Having a successful marriage means making time to spend time together.
It’s hard when both of us work full time jobs and have other interests that fill up the time on the clock quickly.
With only 24 hours in each day, it is imperative to show that even though those things are important…..
They are not as important as we are to each other.
We have been showing our importance for each other for over 7 years.
Last night we had our Valentines date night.
Yeah…it was a week late but the calender doesn’t tell me what day in Feb. we have to celebrate it.
We strut to the strum of our guitars in good2begone land.
Our date started with a drive to our local historic 100 year old theater to see a live show.
An intimate acoustic evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October.
When we planned to do this. I wanted it with all the bells and whistles that could possibly go along with it.
When we bought tickets online, we also got to purchase meet and greet tickets.
Which meant, before the show, we got to meet and greet the artist.
I’m not a starstruck paparazzi stalker kind of guy….
When you get the real chance to meet an artist that is inspires and moves you,
That doesn’t involve hiding in the bushes or breaking into the DMV records department,
It’s a win win!
We arrived at 4:30 to wait for the shindig to commence…..
In a line with about 100 other fans who wanted the same experience.
(Picture courtesy of new friend Mac Cochran, who has a group site on Facebook called “For the love of Blue October”, check him out on there. He and his family are headed to the next show in Denton, Tx.)
We were all escorted into the theater around 6, and down to the orchestra section in front of the stage.
Justin came on stage, sat in the chair, spoke to all of us for a few and then played a song that will be on the band’s new album that will come out in April.
He then invited all of us all upstairs to personally meet him, talk with him and get a picture and autographed poster from the show.
I got the poster, a tshirt, and a book of his lyrics and writings….signed…BOOYAH.
The name of the book….and his home recording studio- “Crazy Making”…..no wonder I’m a fan.
Like I said, I’m not a celebrity stalker. When I had the chance to speak with him, I told him I hadn’t seen a live show since getting sober. His show would be my first.
He shook my hand, said thanks, and asked how long I’ve been sober.
I said over 9 years. He smiled and said,
“I’ve got 4. It’s amazing isn’t it? Man, I hope you enjoy the show. It’s all about my journey. Thanks for coming and supporting me!”
After my wife talked with him and basically told him to write
“I LOVE YOU” on her signed poster we took a picture with him.
Here is her signed poster, along with a tshirt and Cd from the opening act, Tori Vasquez.
Who, by the way, is incredible. She played for about half an hour. Just her voice and an electric guitar. Definitely worth supporting!
We then, took our seats and waited for the show.
Justin came on around 9 and played for around 2 hours running through a sampling of the songs he had written over the band’s 20 year career.
The emotion and passion he puts into his craft is hypnotizing and emotional.
About halfway through the show, the mic went out.
Without missing a beat, he pushed the stand aside and finished the show without it.
Our date night finished around midnight…..Over 7 hours after it started.
A 7 hour date.
With the same woman I started it with.
I’m pretty sure this might turn into something special.