Missing Me: I went to see En Vogue at Capital Jazz Fest ’09

I’ve been missing Maplewood.  I went on a mini vacation.  I went to the Capital  Jazz Festival held in Columbia Maryland to watch En Vogue rock on.  Find below pictures of the En Vogue concert that brought me full circle.

I confess that seeing En Vogue was my underlining motivation for attending the festival on Sunday June 6, 2009.  I didn’t go for the Jazz.  =o)

En Vogue disbanded years ago.  This is their first tour since. Do you remember the song ‘Free Your Mind’?  They performed the song during the concert.  I heard it in my early teens, but as an adult it resonates much more deeply with me!  This is the point I am in my life. This is how it starts: “Prejudice. Wrote a song about it, here it goes…”


“To date, En Vogue has sold over twenty million albums and singles worldwide[3]. They have won more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group in MTV history, a total of seven, along with three Soul Train Awards, two American Music Awards and seven Grammy nominations. According to Billboard Magazine they were the eighteenth most successful act of the 1990s, and one of the most popular and successful female groups of all time.”

It’s great to live in a town where we actively struggle against the isms.  Our township government has come out in support of gay marriages.  Residents who disagree on the right to gay marriage show tolerance and acceptance of their neighbors.  A good number of families adopt from abroad. We have a high number of inter-racial marriages and inter-religious marriages…which makes me happy.  I am open to these possibilities.  As a young adult who grew up into in this town I’m not free of prejudice…but I’m struggling against living a life of isms.

On the music tip, I’m currently into the Black Eyed Pea’s song ‘Boom Boom Pow’…cause I’m just so 3008. Check out the video on YouTube.


© 2010 W. S. Hughes


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