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I Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie!

Posted on Jul 8, 2016

The Dixie Chicks were in Vancouver tonight. My dear friend Contests Van Isle had an extra ticket, so she invited me. We made a night of it – first appies and drinks at The Pint, then the first hour of the BC Lions game, then the concert. (Sorry, we didn’t have time to see the opening acts, but I’m sure they were delightful.)

They were due to hit the stage at 8:40. Guess what time the concert started?! Yup. 8:40! I LOVE punctuality!!! It makes me very, very happy. The lights dimmed. The music started. Wait. What’s that song?? It’s a Prince song! WOAH!! My heart filled with song, my hands clapped uncontrollably, and I grooved like Prince was watching.

A few songs in, they did a dedication to Prince. The purple ankh appeared on the screen with a purple background, and they launched into Nothing Compares 2 U, the Prince song made famous by Sinead O’Connor. What a fabulous choice of dedication song! Nobody was whistlin’ Dixie then, we were singing it from the bottom of our hearts.

They also (oddly) did a dedication of sorts to Beyonce, singing a song from her latest album Lemonade (I wish I could tell you what song it was, I wasn’t familiar with it!) Whatever the song was, it sure sounded country/blue grass, the way the DC sang it. Interestingly, Beyonce is ALSO from Texas. I’m sure there’s a connection there, I just don’t know what it is. Nonetheless, this only goes to show that Natalie can sing ANYTHING, even the phone book or Queen B!

At one point they did an instrumental song, which ALSO sounded like a Beyonce song. Are they friends??? What’s going on here?! I was singing “if you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it!” because that’s what it sounded like they were playing. Were they??? I don’t know. *shrug*

The young ladies sitting behind us (they were more than 20 but less than 40, but I actually have no idea where they fell in that range) said after EVERY song “the next one had BETTER be Wide Open Spaces!!” and without fail, it was NOT Wide Open Spaces. The one time they didn’t say it, THAT was when they sang it. LOL!! And to be fair, that was the biggest hit of the night – the entire arena belted out the song with everything they had. It was very moving.

It’s been 18 years since Wide Open Spaces expanded our minds. Eighteen years!!! WTF?! Seriously?? These women look EXACTLY like they did 18 years ago. How is that even possible?! All of them look amazing. Ah-mazing. And when they were finished their encores, they didn’t run off the stage. No, they stayed and took bows and waved to the crowd and signed a cowboy boot. I loved that!

The most entertaining song of the night was “Ready To Run”, where they had images of the US Presidential candidates “running” across the screen, often wearing masks (a donkey, a clown, etc) with boxing gloves on and duking it out. They sprayed confetti into the crowd, and to me it looked white and red (Canadian) but when I looked closely I could see the blues in there too. I SWEAR they had more red and white balloons on the screen too… I think the Dixie Chicks are planning to RUN to Canada if Trump is elected!

Welcome home, girls!!

And I ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie!