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Finally got it right

GrobAngel's picture
on May 19, 2008 - 12:42pm

I finally made it to Good Morning America. I woke up around 5:30 on Friday and got dressed in jeans, the lucky green shirt, and my Angel pendant (beautiful necklace with solid perfume inside). My fiance drove me down, grumbling all the while. This wasn't at the early hour, but the fact that I was going to see Josh. Would he prefer it if I had gone in early to see not Josh but the newly reunited New Kids on the Block? (I raised the question later, and his answer is no.)
My early train got me to New York at 6:30, and I made it to the back of the huge line in Bryant Park shortly after. After some waiting, they let us in. I got in easily, walked past the security personnel, and got a spot in maybe the fifth row and in the very center. It would have been an excellent view if not for all the umbrellas...when it wasn't even raining! It was just sprinkling then. Most of the audience cheered when someone from ABC told them they'd have to put the umbrellas away during the show.
While all this was going on, the musicians were doing their sound check. I heard instrumentals for "Awake" and, to my great delight, "Alla Luce del Sole." Then Josh came out. He was wearing jeans, a dark heavy coat, and a scarf. He sat down at the plastic-covered piano and plastic- and towel-covered bench, remarking, "Love the butt towel." Someone in the audience shouted, "Can I have it?" If I see that thing on eBay...
But enough about the butt towel. (That's one phrase that just doesn't find its way into everyday conversation.) Josh ran through "Awake", stopping every now and then to suggest changes, and "You Raise Me Up." In the latter, he sang, "Until you come...and stand in the rain with me."
I wouldn't say things got quiet after he went off, but nothing happened on stage again until 8:35. That's when the concert began. There was an interview before that, but the crowd was so noisy that I didn't hear a word he said. I'm sure it's on YouTube.
I'm also sure I'll be visiting YouTube to relive part of that day. The concert started with "You Raise Me Up." Josh, now in a short black leather jacket with zippers up the sides, stood at a mike in the very center of the stage. I was still in the center of the crowd, and able to look right at him. At the first "you" in the song, he pointed into the audience. It looked and felt like he was pointing at me. I couldn't believe it.
And it wasn't over yet. He walked out from the covered stage, down a set of stairs, and onto an extension. The distance between us was comparable to me sitting on my bed and watching the TV in the bedroom. I took a picture with my cell phone, and it actually looks like a person. I like this song so much more than I used to after today!
They cut to a commercial, and then he accompanied himself on "Awake" without the second verse or bridge. That was it...for the show. He did "Alla Luce del Sole" for us. I love that song.
I didn't even write about the stage banter. Between songs, they cut to a commercial and Josh stayed on the covered stage. He looked at the stairs, said, "Slip n Slide..." and struck a pose and face like he was going to dive down. Then he straightened up and said, "In other news, Josh Groban breaks everything."
It was wet and cold out, my endometriosis was acting up, my back and shoulders hurt. I also hurt my throat screaming as much as I did, but it was worth it. It was all worth it.

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