I learned Steve Martin was coming to the Fraze Pavilion, and had been wanting to go. I met Mr. Martin in 1992 or 1993 at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as I was viewing Degas paintings. The man of comedy was witty that day, but he was more along the lines of fascinating, interesting and intelligent.
As I walked the dogs this morning I remembered Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Raiders,along with Edie Brickell, was performing at the Fraze. All day long I kept thinking I might just take a lawn chair over to Lincoln Park and listen to the Blue Grass concert. I posted something on Facebook, and about an hour later, there was a knock at the door. There stood my friend and neighbor, Dee Friesenborg, parent of a former student, with four tickets to the concert.
Dee & Terry Friesenborg – THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Michael Loree, one of my all-time favorites, and my pseudo-son, came to visit, and within a few minutes, Shawnee & Steve Breitenstein, parents of a current student, called to inquire about the two remaining tickets I’d posted on Facebook. It was an immediate quartet! And, a fun one, at that!
Steve Martin has been one of my all-time favorite comedians for nearly 30 years. I remember the King Tut and “Wild & Crazy Guy” years. My favorite movies are any in which he plays a dad – I feel so much more normal.
The concert was classy, and top notch! Mr. Martin intertwined his generous humor throughout, and it was wonderful to have tears from laughter streaming down my cheek after shedding tears of sorry this past week. This evening was therapeutic, and a much needed respite from the task that lies before me tomorrow when I take Flyer on her final car ride, and bid her farewell.
Dee & Terry: you are angels!
Michael, Shawnee & Steve: thank you for adding so much to this evening!