Squeal! Yep, Joshua Radin! Love him!
We got there just early enough that there was only one row of people in front of us. However, in that front row was Andre the Giant. No lie, this guy was at LEAST 6'8".... huge! LOL. We could still see just fine, but it made us laugh!
The concert started with Laura Jansen. I seriously loved her. Man, can this girl sing and jam on the piano! She has quirky/insightful songs and I really liked all her original songs. But my favorite number of hers was "Use Sombedoy" remake of Kings of Leon. She owned that song.
Then Cary Brothers rocked the stage. So I've been a fan of Cary Brothers for a long time, but always thought it was a group of dudes. Little did I know it is one dude - first name Cary, last name Brothers. Huh! I also never knew what a true talent he was. He can do acoustic, rock, guitar, piano, you name it. He owned the stage. He played my two favorite songs, Ride and Blue Eyes. The version of Blue Eyes was stripped down and raw, rather than the usual rock-pop version. Oh. My. Word. I almost cried - it was beautiful! I never really paid attention to the lyrics, but they are stunning! it was wonderful!!!
Then Joshua Radin came out. He is so adorable and humble and he was wearing this cute hat. He was just soaking up how much everyone loved him, he seemed sincerely surprised that so many people came to see HIM. It was so adorable! I knew his singing voice would be superb, but even his speaking voice made me giddy! He is fantastic. And I loved that he shared the back stories of all his songs, because then the songs I already loved became even more beloved in just an instant. You guys. Seriously. He is a musical genius. His voice!!!! I can't describe it, so let's just leave it at that. And this (so cute!)....
We were texting my mom during the entire concert, and unfortunately, she kept giving us bad news. We already had the tickets when Chloe acquired pneumonia, but today she really seemed to have made a turn for the better so we decided it would be okay to go. But she was having labored breathing and seemed to really be in pain. So even though I was so thoroughly enjoying Joshua's voice, lyrics and musical genius, my motherly instincts overrode the moment, so we snuck out early.
The only bonus of that was that since everyone was mesmerized by Joshua's performance, no one was in line to meet Cary Brothers. So we took just a quick minute to chat with him. We explained that we had to leave early so we could take care of our sick little girl. He signed a poster with a special message to Chloe - so sweet! :)
Now we're home and Chloe seems to be doing okay. I'm really worried about the labored breathing she was having earlier in the evening, but now she seems to be breathing fine. If she starts the labored breathing again, I'm going to have to take her to the doctor to make sure her sats are okay. For now, things are okay. Everyone hope and pray with me that things stay that way. Pneumonia has always been my worst fear with Chloe. I'm so afraid that if something ever takes her, it will be pneumonia. Her immune system is so fragile and it leaves her susceptible. I have faith that she will be okay, but that underlying fear is there. But these Joshua Radin lyrics are dancing through my head....
But I look at you, warm in your dream
While your mobile dances above
And I think to myself
It's a beautiful night
And I know everything
Is gonna be alright
Yes now I know
It'll be alright
(from Will's Lullaby)