Harry On My Mind

18 Mar

concert ticketsOn Saturday night, A and I were privileged to watch Harry Connick, Jr. live at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary Hall for a one-night concert in Manila. It was fun to be out with A on a date night; this comes so rarely in our hectic lives. We were able to arrange to leave the boys with my parents that night, and we brought enough food, toys, and videos to keep them busy until we could pick them up again. Anticipating separation anxiety issues with Alphonse, we had planned to leave early to give him time to settle in his grandma’s place before heading out. (The week before, when we left him to go to his brother’s play, he cried inconsolably for almost an hour.) Surprisingly, when we said goodbye to him last Saturday, he waved almost immediately -his way of saying goodbye- and blew us a kiss. We hurriedly left before he could change his mind. 🙂

Saying goodbye turned out to be the easy part. The ride to Manila was a nightmare! Traffic was bad (again!) and the two-hour allowance we gave ourselves to have dinner before the concert was quickly whittled to 45 minutes. All parking spots near decent restaurants were taken, so A and I settled for a quick bite of Chinese fast food. We agreed that it’d have to do until after the concert.

The PICC was full that night, save for some latecomers who arrived nearly an hour into the show. The minute the lights went down, Mr. Connick took his place on the baby grand piano and dazzled us with his piano playing. Accompanied by a 12-piece band, Mr. Connick was brilliant on stage as musician, singer, and performer.

Opening

Welcome

He had the audience in stitches with his funny spiels on the Philippines’ odd assortment of native delicacies. Halo-halo (literally translated as “mix-mix,” a mixed blend of shaved ice, milk, fruit,  and sweet preserves) is “nasty,” according to Mr. Connick who, having been raised on gumbo of his childhood, is unused to corn and beans as dessert elements. Doing a live “Fear Factor” performance onstage, he bravely ate a balut (fertilized duck egg) but quickly downed a can of Coke to wash away the aftertaste of the dead duck embryo. (Eeewww when I put it that way! No arguments here; I don’t eat balut myself.) Then the concert turned interactive, when he started throwing away extra balut eggs to audience members who waved for one. A couple of pitches were too strong, and the eggs shattered on top of  people who were dressed-to-the-nines. 

With the balut

But the fun wasn’t over yet. As Mr. Connick sang the first few bars of his next song, he let out a strong, satisfying belch, and we all let out loud guffaws. He grinned sheepishly, aware that this event would be remembered as a first in performing history.  🙂Shimmy on

Moving his booty

Mr. Connick shimmied, crooned, and warbled his way into our hearts. As he leaves Manila for the next leg of his tour, he carries with him our deepest appreciation and respect. Manila is not likely to forget him any time soon.

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6 Responses to “Harry On My Mind”

  1. FanSpace Heather March 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Great blog! May I use some of it as a ‘fan-review’ on the Harry Connick, Jr. FanSpace on MySpace? Please let me know if I have your permission; other fans LOVE to hear how Harry & ‘the guys’ are doing while overseas.

    Hugs,

    ~FanSpace Heather~
    http://www.myspace.com/harryconnickjrfanspace
    The Harry Connick, Jr. FanSpace

    P.S. I love someone with Autism, too!

    With my compliments! I’ve loved Harry’s music for the longest time, and seeing him in person, after all these years, reaffirmed why he is one of our generation’s jazz greats. He has a great singing voice, is a great musician, and hands down, one of the finest performers I’ve ever seen. Enjoy the pics! ~♥Kittymama

  2. mari March 18, 2008 at 4:58 pm #

    love the way he grooves his booty in the last pic :).

    i only eat the yolk in balut. that’s it. hehehe

    I just wish I could have taken the pictures with a flash! Some of them were too dark or he was too washed out by the lights. Still, I’m just happy that I got a clear picture of his cute toosh! ~♥Kittymama

  3. Casdok March 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    Sounds wonderful!!

    It was! A and I had a lot of fun (we’re both avid fans), plus, the boys didn’t even seem to mind that we got home really late! Ah, what could be better than that? ~♥Kittymama

  4. FanSpace Heather March 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    THANK YOU! I invite you to stop by and enjoy the FanSpace anytime ~ you don’t have to have a MySpace account. 🙂

    Please feel free to e-mail me ~ I would love to talk with you about our wonderful sons…

    Hugs,

    ~FS~

    Great site, Heather! I was overwhelmed by all things Harry! Now, he’ll definitely be on my mind longer! 🙂

  5. FXSmom March 19, 2008 at 4:44 am #

    He shimmies nicely 🙂

    Yes, he does. Cute!

  6. megamomph March 19, 2008 at 5:30 am #

    Wow, what a cool date you had with A! That would be the day if I ever get to drag MegaPop into a jazz concert. Led Zep, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and the likes are more his groove.
    I’ve always been a great Harry fan. He’s such a showman – the complete entertainer. I bet he loves ‘balut’ and even practiced his spiel in the hotel room before trying it out in front of a live audience. (I love balut, e!)

    A and I have more or less the same musical tastes (I think we share most interests except sports -for him- and hello kitty-for me), and Harry tops our list of favorites. 🙂 As for Harry’s balut experience, today’s Inquirer carries a closer shot of Harry’s face when he swallowed his balut, so you can judge his expression there. I think he was grimacing, hehe. ~♥Kittymama

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