Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This Magic Moment

It happened that the tickets were purchased over a year ago. The original intent was that it be a Christmas present from my husband, for a magical night. He put a lot of thought and effort into bidding on the tickets on the internet, watching the price carefully. They weren’t some $50 tickets, these were good seats.

The concert was scheduled, unfortunately, for the same day as the nation was electing Barack Obama into the highest office in the country – a landmark day – one that warranted a huge celebration in the depth of the city that is Chicago. The same night as Celine Dion got a tickle in her throat? Hmmmmm.

So last evening, my husband and I took the day off work, wanting to spend the afternoon in Chicago shopping along the Mag Mile and grabbing a nice dinner in Little Italy, then attending the re-scheduled concert he so wanted to share with me.

And then it started to snow. We left our home at 2:00 p.m., for the trek which is normally 45 minutes to an hours’ drive. We skipped the shopping as the traffic was bumper to bumper in the blinding weather conditions, barely making the show time at 8:00 p.m. Whew! That Celine can put on a show when she’s not nursing a sore throat, let me tell you!

I have seen her before in concert, back in the “Power of Love” days…before the hit movie Titanic made her famous, or rather more famous if possible. She was terrific, and magical. Of course, it was an outdoor venue, with the soft summer’s night air blowing all around us, my daughter and I had a wonderful time, listening to this angel open her mouth and this wonderful sound waft out. It seemed almost effortless!

The arena last night didn’t have those same acoustics, and while it was fabulous, some of the magic of that first concert was lost. Either that or I was shell shocked from that magnificent travel time! Still, we were alive – and not stranded along the skyway! It was a good time – still a magical moment! Just hard on a semi-empty stomach (we had pizza at the United Center, not the best Chicago pizza either)
Honey, thank you for the magical evening, I love you!


Lisa said...

Ah, the things we do to hear our favorite artists live. I too have driven in blinding snow to get to a concert. Glad you guys made it safely there and back! They even cancelled our school program last night it was so bad.
You know Mimi and Steph were going to that concert too?

Mimi's Toes said...

Oh, you are pumping me up for our concert to go see her this Sunday in Indy! I just pray the weather permits! Steph and I were given the tickets by "To Think is to Create" to review. I LOVE Celine's angel voice. I have never seen her in concert. This is also a re-scheduled concert due to her throat problem she had. I will let you know how it is.
Sorry your pizza was so bad....

JackeeG4glamorous said...

Mimi- yeah that girl can sing! You will have a splendid time, she's a real showman.

Dianna said...

I'm sure it was awesome~glad you got there in one piece*!*

My Wonderful Men said...

What a fun date night for you and your husband.
A year is a long time to wait to see her. Wish the weather and pizza would have been better but I'm sure she was worth it all.