Thanks to the beautiful ladies at One2One Network, I recently got to attend the Yanni Voices Concert when they passed through my area. How was it? In a word, PERFECTION.
Ya'll this is saying a lot for a girl who considers a perfect concert to be more along the lines of Jimmy Buffet. He and Yanni aren't exactly in the same category, know what I mean?
Yanni has been working for over two and a half years with four very talented vocalists who have written some amazing lyrics to his music. Nathan Pacheco, Leslie Mills, Chloe and Endor Thomas are above and beyond any talent I've ever heard. Let me tell you, when Leslie Mills sings "Before the Night Ends", the world stops and pays attention. Since the concert, I bought the CD and I listen to that song over and over. My five year old has proclaimed Leslie as the most beautiful voice she's ever heard.
This concert was honestly the best I've ever been to. While there, I experienced just about every emotion possible thanks to the most amazing musicians on the planet. I left with a greater appreciation for music than I've ever had and wishing that I had an ounce of talent that the people on stage possess.
One of my favorite things about the show was watching all of the musicians on stage interact with each other and with Yanni. It was so apparent that these are not just people that work and perform together. They are family. They seemed to have such genuine love for each other and I think that's part of why the music was so moving.
After the show, I was able to go backstage and meet the four "Voices" and they were as beautiful and gracious off stage as they were on. They were all so thankful that we were there and willing to share their music with our readers. I nearly fainted from how beautiful they all were. They were all so sweet and I got to talk shop with Leslie and Endor for a bit about blogging and Twitter. Leslie is a Twitter guru and had just introduced Endor to the
dark side wonderful world of Twitter.
If Yanni Voices is coming anywhere near you, you must go. I mean it. You will remember this concert forever as one of the best. If they aren't coming to a city near you, I'm sorry. But, you can try to watch the show on your local PBS station and it will almost as good.
Leslie, Endor, Nathan and Chloe, thank you so much for your graciousness and I really do believe that you are the four most talented "Voices" on the planet. If Yanni needs a blogger to follow you around and tell everyone how great you are, you know where to find me.
Below are a few pictures from my evening. I hope I'm not breaking any rules by posting a couple of these. Before the show they announced no flash photography so I was snapping away without my flash and a few minutes in, the
picture hounds security folks came around telling everyone to put their cameras away because no photography was allowed. I didn't get great ones anyway because apparently I cannot operate a camera above a third grade level.
PS. Before I show you these, I have to explain that I normally wouldn't post a photo of myself in which I'm grinning like a mule eating briars or where I look like I have seventeen chins (I promise I don't but I can't get that pose from Arianne down) but I had to post the picture of me with Endor because his beauty is enough to make up for my chins and apparent abundance of teeth. Thank you and good night.
PPS. Thank you so stinkin' much to One2One Network. I'm also your biggest fan.
Seriously, stop looking at my chins and enjoy the view of Endor.