A concert that started a half hour before bedtime may have been doomed from the start, but when I heard that Joshua Radin was coming to Edmonton I knew that I had to bring Olivia. I had been singing my favorite songs to her, straight from one of my favorite albums, from the moment she was born, and still do.
Arriving at 6:30 to the show, she quickly started to get a bit drowsy listening to the singer songwriters that came on before Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers and Andrew Belle. Before Joshua Radin came on stage, she was beside me, asleep in the church pew of the intimate venue of the McDougall Church. She asked me to rub her hand, rub her hair, and she fell asleep beside me.
She napped while I listened, half waking up during the clapping, after each song, until she was finally sound enough to sleep through it.
Just in time for Joshua Radin to come on stage.
I gently woke her, and she immediately knew his voice, as she had been listening to the albums with me since she was the tiniest person that I’ve ever held. I was enamored, his performance was fantastic, and sounded incredible. Especially the stepping away from the microphone to sing part of his second song.
Dozing off again in the third song, and barely awake, I awoke her, took a short video for her and we held hands walking out of the concert, her exhausted, and me happy hearing only three songs – because she got to hear at least one and that was perfect.