Talkin’ Live Music With Mom: New Colony Six to Elton John

Since it’s Mother’s Day today I’d like to celebrate all moms by inviting my mom to share her first and favorite concert experiences, her thoughts on which body parts we should protect at concerts and more mom-centric live music moments.

Hearing my mom talk about her first and favorite concert moments explained a lot about why I love going to see live music, and in this two part video interview that we did live on the streets of Chicago on a very sunny Sunday afternoon, we covered big music topics and dodged cars while we buzzed through decades of concert experiences in a matter of minutes.

It goes without saying that we should never underestimate or take for granted the influence that our moms have on us. That said, this Mother’s Day interview with my mom taught me a lot about just how important our mothers truly are when it comes to understanding the roots of our love for live music.

The following two videos are highlights from our chat and please feel free to continue the conversation in the comments below, especially if you were at the same concert my mom was back in Wheeling, IL when she saw The New Colony Six.

Thanks again to Janette, my mom’s twin sister who was also celebrating with us, for helping shoot the video. It was truly a family affair.

Part One: My mom’s first concert.


Part Two: Motherly advice on which body parts to protect at concerts. What concert would she want to re-live? What does she think of Lady Gaga mixing with Elton John?


My Mom’s…

First concert: The New Colony Six at Wheeling High School in Wheeling, IL

Three favorite concerts:  Elton John, The Guess Who at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago; and Gloria Estefan at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin.

Choice body part to protect at a concert: her ears

Special note:
As I mentioned in the video, my mom, Annette, is participating in a Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk this August and she is currently raising money to support family and friends.  If you would like to donate, you can do so by visiting her personal page for more information.

Thanks again to my mom for sharing her concert experience and I wish all moms a very happy Mother’s Day today!

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  • Annette Tepper

    Mother’s Day in the city! I had a great time talking about those live concert experiences.
    Music is and always will be a big part of my life.. Past down from my parents, as they always kept music playing.. My Mom listening to Andy Williams, or playing the piano on special holidays and my Dad and his friends singing barbershop songs or leading Sunday Mass in song. And now singing to the songs on the radio with my grandchildren is the best!!!

  • Annette Tepper

    Mother’s Day in the city! I had a great time talking about those live concert experiences.
    Music is and always will be a big part of my life.. Past down from my parents, as they always kept music playing.. My Mom listening to Andy Williams, or playing the piano on special holidays and my Dad and his friends singing barbershop songs or leading Sunday Mass in song. And now singing to the songs on the radio with my grandchildren is the best!!!

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