It was pouring rain when we first got there, but it is super fancy, and we got to ride from our car to the event in a golf cart.
I did an awful job of taking pictures. I don't have any of the decor or the food. Sarah is a magician with planning an event, and it was perfection. Everything was gorgeous, detailed, and special.
His voice is perfection- it was just him and two other musicians on the stage. Sarah told us a few months ago that Edwin McCain was going to be the entertainment, and I sort of flipped out. I feel like 1999 was about 5 months ago, so he still seems extremely relevant to me. I had his CD's and loved, loved his music- especially the songs that weren't the popular ones. We (twin speak) have never been huge music fans. We love Garth, of course, and a handful of others. Edwin McCain has always been in that handful for me. His song, "What Matters," is probably my favorite song of all time. It truly encouraged me to fulfill my passion of becoming a teacher. I listened to it constantly during graduate school and always played it to my students on the first day of school. (My other favorite is "Just Do Your Thing"- go listen to them if you haven't heard them). And, apparently he is really funny and down to earth.
During a break, one of my friends came back and said she got a picture with him. I said, "I'll be right back..." and ran off to meet him. I was completely normal and calm and acted very much like a grown up.
Except...not at all.
I went to get coffee because it was right beside him, and I wanted to act completely nonchalant, like, "Oh, hi Edwin- I didn't even know you were here- I was just grabbing some coffee." INSTEAD, I got the coffee and then walked over to him and literally blurted out something like, "I was totally just pretending to get coffee so I could come meet you."
Somehow, we ended up having a semi normal conversation, and I told him that "What Matters" was one of the reasons I became a teacher. He seemed genuinely touched and said he hadn't played that one in years.
And, THEN HE PLAYED IT!!!!!!!! FOR ME!!!!!!! He even said a few sentences about, "Teaching middle school. Wow." It was very, very cool to hear him sing this song that has so much meaning in my life. I will always treasure this memory.
Garieann, Sarah, EDWIN, me, Alyson. I was originally not beside him, but Alyson frantically gestured me over to come stand next to him. Love my friends.
Also, thank you to SIL-Extraordinaire, Amanda, for mailing me a bunch of dresses to wear.
With our Gilleye.
It was a very fun night!
And, in a huge bonus- my mom came in town for the day and watched my kids!!