My brush with fame
18 November, 2010
My brush with fame

This past 4th of July, was a day just like any other for most people here in Georgia but for me, and all other Americans, it was Independence Day. My wife and I wanted to do something to make an otherwise ordinary day more memorable.

My lovely wife, being the clever woman that she is, suggested that we should go out to enjoy some live music, a concert in fact. Now, when it comes to music, no matter what country you

are from or even what type of music you prefer, I feel most would agree that it is the one truly universally understood language, “don’t you agree?” By now you’re probably wondering where we went and who we saw perform that day, it was none other than, Temur Kvitelashvili and he played at Tbilisi’s conservatorium. I honestly didn’t know very much about him at the time, though I was quite interested in learning more. When we arrived at the   conservatorium it was a bit too early to enter and take our seats, so we walked around for a while. If you are a frequent reader of my stories, then you know how much I enjoy walking in the city. We didn’t go far; we were mainly just killing time before the show. We walked and talked and looked at all the different types of people who were waiting for the event to begin on that rather hot summer day. I remember telling Lika, “yes my wife” about the many concerts that I saw back in the states and yes how different it felt, “why different you ask” well the biggest difference is that, my cousin Scott and I would always go together and for us it was a sacred ritual were we had to drive for at least an hour during which we would prepare for the show by listening to music, “from whoever we were going to see of course” and other various details that are too sacred to share. After our short walk we decided it was time to go inside and get ready for the show. The atmosphere was quite interesting, not exactly what I was used to, mostly due to the large marble pillars and other various characteristics that made me feel as though I was at a very prestigious event, which is strikingly dissimilar from most of my past experiences in such situations. As we made our way up the elegant stairway, we noticed a number of TV cameras, I didn’t know it at the time but after the show, they would be interviewing me. Moving on, we continued up the stairs to our seats in the top balcony, “It was so very hot” even so, once Temur began to play, the heat was no longer an issue. Temur started his performance sitting alone with his guitar, he played various pieces of music to the captivated audience, “myself included.” After he finished his solo performance, the rest of the band joined him, including an orchestra. The evening thereafter played out as did most of the other times I went to see a live performance with one exception, which of course I will now share with you. First of all, as we made our way down those marble stairs I told you about earlier, we were stopped by a reporter and gave a quick interview and it was quite fun, but I had something more interesting in mind. Lika stopped to look at Temur’s poster, but I wanted to meet the man himself. After sprinting out and around the corner of the conservatorium, I noticed some people waiting outside the back of the building. Soon after that, Lika had realized that I wasn’t at her side, so she caught up with me. Now comes the most important difference between this and my other concert experiences. We stood at a door with some other people, hoping to see or maybe even meet Temur. It turned out that one of the people waiting with us was a friend of his, my wife told he was an actor by the name of Zura Kipshidze. Now let’s get to the most interesting part, shall we? Somehow, we were invited up to meet Temur. In no time at all, we found ourselves sitting in a room back stage, waiting for none other than Temur Kvitelashvili. It wasn’t long before we were in his company. We didn’t stay very long, but it was long enough to wish him a happy birthday and ask one or two questions. I was a bit surprised by the fact that I hadn’t heard more about him before that day, simply because he has performed so many times in America. Temur told us that he played at: The Big Potato, Iridium, La Ve Lee and Carnegie hall in New York, all of which are top notch, and that my dear readers, is my “brush with fame”….

 

 

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