john lennon wrote/sang, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans [from beautiful boy]. last night was the juxtaposition of the difficult and lovely versions of that sentiment. from my post on MSM:
i just got home from the matt’s promise event, and it was an amazing night. i’m fortunate and thankful that i was able to attend and learn more about this organization. admittedly, i’d not heard of it prior to the announcement that john was going to be playing at the fundraiser, but after tonight, i know i want to be more involved with MP. in a nutshell, MP was founded when matt was battling stage 4 colon cancer in 2004. he knew that he wanted to lessen and ideally eliminate the struggles faced by children with life-threatening illnesses, and it hit close to home as one of his best friend’s children, 10-year-old charley, has duchenne muscular dystrophy. the funds raised by MP are responsible for fostering tremendous advancements in the treatment of DMD.
i wish i could fully articulate the vibe that was in the room of a thousand people tonight. it was so evident that everyone cared deeply for the cause and i could feel the positivity everywhere. that sounds so hippie-ish, but that’s the best way to describe it.
there were 14 lots auctioned, including a JM-related one that went for $25,000. awesomely, that was not the highest grossing lot of the night.
i really enjoyed john’s set. we were all seated at tables but everyone stood up when he came out to play, which i didn’t expect. sure, there were people talking throughout the set, but the crowd was quite enthusiastic. i am exhausted, but here’s the setlist as i remember it [probably slightly out of order]:
no such thing
half of my heart [with harmonica. love it.]
slow dancing [with sledgehammer lyrics at the end. over the summer i knew i heard him tease this but i could NOT remember which song he paired it with.]
stop this train [incredibly poignant and emotional for everyone.]
something like olivia
free fallin’ [with a musical tease i knew but could not place]
daughters [with somebody’s baby tease]
waiting on the world to change
[all songs solo acoustic!]
john played for an hour and seemed to be in great spirits, and i’m glad he’s recording now. i can’t wait to hear the new album once it’s finished!
please check out matt’s promise!
myself [this is the closest i can come to reblogging myself. i was inspired to post this by the photoset that’s floating around from this event.]