|And music filled the air...||7/6/2016
June offered an eclectic music mix to get the summer off to a sunny start. Not only the outdoor "Laurel Live" music festival that Ed and I took in-- with concerts that included Andy Grammer and Grace Potter, but also a few shows of my own.
My first concert was with Jim Brickman at Cain Park,a leafy amphitheater in Cleveland Heights, OH. You may recall that I've performed here before with Jim; it's also where some of my solo summer shows have been set. It was a beautiful night tinged with a bitter sweetness for me and my family--my recently-departed sister's husband should have been in the audience at her side. My hubby brought her and they were a comfort to each other. We really miss our Mike... He would have adored this lovely evening and added his special warmth to the wonderful audience response.
The following week, I flew to Minneapolis for a private show with Ben Utecht at The Ordway Theatre. This special concert was a surprise 50th wedding anniversary gift from a husband to his wife! Backed by a full band and 12 string players, Ben and I sang eight songs from our romantic "Two of Hearts" CD, along with other standards and my current single, "The Moment You Were Mine." It was exhilarating!
The anniversary couple, Dave and Sandy, loved the show, as did their 600 guests. Ben also incorporated a music video of "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art", recorded vocally by the couple's 10-year-old granddaughter, who stole the show…darn these kids :) She was darling!
The last day of the month, Abe LaMarca, Pete Tokar and I rocked, as we did last summer, on the patio at Crop Kitchen, in Cleveland’s University Circle. The weather was perfect, the crowd was fantastic and we had a blast! It was also a perfect night for personal rejoicing…it was Abe’s birthday and my wedding anniversary.
It's so hard to believe that 32 years have gone by since my best friend and I were young, enchanted newlyweds! Our eldest son arrived two years later, followed by a little brother four years after him: they are now 29 and 25, and that is even harder to grasp. Wow, how time flies! But the enchantment is still intact and I love my Ed even more today! I am a very lucky gal!
In between music dates, Ed and I attended a benefit for the beautiful Cleveland Zoo, as guests of longtime friends, Barb and Joe. It was a fun night with their friends and family.
After the event, we ended the evening at their home, watching the Cavaliers lose at home. But as everyone knows by now, our Cavs came back big time, making history! They were down 1-3 and went on to win the next three games and the NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors on their home ground. This was the first professional sports championship trophy won by a Cleveland team since 1964, when the Browns carried the NFL title, so you can imagine the excitement!
My sister and I, along with friends, Greg and Jim, were part of the 1.3 million people downtown for the parade and the celebration of our Cavaliers. Our city was alive with a spirit that was off the charts!
And the city is still on fire!