So last night I went to go see Rocco DeLuca play an acoustic set at Park Ave CDs.
I've known for a while that he was playing the Social last night. And I had every intention of going...he sings "Colorful" which is one of my most favorite songs of all time. The lyrics resonate with me so much because I feel like he's describing me...and I want so badly for someone to think those things about me as well:
But then I realized that he's promoting his new album...which I took a listen to and didn't dig nearly as much as his old stuff. So I decided to save my money and forgo this one. BUT THEN! I got an e-mail from Park Ave on Tuesday morning saying that he was doing a surprise acoustic set. So why not? See him for free, up close and personal.
So I went and it was AWESOME. And he was fantastic and brilliant and it was a really great set.
I really really really really really wanted him to play Colorful, but it wasn't looking like it was going to happen. I wanted to shout it out so badly, but I got nervous. And I figured he probably wouldn't have been able to because he's a busy guy and probably had to run to the gig downtown. My friend was willing to shout it out for me...but I told him no. I didn't want to cause any problems or anything.
So I bought the CD and got him to sign it. He was really nice, so I told him all about Colorful and how it's one of my top 10 favorite songs ever....
ROCCO: Oh you should have told me! I would have played it tonight!
SHELBY: Seriously?? Oh man!......I mean is it over? Can you still get back up there?
ROCCO: Yea I'm finished here....
.....but I'll tell you what.
If you come to The Social tonight, I'll play it just for you.
SHELBY: Nahh......it was probably already on the set list
ROCCO: Actually it's not. But if you come and you shout it out, I'll play it.
SHELBY: Wow! Well I might stop in then!
ROCCO: Yea you should!
So me and my friend were thinking about going...because that is SO COOL. But ultimately...why spend the money on a full concert when you're just going for one act that you'd already seen that night? You know? So we decided to catch him next time. I didn't really care last night.
But now I'm sitting here thinking about HOW COOL that is. Like...to have a song that you listen to all the time. That you breathe and cry to and love. And to tell the person who wrote it how much it means to you. And to have them not only know what it means to you....but to offer TO PLAY IT JUST FOR YOU.
Like when I realized the magnitude of that (12 hours later mind you) I just started crying. That is so. amazing. And I will never forget Rocco DeLuca and the kindness that he showed me last night. I'm glad I bought the new CD for him to sign. I may not like it quite as much as the old stuff...but I'm really glad I got to support him. Because his support for me was absolutely wonderful :-)
And that's my super amazing awesome story of the week. Not a whole lot of those lately...but Parachute's coming in 13 days, so I'm sure I'll have more to talk about soon!