Tuesday, April 10, 2012

jackson at the opera

my family has a sweet, little westie named jackson, who loves to lay beside
our grand piano whenever any of us are singing.   he sleeps peacefully even
when i am vocalizing.  every now and then, he will raise an eyebrow as if to
say, "a little out of your range, don't you think?"

jackson, not under piano  :)


a few years ago, we were asked to host a famous tenor in our living room
for a concert.  i was a bit nervous about the preparations (removing all the
furniture, tuning the piano, valet parkers, etc.)  mostly i was anxious that
hans was going to be out of town.

at least i had jackson for support.   the house sparkled, the candles flickered,
and the flowers smelled lovely.   every seat was filled with expectant opera
lovers.   as the accompanist began the intro, i spied jackson curled up beneath
the piano.   in horror, i trotted up in front of all 100 guests and swooped him
up and out.

the next morning there was a blurb in the paper about the most important
guest not being in attendance.   we thought they meant hans . . . but no, they
wrote, "jackson didn't get to attend the concert."

love,
lea

"make a joyful noise unto the Lord."  psalm 100


60 comments:

Susan B said...

What a cute story!!

I hope you enjoyed a lovely Easter! :)

Celia M. said...

Happy Easter my friend!!! What a lovely and sweet story! no doubt Jackson will be permitted at the next Opera ... hugs xo HHL

Single and Sane said...

That's hysterical! Our 4-legged family members are pretty important, aren't they?

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I love reading this because your household is like my daughter-in-law's home...her mom has her own music studio, they are all singers and involved in all the music arenas here in the Metro plex...and she too allows the dog to sleep under her grand.

This sounds like their memories also

How fun!

Lisa said...

How sweet is that? I think you should have let Jackson stay! LOL! Westies are the cutest dogs. Years ago we had a westie named Murphy who was adorable. When we lost him my children were heartbroken...me too.

Debbie said...

I REALLY enjoyed this story...How neat to have that concert at your house in the first place, and I bet if there is a next timen your dog would get to stay put, haha.

Vee said...

Oh how cute. I'm sure that no one would have minded if Jackson had stayed. Everyone enjoys an admirer as true as he is.

Patrice said...

We have a daughter that studies classical voice and opera. Our German Shepherd joins her whenever she does her warm up exercises. It's quite funny, but the dog has really started to feel comfortable and her volume is quite loud. Now our younger dog is joining in with her high voice. They might have a quartet if they can get another voice.:)

Farm Girl said...

Oh well, I think that is cute. They are the greatest dogs. My sister's loved to watch TV
I have always loved Westies.

Silver Strands said...

What a fun little story Lea! You always make me smile.

Jenny said...

What a sweet little story. I felt very much like I was there waiting for the event.

Tamara said...

What a grand memory! Alas... poor Jackson not being in attendance!

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

A dog that loves music..... love it! Such a cute story! I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!

Cindy said...

I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing it to bring a smile to my day.

Nezzy said...

Poor Jackson...I bet he would of enjoyed the concert immensely!!!

God bless ya'll and have a most beautiful day!!! :o)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute story!!!!! I grew up in a musical family.. We would gather around the piano and sing and sing... SO much fun!!!!!

So Jackson loves music.. That is awesome. My Cocker Spaniel (Duchess) used to sing along when anyone else would sing.... ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Jenners said...

Such a sweet story!! He should have been allowed to stay! : )

Southern Lady said...

So sweet! We took Carson's little shih tzu to one of her shows. She was performing on a flat bed truck. Her daddy stood at the backside of the truck hold Chord's leash while she sang. We all started laughing when he decided to join her on an old eighties cover song she was singing. Isn't it funny how our animals learn to like what we like? -Carla

His Song to Sing said...

Such a cute story, Lea! At least your pup has good taste in music!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Adorable!

peace~elaine

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