After all these years I finally pulled off a suprise for Ryan.I can't believe it was seventeen years ago that I asked him to Sweetheart formal girls choice dance. A few weeks ago I bought two tickets to see Jim Brickman perform with the Teton Chamber Orchestra. I kept it a suprise up until we were supposed to be at the Civic Auditorium. I only told my mom so she knew and agreed to watch the kids. I told Ryan that on February 12th I was taking him on a date. He kept guessing, but had no iea. He was very impressed when he opened his Valentine card I made him and the tickets were inside.
The concert was so beautiful. It was exactly what we both needed to reconnect. As I sat on the edge of my seat, Ryan would put his arm around me or hold my hand. I had goosebumps. There were times when I was crying. The music touched my soul. I could see Ryan looking at me out of the corner of my eye. I looked over once and saw he was teary eyed.
The Teton Chamber Orchestra is the only orchestra that tours and accomponies various artists. Jim also had the very beautiful Anne Cochran accompany him on vocals. If I could sing I would pick her voice. It is very deep, husky absolutely heavenly. Anne sang the song " After all these years". Ryan and I both thought it was perfect for us. Jim told us that he grew up in Cleveland Ohio and went to high school with Anne. They've played together off and on since then. Tracy Silverman "The greatsest living exponent of the electric violin" Julliard graduate accompanied him as well. Ryan and I couldn't believe what Tracy was able to do on what he called a hybrid violoin. It is yellow and he plays it with a bow, it has six strings like a guitar. He could play anything from classical,pop,rock to heavy metal. Ryan was headbanging at one point when Jim was playing very seriously and Tracy was rock'in out. Too Cool! Jim said he thought Beethoven was turning in his grave. Tracy laughed and said Oh well he's already dead it won't hurt him.
Jim Brickman has the greatest sense of humor. He would say the funniest things. He told us that when he meets people and they don't know him and ask what kind of music he plays he said it's hard to explain. So he started telling people he's the world's newest romantic piano sensation. It was so funny. He was making fun of himself...kind of like on SNL they make fun of Celion Dion she is the greatest singer in all of the world. Anne was singing with Jim and told him he's now the galaxy's piano sensation. Apparently one of the Astronaunt's that is up in space requested one of Jim's song's for their wake up call. He said Wow I'm going to start using that. He seemed really humble. Ryan and I both felt he was inspired by the spirit. The entire time we were there we felt close to the spirit and Jaxon. Ryan told me he hadn't felt it for a long time. Jaxon made me a Valentine with Ryan's help and I framed it and it hangs on the wall in my bedroom on my side of the room. He has always been my Valentine. Jim has a beautiful song called Valentine.Jaxon and I used to listen to Jim Brickman cd's all the time. His song Destiny is one of our favorites. I use his music to Escape from reality when I'm having a hard day. He even commented on that's what inspired his Escape cd was it was a way he could give people a way to get away even if it was for only three minutes.
The concert started at 7:30 and went until 10:00. There was a fifteen minute intermission. We saw several people we knew, including Dr. Robinson my doctor that delivered Conor. I spoke to him for a bit. He's such a neat guy. I also saw my ENT doctor that took my tonsils out. I saw Mr. Hinckley my High School Pricipal. When the concert was over Ryan and I talked to Ranae Miner, my friend Kim's mom. Ryan works with her son Brian. We talked about the good O'le days when I lived on Avocet and Stokes was the only thing past the Grand Teton Mall. Her and her husband Lance owned that store. Ryan and I walked arm in arm to the car and felt so uplifted. He told me it was the perfect date and that he would much rather go to something like that than a rock concert. It was a very nice evening. I'm so grateful we were able to go and see this in Idaho Falls. Jim commented on the piano...he said he usually takes his piano on tour with him. However he didn't this time. He said the Civic's piano was very nice and it was nice of them to let him have it. Everyone laughed. Our seats were so good we could see his fingers perfectly. This was deinetly what the program promised "An evening of Romance with Jim Brickman". We didn't get home until 11:00 and it was pretty hard getting up for work this morning. The kids didn't want to get up for pre-school either. Once I told them they were having their Valentine party they were excited.