I just had a truly beautiful moment with Charlie. I’ve heard that new born babies don’t really smile, I maybe have seen a smirk or two out of this kid this entire week that we’ve been here. We’re leaving tomorrow morning at 6am and this was probably one of my if not my last opportunity to really hold him. I was sitting there feeling a little sad to be missing out on his growing up. They live hundreds of miles away. I didn’t want to let him go.
As I was sitting there cherishing these last moments with him in my arms and Charlie opened his eyes and looked up at me, then he tried for a little smile, stretching the corners of his mouth out to his sides for a split second. A moment later he tried again to smile, this time achieving a full blown wide mouthed, proudly gummed smile, looking at me straight in the eyes while I smiled back at him. I don’t really know how to describe it other than beautiful. I love you Charlie.
I can’t believe that dress rehearsals are over!!! Oh have I mentioned that I’m the pianist for the pit of our local production of Beauty and the Beast? Well, now that you know it’s all about to be over… Our first performance is tomorrow night and we’re only running for two weeks.
I’ve been involved in music since that magical night when we got our first piano. I had to have been 4 years old. My young music life culminated with a solo performance with an orchestra playing a magnificent concerto at age 16. It was a huge goal for me. Since that performance, I was never quite able to capture the magic again. I tried over and over but I couldn’t find that passion.
I finally allowed myself about a year ago to not make piano my life’s purpose. This may seem silly, but being a concert pianist has always felt like my destiny and I never wanted to give up on that. It’s been something of a relief to let that dream go. I hadn’t really touched a piano for about a year before beginning to work on this show.
From the first band rehearsal, I knew this was going to be something special. I feel like I’ve discovered a love for music that I’ve never quite had. Maybe it’s the Disney magic. 🙂 I’m so happy to be a part of this show and to be putting together a production with other talented musicians. I feel truly honored. Not only that, but it’s inspired me to work on other music as well.
One important difference in this music experience is that I’m not so concerned with performing incredibly difficult music. I’ve always striven for technical mastery, but now I’m taking a step back and appreciating what simplicity has to offer. In fact, I have a feeling I’ll be working on some pretty easy stuff for me in the coming future and I truly couldn’t be more excited about it.
Here’s to a great show!
I gotta admit you’re my favorite twin brother (even if you were born 11 1/2 years younger than me).
Obviously there is a huge age difference in these pictures (He's 12, and I was 2), but I'm convinced that this picture of me illustrates the most resemblance.
I remember the day you were born. It was so magical. It may be silly, but because you were born with red hair just like me I felt a special connection to you from the start.
Now, you’re so grown up! I’ve loved watching you grow up and I love that you’re now at an age where not only are you my cool little brother, but you’re becoming such a good friend to me.
I want you to know that no matter what, I’m here for you. Karen’s got your back. You are such a special person and don’t you forget it. I love you so much.
PS- Teach me gymnastics!!!