Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm off to Birmingham to see one of the most gifted musicians I've ever had the pleasure to meet - Chris Botti. He's currently touring the country playing with various symphonies. His new CD, Chris Botti in Boston is a treasure and treat for your soul.
I first became acquainted with Chris Botti's talents through Sting, of whom I am a fan. From that point I began collecting his CDs and have seen him twice. The above shot is three generations - my mom, Kayla, Chris and me when he played the historic Princess Theater in Decatur, Alabama in 2006.
Chris Botti is a gentleman. One of the nicest people on the planet. He's genuine - none of the fakey, plastic smiles and platitudes one normally receives in the presence of celebrity. Kayla played saxophone in the band at that time, and I'd gotten us front row seats to the show. He was very nice to me and my mom, thrilled that we were there together. However, he took extra time with Kayla and talked with her about music and her goals. While his management team was frantic due to the line of people waiting for autographs he was nonplussed and spent about five minutes of his valuable time speaking directly to her. His passion is kids and music, and always speaks of it in his shows.
If you ever have the opportunity to see Chris Botti play you should do so. He is absolutely amazing. Treat yourself. That's exactly what I'm doing this weekend so I'll not be on-line. I'll be in heaven!!! Have a great weekend everyone!