Jarrod had a gig at a coffee house tonight. He played with a brass quintet in Addison. Levi wanted to hear his daddy play, so we packed up and went.
Levi was a little unsure as he had been awake for two hours longer than he usually lasts between naps and the coffee shop was small and the brass quintet was loud. He made those awful rip your heart out bottom lip curl about to cry faces several times. His eyes were red from being so sleepy and he could barely keep those cheeks up. He was on the verge of tears for a while, but was content to stare off into space as if in very deep thought.
Then break time came. Daddy came over to say hi. Levi put on his most silly, happy, nose crinkling, open mouth gaping, eyes squinting, fist tightening, smiles possible. Delirious. I can't think of a better word. Smiling all over himself in disbelief that his daddy would come over and hold him. It was one of my proudest moments watching him just eat up his daddy (I think his daddy was enjoying it too). Levi just couldn't get enough.
Then break time was over, and I put in a special request for a reasonably quiet song so that Levi could get up close to the quintet and watch his daddy play and not be blasted away. They played a piece called Perfect Love for him. It's absolutely beautiful. As I was holding my baby and watching him watch my husband play I couldn't help but tear up.
I felt like I was dreaming... you know, one of those dreams where you know you're dreaming and you don't want to wake up.
I was overwhelmed with pride. The Lord has blessed me with such an amazing partner in life. Jarrod has an incredible gift. He is more passionate and works harder than anyone that I know. I absolutely love watching him play, whether it's in a coffee shop in Addison or in the Meyerson Symphony Center playing with the world renown Dallas Symphony.
Music is a huge part of who I am - music is what brought us together. I was lucky enough to marry a phenomenal musician - and to watch him with Levi, to see the joy that they bring each other is almost more than I can bear.
Here is "Perfect Love" performed by the Dallas Symphony Brass Quintet. Listen to when Jarrod comes in, what it adds to the piece - just spectacular.