I’ve never looked forward to a concert so much. I drove to Toronto yesterday to hear Jackie Evancho, a 14-year-old girl with a celestial voice. During Jody’s funeral luncheon, and at her Celebration of Life, I showed the video of Jackie singing “In The Arms Of An Angel”, which is where Jody is. And to hear Jackie sing “Nessum Dorma”, an operatic piece usually performed by men, is to be transported into a heavenly realm. This girl is far more than her voice, though. She has an astonishing presence on stage. I think she’s an old soul, reborn on Earth to bring joy and spread love.
I lived in Toronto for the first 21 years of my life. Yesterday, I had a vague memory of a cheap parking garage near the Sony Centre downtown. I knew what exit to take off the freeway, and after a few twists and turns, there was the garage. Plus it was only $5.00 to park for hours and hours. Yay!
An hour-and-a-half before showtime. I thought a beer would be in order. Right outside the garage, on a street called The Esplanade, sat an Irish pub. Inside was dark wood, a seat at the bar, large screen TV sports, and a Barking Squirrel lager. Oh, bliss is mine! I talked to two of the servers, and they were both genuinely happy that I was about to hear one of the most beautiful voices in the world. My soul was flying high, not to mention the rest of me with the beer.
7:15. The show would start at 8:00 so it was time to mosey. As I was walking out of the pub, one of my new friends smiled and said, “Enjoy the concert.” Indeed. It was only two blocks to the Sony Centre and my cells were singing. As I rounded the corner, I wondered if the doors would be open yet. Then I saw a fellow going inside. Good. I’ll just hang out in my seat (only ten rows from the stage!) and drink in the theatre.
Off the sidewalk now and approaching all those glass doors. A corner of my mind noticed five 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper on the windows, but who cares? Hand reaching for the door. Eyes lifting to check out the sign.
(Standing still) (Staring) (Gulping)