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When the smoke settles... My Josh experience 
Aug. 21, 2011 11:29 pm 
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011 9:16 pm
I truly did want to stop in Friday night... well Sat. morning, but life was just a bit upside down still, at 3am, when I relented and fell into my bed!

Friday, I was a mess... not so bad early, but I was suffering anxieties as to whether or not Audie would make it over here...  Love her dearly, but she can be influenced by a multitude of emotional issues...  Unable to control myself, I called her at 3pm and got her out of bed, or so she told me.  "Coffee, hair, dog... I'LL BE THERE!"  Still somewhat dubious, I waited...  When she DID get here, we loaded up in J's Buick, and headed downtown, arriving before they'd even opened the doors.

Faced with a very LONG... flight of stairs, to get DOWN to our seats, and both of us being somewhat height challanged, did finally find an employee who led us through the back hallways, and to an elevator... bless her for that!  We found our seats, and scanned the arena...  I know my jaw hit my knees, and presume that Audie's did also... we were less than 50' from the stage, and had an absolutely WONDERFUL view...  3rd row from "ground" floor... the "band" came out, and I watched... awaiting the first glimpse of my IDOL...  Be darned if he didn't appear mid arena, on a separate "stage" not 50' to our left!  Audie gave me a good poke in the ribs!

The show itself was phenomenal... leaving we two speechless and in such AWE...  Two full hours, it was "josh" stage right...  My head reeled, despite him singing only a few songs that I am familiar with... (he's come out with a new album/cd, apparently...)

I don't think that it took him 15 mins to grab we, the audience, and OWN us for the duration!  I was mesmerized... I was lost, within that wonderful voice... in my opinion, the voice of an angel!  We were not there to enjoy HIM, we were there, because we were HIS!  I've never felt so strongly that the performer "owned" the venue... but Josh did, start to finish!

HE was so comfortable with "us," that had I not known better, I would have thought that he was singing for a group of family members, but perhaps that's what happens, when you are comfortable being where you are!

Still in a "fog," once the show was done, we made it back "up" to street level and began looking for a cab for the ride home...  It took a bit, as different "staff" were giving us conflicting advice...

Another thought... it didn't surprise me, but his musicians were many...  2 violins, 1 viola, 2 french horns, a trumpet, and 1 trombone, opps, forgetting the cello...  a drummer, and another on "percussions" (?) then there was the keyboard master.  I'm in hopes that I've not forgotten anyone! but I do believe I've covered it!!!! 

I was greatly impressed by Josh, in that he turned out to be a PERFORMER, and his "show" was so much more than "a show!" 

So, back to the "after..."  We were sat on the edge of a planter, collecting out thougts as to how to find a "ride" home, and somewhere in the "after" confusion, Audie looks at me, totally serious, and says "we have to get you a passport!  I have flyer miles, we could go see him in London!" (which is her home town btw.)  All talk?  MOST definatly NOT!

So, dumbshit that I am, tonight, I checked his tour schedule...  He'll be in London mid Oct, and in Birmingham the night after...  I HAVE FAMILY in Birmingham...  Naw.. two half nut jobs could never pull a trip together.... could we?  Two weeks... London/B'ham/London and back...  OMG!  I don't have a passport, since I was 13yrs old!  I'm comfortable thinking that this is a "pipe dream," but then... could it be?

So all... be so well, and so happy, and IF you think that you might do some "wild thing..." don't pass it off... not just yet!
Aug. 22, 2011 7:48 am
Josh who?
Aug. 22, 2011 10:22 am
My guess is Groban Raedwulf but I am not sure. Glad to hear you had a good time Stevie!
Aug. 22, 2011 11:05 am
Apologies for my neglect... yes, Josh Groban! Guess I figured I'd babbled enough about him in the past, that you'd all "keep up" with me....lol! best say no more (for now...) Be well!
Aug. 22, 2011 12:29 pm
I'm so jealous! You are totally right...Josh Groban does have the voice of an angel and I would dearly love to see him perform live sometime. But to have him less than 50 feet away for two full hours!! That would have been my idea of Paradise. I hope you do manage to pull off that trip to England to see him perform there. It will be the memory of a lifetime!
Aug. 22, 2011 4:34 pm
Love, love,love Josh Groban! He has such a beautiful voice and I am green with envy that you got to see him! Happy for you but still jealous!!
Aug. 22, 2011 7:41 pm
Go for it Stevie!
Aug. 22, 2011 10:48 pm
Thanks, all... my head is still spinning some! I would so love to see my family again, those who knew me back when... And to roll two more concerts into the mix! Certainly the only chance I'll have, if Audie and I can pull it together in two short months! Be well, friends! And... if ya like him, and have the chance, spend the $$ - he's SO worth it!
Aug. 23, 2011 2:54 am
wow Stevie,so glad you had a good time, sorry it took me so long to get here, internet has been down....any how.....later friend
Aug. 23, 2011 9:41 am
I know what you mean, Stevie. I saw him in my hometown several years ago and he was thrilling to put it mildly. Such an entertainer, comfortable with the audience, low key sense of humor, quick witted. I could go on and on. He is such a gentleman. Love him.
Aug. 23, 2011 11:11 am
My daughter works for a national TV station and was able to get us right up close when he did the Christmas show at Rockefeller Center. It was freezing cold, but when he opened his mouth it was magic! I'm so glad you got to see him.
Aug. 23, 2011 9:16 pm
Thanks Judy, Goldens, BigShotsMom... your comments are as descriptive as I tried to be... guess maybe I was still in AWE - not thinking clearly! I still have two dvd's and a number of cd's... Most definately my most FAV singer at this time! Be well, all!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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