At the age of 13, the year that When Harry Met Sally came out (and became my number one favorite movie) I fell in love with Harry Connick Jr.’s music. In fact, instead of a Sweet 16, I was to celebrate my birthday at the Hollywood Bowl with my BFF Lo seeing him in concert. Her dad was not only able to get us tickets, but also backstage passes. TO. MEET. HIM. As luck would have it though,
I came down with mono.
Bad mono.
(It was the summer after I went to Israel to learn about my religion, and the summer boys went to my boobs to learn about how much fun nerdy girls can be.)
But I was too sick. There was no way I could go. I couldn’t even blow out a birthday candle.
Nearly 18 years to the day later…. I got to see Harry Connick Jr. in concert. Last weekend, my boyfriend J took me to the Hollywood Bowl to see HCJ…. Not only was it special to see him with J who loves his music as much as I do, but (if I may brag for a minute) we were sitting in seriously ridiculous seats…. Listening to HCJ croon and pound on the piano, you have no choice but to want to fall in love… it reminds me of my Grandparents… Hearing a standard and then starting to sing to each other… I mean, when I’m 85, will I really turn to my husband and start singing Boom Boom Pow…?
The point is, it was the best concert I have ever been to. And that doesn’t include when we met…
Oh, wait. You didn’t think I was just going to talk JUST about his music, did you?
SO, at some point during the show, Harry started to walk on the outer stage/wall … directly in front of our seats. After seeing a few people stand up to shake his hands, I stood up, waved and he came over, smiled and shook my hand. My hand… in front of 15 thousand PLUS people. DIE. For the next song or two, like a school girl, I could not concentrate and was pretty sure my hand was vibrating (like I swear my tongue was the very first time I french kissed).
Though meeting HCJ backstage might have been cooler and more legit than a handshake with a random star struck fan at a concert, I’m happy that I got to do it in my adult life. Of course, I still feel compelled to ask a question, that I most certainly would have asked at the age of 16:
“Do you think he, like, remembers me???” (Don’t answer that). 🙂
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  1. Saturday, August 21st, 2010
    so cute! He is so hot