. I was reminded that I have a lot of room to grow and can never stop learning new ways and techniques to improve.
Although Bruno may be a big inspiration of mine, I realize that there will never be another Bruno mars. There is no point in me trying to be him, nor do I think I want to be him, but I do want to inspire others like he has inspired me.
The next time Bruno is in Pittsburgh you know where I'll be: either on stage opening for him or sitting in the audience!