“He is NOT Josh Groban!”

Hello friends!  It’s time for another installment of No Filter Friday.  This is the time that I love to share things that the girls have said or done that have left us red-faced, laughing, and sometimes speechless.  One of my favorite parts of Skylar’s autism has been the total lack of “filter” that she possess. In many ways it is refreshing how brutally honest she is, but it can be embarrassing.  If you are new to my blog or missed previous posts, you can click here for a complete list of No Filter Friday stories.

Today’s story is a total blast from the past.  Last week I was flipping through an album when I came across this picture from when we took the girls to see Josh Groban in concert in March of 2005.

Many of you know that Skylar LOVES Josh Groban, but let me tell you how that came to be. Not long after Skylar was diagnosed, I saw a PBS concert special with Josh.  It was wonderful and the next time I was in Target I decided to pick up his CD (it was well over $20).  I remember thinking “that’s really expensive for a CD” but went ahead and bought it.  When I got home, I was thrilled to find out that it not only included the CD, but also the DVD of the concert I had just seen.

A few weeks later, the four of us made a trip to northern Virginia to visit my parents. We were stationed in Dayton, OH at the time.  About 2 days into our visit, Skylar had a complete melt-down.  She was crying and kept repeating “Want my room!”  I could not console her at all! She usually did pretty well at my parents’ house, but she was really struggling during this trip.  I remember saying “Skylar, come sit by mommy and let’s listen to this nice man sing.”  Chris quickly popped the DVD in and as the music started she sat down next to me on the couch.  She immediately started to calm down.  I was amazed that she sat and listened to song after song. After about the 4th or 5th song she said “I like him!”  And the rest, as they say, is history!

She watched that concert EVERY night before she went to bed for almost 2 years. She sang along and she mimicked Josh as he introduced guest musicians, directors, and his producer.  When anyone came to the house, she insisted they see the concert too.

So almost 2 years later when I heard that Josh would be in Louisville, KY (about 3 hours from Dayton) I knew that we HAD to take her.  I called my parents and told them about the concert.  I remember my dad saying “We are going to that concert! I will NOT miss being able to see Skylar see Josh in concert for the first time.”  I love that they drove the 8 hours from Virginia the day before and then the 3 hours with us to Louisville for the concert.

We arrived at the concert, took our seats, and anxiously waited for the concert to start.  As the lights dimmed and the music started, a guy named Chris Botti walked out on stage with his trumpet.  I had not even thought of the fact that someone would be opening for Josh as it had been years since we had been to a concert. Before I could even turn to Skylar she blurted out “He is NOT Josh Groban!”  A couple of the people sitting around us kind of giggled and I quickly explained that this man’s name was Chris and he would be playing a couple of songs before Josh would come on stage. Skylar nodded her head and sat quietly and listened.  When he finished his second song, she clapped excitedly and smiled.  Chris Botti then started talking about the next song he would be playing. The smile immediately left Skylar’s face and she screamed:

OH NO! NOT AGAIN!

I. Was. Mortified!  I couldn’t move. My face was on fire and I totally wanted to crawl under my chair.  The people all around us immediately started laughing!  It also helped that the gentleman next to us said “Honey, I’m ready for Josh too!”

I believe that this was the beginning of Skylar’s brutal honesty!  She has not stopped since!

Josh did eventually come on stage and she didn’t stop smiling the entire concert.  As each of his songs started to play she would smile, clap, squeal with excitement, and say “I LOVE this song!”  It was one of the most wonderful experiences.  As we were driving home we asked Skylar how she liked the concert and if she would ever want to see him in concert again.  I can still hear her words in my mind today:

“I loved it!  Maybe next time, I’ll get up on stage and sing with him!”

I have no doubt that Skylar will totally find a way to do just that!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Make it a great one!

JuJu

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14 thoughts on ““He is NOT Josh Groban!”

    • Thanks Becky! It just totally slipped our minds. We’ve taken her to a couple concerts since & have NEVER forgotten to prepare her for the opening act again. Learned our lesson the first time!

  1. What a wonderful experience! I love JOSH GROBAN too but haven’t seen in him concert yet. (It’s on “my list” tho) I think it’s cool that his music has a way of soothing her – I know it does me! Thanks for sharing this charming story! BTW I think Josh would LOVE to have Skylar come up on stage with him … he’s just that kinda guy!!!

    • Thanks Karen! He does seem like a really nice guy! That’s probably another reason why she likes him. She is a tremendous judge of character! Thanks for reading!

  2. Really enjoy reading this. Huge Josh Groban fan too. And that dvd is my favorite too 🙂
    She will get on that stage with hime one day 😀

    Have a nice weekend!

    • Thank you! We need to get another copy of that dvd as ours was played so much that it eventually got so scratched & broke. It had easily been watched over 1,000 times. Thanks so much for reading!

  3. Okay…now you have me blubbering like crazy…no filters here either! Fantastic story of a lifetime and so happy that your family was there for you and your daughter. I can’t wait to share this story with my niece who teaches kids with autism in a special school in Burbank…she is an angel for sure! This year she is teaching 5th graders and she is so tired when she gets off work. Have a wonderful weekend, fondly, Roberta

    • Thank you so much Roberta! Even almost 7 years later I can still remember her joy from that night. It truly was magical. Thanks so much for reading! Blessings to you & to your niece. Huge thanks to her from us for working with kiddos with autism. They are such a joy!

  4. Oh what a beautiful story. I’m sure if Josh knew of her love for him and how his songs calm her, he would most likely take her up on stage to sing with him. I think he can really communicate with kids. God bless your little girl.

    • Thank you so much Nancy! It would be so amazing for her to meet Josh. I can’t even begin to imagine her reaction. What a treat that would be. Thanks so much for stopping by & reading!

      Blessings to you!

  5. I loved the first time Corina played his CD in our class. Skylar absolutely LOVED it. She was calm and was singing like an angel. Literally, her voice was angelic. I miss those moments.

    • Thank you for reminding me of that Joyell. His music just soothes her like none other. I love to hear her sing. Even today she was coming down the hill with her educational assistant and was singing songs from the movie Enchanted to him. He told me “She’s been serenading me for the last half hour. She has such a beautiful voice.” Next time we are in town you just need to tell her to sing for you. She will! Love you friend!

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