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For the past several years I have wanted to go to see Josh Groban live. I live in Los Angeles and there were several opportunities but it never worked out... But this time when I found out he was coming back to the Greek, with Sarah McLaughlin, I knew I had to jump and make it happen - seeing him live was after all, an item on my bucket list.
From the first note, I was covered in goosebumps and was overcome with emotion and deep gratitude for the experience. Josh has a voice that reaches into my soul and grabs ahold of me. Through many ups and downs I have celebrated life's madness with that voice engrained in me. As a huge lover of the theater, I loved that he sang the variety of numbers from various shows and was BLOWN away by the performance from his new show. (I've already gone online to check out tickets on Broadway!) I was also so glad he sang a few of his classics and was moved to tears by "You Raise Me Up" accompanied by the chorus and white lights of the cell phones - truly a "religious" experience. "February Song" was perfect as was his duet "Arms of the Angel" with Sarah.
Josh exceeded my expectations of seeing him perform live with his engaging stories and genuine happiness to be performing in his home town on closing night. His sincerity was felt and it shone through his entire show and I loved that he was on stage for his family and David Foster all of whom he mentioned throughout the night. This experience is one I shall never forget. It moved me to tears, had me laughing, singing along and so beyond thrilled that this bucket list experience was more than I could have ever imagined.
August 3rd was my husband's birthday. (He never wants ANYTHING for his birthday, but he really likes both Josh Groban and Sarah McLaughlin, so I thought tickets for the event would be a perfect gift.) Sadly, we didn't get to use the tickets we'd purchased.....on the morning of August 3rd, my husband called me from work to say that his mother had had a heart attack.
(As background, my husband is, for all intents and purposes, an only child and my mother-in-law was the only family he had - except for me and our boys)....
I hightailed it to the hospital, where my husband was waiting. Sadly, my mother-in-law passed away hours after we arrived.
I was there, in Kansas. And I have to say that it was perfect. I was in Vienna/Austria/ 2 times before, but this time I had to fly more than 12 hours.
I asked my sons for a small break on our trip to Orlando and I was so happy - they say yes. Starlight theatre was perfect choice. I had a tears in my eyes, smile on my face. And a big moment? When I met Josh personaly, and saw and heard concert from the 3rd row.
I had the most amazing time. I laughed, I cried and I sang every song. My friend from work brought me along because her husband wasn't able to go. He was still working over seas in Afghanistan and couldn't come home for the concert. She knew how much I loved JG and his music and wanted me to come with her, all I had to do was drive to Atlanta. She didn't want me to pay her for my ticket. It was a gift. I cried because this was the most sweetest thing ever and I was coming to see one of my favorite singers ever. She got to meet Josh cause her husband had bought her a VIP pass. She says he is amazing and so nice. I was just so happy to be there. When Sarah sang I was so excited. I have loved her for a long time.
Although this was my 4th time to see Josh in concert, I still get goosebumps when he starts singing. My son also decided to go with me, and to see his face when Josh started to sing Pure Imagination, was priceless. He couldn't get over how amazing Josh sounded in person. I also think the woman next too me started crying. Great evening had by all!!
This was my first ever Josh Groban concert. It was so fun. We had lawn seats and I went with one of my long time friends. A few things I will never forget about that concert:
----- My friend I went with is legally blind, she even brought her guide dog with. Josh was trying to read a fan's poster and said "I think I'm the blindest one here without my glasses" and my friend shouted "No you're not!" I don't think he heard her. If he did, I would be so curious as to what he thought!
---- Continuing from the story above, the fan ended up writing a poster asking Josh for a hug. To which he obliged! He ran off the stage, down the pavilion seating to the gate where the lawn people were to give her a hug! HOw sweet!
Holy shit! Thanks @johnkrasinski and @jimmykimmel!!! https://t.co/rhTNdQJgIg