Friday was a MUCH better day than Thursday. First of all, there are no cicadas in Detroit.
I watched a Harry Potter marathon in my hotel until I decided it was not TOO early to go to the Joshua Bell place. The concert started at 8, and I left at 5. I was NOT going to screw this one up!
I got a cab and told the guy “There is a Starbucks somewhere near the Detroit Symphony and I need to go to both places” and he said he knew where that was and took me there. I had NO CLUE where I was, so I asked him to wait while I got my beverage, and I bought him an iced tea. Then we went to the Max and Marjorie Fisher place, i.e. the Joshua Bell Place, and it turns out it was about ten feet away from Starbucks. I gave the guy a big tip.
I went in, and because I now knew there were many places to sit, I expected to be able to just waltz in and sit somewhere, drink my iced vanilla latte, and read for the next two hours. I had to walk through the Fancy Open Area of Fancy People Eating, and to do that, I had to get past an usher. I was wearing what I always wear, jeans and a black tee shirt, and my hair is currently magenta. This poor man had no idea what to do with me. He could NOT grasp the idea that I KNEW I was very early, and I just wanted to sit and read. Finally he let me in, and I sat and read. It was nice.
Concert – same as the night before, and Joshua Bell was, if possible, even more perfect. And I knew. This time I KNEW. I left at intermission and went down to the Fancy Open Area of Fancy People Eating, which is where he was signing autographs.
Those of you who know me – I was in my total spazz mode. Those of you who do not know me, I think I have explained it enough for you get to a general idea.
Here is what transpired.
Darcy – “Hi Joshua Bell”
Joshua Bell – “Hi!…..Hi?”
Darcy – stares intently
Joshua Bell – “I recognize you”
Darcy – “Over the past 25 years this is my 11th time seeing you and I saw you in Akron a few months ago and this is kind of our 11th anniversary and also my hair is very recognizable.”
Joshua Bell – “Wow! Yes, I knew I recognized you! Thank you for coming again!”
Darcy – “DO YOU HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY?”
Joshua Bell – “No, I actually don’t think very visually at all….”
This is where I had about 5 follow up questions but the people in line behind me started shoving their stuff in front of him to sign and I got discombobulated.
Darcy – “I was wondering if you would also sign this blank piece of paper because I want to get your signature tattooed on me”
Joshua Bell – “Whoa, tattooed? Are you sure? That’s a lot of pressure to write neatly”
Darcy – “Yes, because I have a Green Day tattoo (at this point I pulled down my shirt to show him, essentially flashing Joshua Bell), and I want to get a Hamilton tattoo, and you are among the top three I mean you are the top one and I want to do that.”
Joshua Bell – writing very neatly on the blank piece of paper, and then also going to sign my program….”What is your name?”
Darcy – “Darcy!”
Joshua Bell – “With a Y?”
Darcy – “Yes! Darcy with a Y!”
Joshua Bell – finishes signing
Darcy – “Joshua Bell do you think ever in your life you will play 503 from Angels and Demons live because I really think you should and I really want to hear that live so much.”
Joshua Bell – “What’s it called? I played that? What is it?”
Darcy – “Oh my gosh, it is only 3 minutes long but it is my favorite thing ever it is from Angels and Demons and yes you played it.”
Joshua Bell – “To be honest, I recorded that in one day and I don’t think I have played any of it since – but I’ll go back and listen to it and maybe I will play it”
Darcy – “Please play it it makes me cry and I do not know why because not a lot of things make me cry and maybe next time you come to Akron you can play it.”
Then we said our goodbyes because the people behind me were essentially pushing me along and I died.
But I have SO MANY MORE QUESTIONS. So many. I would be a good interviewer of Joshua Bell because I have so many questions. And he could play 503 and I could cry for reasons I do not understand. Or he could play anything. ANYTHING.
I bought a ticket to see him in Chautauqua NY in August and I am already excited and spazzy about that.
Here is what he signed in my program:
The tattoo signature is neater, but I will not show that until it is actually tattooed on my wrist.