Prior to watching this past Sunday’s halftime show, I barely knew of Bruno Mars.
Being away in China, with Denver and Seattle matched up to play, just didn’t seem like reason enough to get out of bed at 5 a.m. to watch the festivities. As fate, or sheer boredom would have it, a quick peruse of my Facebook and Twitter streams of how awesome the performance was piqued my curiosity to catch the halftime show, if possible, on YouTube.
I’ve been watching it, on my Chinese New Year staycation, several times a day since–okay, so more like all day (winces).
I think I can finally articulate why that performance resonated with me. Perhaps you might feel the same way or just be willing to see why someone would take time out to write about it.
1. Magic is what happens when you love what you do.
As previously stated, I had only the vaguest idea of Bruno Mars existence. Watching him shimmy and move along with his band was downright infectious. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose music I’m more familiar with, clearly found some variation of the fountain of youth. They make 50 look far more appealing than their days Under the Bridge.
When that kind of energy is allowed to move without restriction, free from time, organic and raw, it makes everyone open to it feel magical too.
2. We just want to feel good about life.
Being away in China has forced me to unplug from the constant feed into our worries as Americans. If it’s not war, it’s the economy, if it’s not the economy, it’s our values. She slept with him, he’s strung out on this, she’s in rehab for that. Stop.
Mars and RHCP’s performance gave the masses a collective, much needed time out and some catchy tunes to sing.
Speaking of which…
3. Yes, we can all find a song to sing-a-long to.
The best part of the show, for me, occurred during Treasure. Mars invited the crowd to sing and they resounded with an audible “OOH-WHOA-WHOA-OOH!”
I could not believe my ears.
We’ve respectfully followed along with the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful but I’ve never witnessed such passion to abandon the norms and get involved.
I feel the joy whenever I watch that section.
4. It’s nice to know that someone thinks you’re amazing, just the way you are.
It’s cheesy and perhaps a bit contrived in our “enlightened” society, but damnit, you need to hear it.
5. “I ain’t scared.”
That’s what he told a journalist when asked about performing at the most-watched Super Bowl in history (so far).
As an addendum to number one, if you are presented with the opportunity it’s because you are ready and capable to do it.
After I watched the performance, I started searching around for more information on Mars and how his headlining came into fruition.
By all accounts, the all-powerful media outlets had only lukewarm expectations due to his lack of formal “experience.” Mars may have harbored expectations independent of silencing naysayers but watching him perform indicates that he was absolutely capable to pull off a great show. And in that lies a great takeaway for all of us still figuring out if we can do it.
We all are fighting for opportunities, maybe not as ambitious as headlining a show, but certainly just as worthy.
Keep fighting and know in your heart you are capable, your moment will arrive.