Tales from A Marriage: Songs in the Key of Life

close up picture of a couple's facesIt started with a date hours after finding out Michael Jackson died. It’s nearly fourteen years later, and we are now married with two kids, a home, and living in a different city. Through it all, one thing stays constant in our marriage – our love of entertainment, particularly live entertainment. It’s our happy place, our love language.  Our first experience was a concert at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana to see India.Arie and John Legend. A month later, we were in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Macy’s Cincinnati Music Festival to see the OJays, Anita Baker, and Robin Thicke.

He’s a musician; a drummer in his college band and a trained pianist. I’m a girl from the Midwest who grew up surrounded by the sounds of R&B. The experience of finding this one thing in common bonds us through the ups and downs of marriage. There’s no convincing needed to buy tickets when there’s an artist in town we both want to see. There’s something to be said for hearing Jill Scott belt out ‘He love me’ at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion or Babyface dance across the rotating stage at the Arena Theater singing songs he’s written for New Edition, Boys II Men, or Brandy. These experiences create lasting memories that make us smile and laugh together.

married couple at a concertWe’re not fair-weather fans, reserving date night for the weekend. We saw Lauryn Hill and Jazmin Sullivan at the House of Blues on a random weekday night, and recently saw Alicia Keys at the Smart Financial Center on a Tuesday in September last year. We’ve traveled for our music fix. Stevie Wonder for his Christmas concert in Los Angles. We celebrated our ninth anniversary in Las Vegas with Usher.

It doesn’t stop at music for us. We love a good laugh. Our live entertainment interests extend to comedy shows. The Houston Improv is one of favorites.  Monique, Gary Owen, Jay Pharaoh, Tony Rock, and others have come through there and we’ve seen them all. We’ve seen Kevin Hart twice – Las Vegas and here in Houston. We prioritize these moments because that’s where our connection happens.

We also love live sports. After our twins were born and we were looking for ways to connect in our marriage, we purchased a winter season package for the Houston Rockets. Out of the house, away from our babies for a couple of hours to see a basketball game reinvigorated us. We used these moments to turn off parenting and enjoy what was happening right in front us. Cheer on the team, stomp our feet as the opposing team made a foul shot, and yell excitedly as a big play was being made.

We’ve seen nearly everyone we’ve wanted to see. Next on our list is seeing our favorite artists in a different city or a different country. Let’s take our love fest on the road and see how an audience in Germany is different than an audience in Texas or Nevada.couple standing next to giant letters LOVE

What activity is a favorite for you and your partner?



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Tiffany Harris
Tiffany is a bit of a wanderlust starting from her early years. She is the daughter of an Army veteran and was born in Georgia and has lived in Okinawa, Japan, Monterey, California, Dayton, Ohio and then spent the majority of her formative years growing up in Canton, Ohio where her parents were born and raised. For the last eleven years she has called Houston home. She's had some of her most transformative events happen here - her wedding and the birth of her twins. Over the years, even with children, she's continued to enjoy the friendly skies. She owes much of her traveling in the last ten years to visiting her younger sister who has lived in Okinawa, Japan, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Monterey, California, Muscat, Oman, and Cairo, Egypt. In her daily life, she is busy with her now five-year old twins {a boy and a girl} enjoying time with her engineer husband and spending time with friends. Tiffany is a fan of low-key spots in the city where she can enjoy a great cocktail or glass of wine.


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