A front row seat

How much do you think it costs for a front row seat at a live concert starring some of the world’s best entertainers? Or even better – those exclusive balconies that hover over the stage? The balcony people usually get the nod from the star on the stage below. Most of us however end up sitting somewhere in the middle in the best seats WE could afford just to hear and possibly catch a glimps in the distance – far far away – of our idol. The only way you can actually see their facial expression is by ignoring the stage and instead watching one of the big screens in the theatre. 😦

COVID-19 has changed all of that and I like to think of it as the silver lining – because if you are a dreamer – like me – there always HAS to be a silver lining.

So this weekend I enjoyed a personal chat and performance by Andrew Lloyd Webber who played some excepts from his amazing Phantom. Wow – no backing orchestra, no crowds, no parking – just me and Andrew in his lounge.

After I said goodby to Andy, as I affectionately called him, (he was fine with that – at least he didn’t say anything) I left his baronial home in England (did you know he is a Baron?) and headed across the pond to the States to drop in on Norah Jones. I have loved her music for a long time so it was a real pleasure to sit in her home and listen to her play – just for me.

So I think that although we have cursed it, banned it and sometimes lost our connection with it – the internet is a blessing at this time keeping the world connected. I am especially grateful to have the internet as I have a new grandbaby born on Thursday and have been visiting him virtually as my goal is to protect him as much as possible.

So sit back – enjoy your virtual concerts – you will never ever get a free front row seat like this again!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. I’ve had front row (virtual) seats with Jann Arden and Keith Urban in the last couple of days. It certainly brings a bit of joy into our homes these days. Stay safe!


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