“She knew that Tony had said something about it,” says Douglas. “I don’t think she was dwelling on it. And, ‘dysphonia’ is an umbrella term for a lot of ailments for your throat. It’s also a stress thing. If you are worrying about having it, you are creating your own stress. But she is hip to that. I have never seen her as loose and as animated and as uninhibited onstage as I did that day. She was dancing. She was throwing her arms around everywhere. She was moving all over the stage and it was amazing. It was hard for me to play. I was watching her. I had never seen her do that before. I’ve seen her do that on the bus, but I’ve never seen her do it in front of people on a stage.”
See! This is why it was such a big deal you guys! Jerry hadn’t ever seen her like that onstage and he has known her for over 20 years. When I try to explain the miraculous-ness of the HSB concert to people who don’t understand, I have to legit go back through twenty+ years of video concert footage to show them that she did not move but now she does. And it is only after viewing nearly three decades of fiddle-clutching that they go, “Wow - what changed?” and I go, “I DON’T KNOW IF SHE ATE A PLATTER OF SOME FOLK SINGER’S POT BROWNIES OR WHAT BUT WHATEVER IT IS IT’S GREAT.”
So basically it’s just nice to know that even Jerry wasn’t expecting that, and like us, he was struck and didn’t know what to do with his hands.
I AM HAVING SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS OKAY
MY ALISON/JERRY HEART. IT’S LIKE HE’S A PROUD PAPA BIRDY TRYING TO GET HER TO LEAVE THE NEST AND NOW SHE’S LEARNING TO FLAP HER WINGS AND HE’S JUST STUNNED AND SO PROUD OF HER
AND I REALIZE THAT WAS A REALLY FUCKING CORNY METAPHOR BUT I LOVE WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT BEING SO AMAZED BY HER AND WHAT SHE CAN DO. He gets so fucking proud of her and I can’t even deal with it.
Also Jerry is us we are Jerry. I WILL NEVER FORGET WATCHING THE LIVE BROADCAST OF HSB AND HAVING MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER. THIS WAS PROBABLY THE BEST THING OF MY ENTIRE LIFE AND IT WAS EVEN BETTER THAN MEETING HER OKAY.
fyi it’s 42 degrees outside right now
i realize that is not relatively cold
but for those of you who think southern california doesn’t get colder than 60 degrees even in the winter
yeah it does
THAT FIRST ONE
SHE’S TOTALLY IN HER PAJAMAS AND DAN IS THERE LIKE I IMAGINE SHE ENDED UP GETTING OFF THE BUS AND DAN GOES BECAUSE HE HAS TO PROTECT ALISON OBVS
BUT HER HAIR’S UP AND SHE’S IN A T-SHIRT AND HER FAAAAAAACE
Let me share with you how terrible my grandpa’s sense of common sense/logic has become:
He had to get something signed by my grandma, so they agreed to meet halfway about 45 minutes away from here. He INTENTIONALLY left without his cell phone or a way to have my grandparents contact him. He couldn’t find the place, couldn’t find them, so he ended up coming home.
Like… he intentionally left his cell phone at home and left without knowing where he was going and left my grandparents no way to get a hold of him.
I don’t even.