Would you love to create a lifetime memory? Do you want to do something that is priceless for someone you love? You can achieve your goals by doing something very special with someone you are intimate with.
In 1997, my mother, brother and I went to see Luther Van Dross and Vanessa Williams at Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Luther and Vanessa occasionally took a few moments to speak to the audience. Their performances were great.
In 2000, my mother and I went to see Luther and Boys II Men at the same place. They occasionally spoke to the audience. Boys II Men acknowledged the 2000 Super Bowl championship of the St. Louis Rams. Luther and Boys II Men did a great job. This concert was especially significant for my mother because she loves Boys II Men in addition to sharing my love for Luther. Luther introduced the audience to the members of his band at both concerts.
Luther recently passed away. You do not know how many chances you have to take someone you love to see a great musician.
On October 26, 2007, I gave my mother a spectacular gift for her sixtieth birthday by taking her to see Anita Baker at the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri. This theater has a beautiful interior. My mother says it is more beautiful than some of the theaters she has visited in Europe. She also said she would like to be a volunteer at this theater when she retires.
This concert was the best I have ever attended. The band played the music to "Mystery" before Anita walked onto the stage. The pink color of the stage matched the romantic feeling "Mystery" captures. "Mystery" was the first song Anita sang that night. Way to go!
Anita wore a black dress and gave a magnificent performance.
My mother smiled and occasionally swayed from side to side in her seat. I was pumped up. I waved my arms with others. I stood up to applaud at the end of a song most of the time. At one point, I stood up and danced; subsequently, my mother said, "You're preventing others from seeing the ending."
Baker bowed a lot and praised St. Louis. She thanked us for giving her more than twenty years of support. Some of us yelled, "We love you." A few men in the front row walked up to the stage and gave Baker roses. A man danced after giving a rose.
We learned Baker's personality. She is appreciative and sociable. She proved she is accommodating by taking requests from the audience and her band. She showed she has a good sense of humor by laughing a lot.
Anita touched me deeply when she sang "Same Ole Love". I think "Same Ole Love" is the second best song Anita has done. This inclusion made me remember the times my mother danced in the living room while listening to Baker's music.
Please do not forget about Baker's band. One reason why Baker is successful is she has a great pianist, drummer and saxophonist. Baker mentioned the names of the band members.
I learned just how touched my mother was with this birthday gift the next morning. While we were in the dining room, she said, "Last night was fabulous." She looked like she was going to cry. I definitely touched her heart.