First of all, I'm sorry I didn't take any pictures of Dia, Jade, and I on this past trip. There were so many moments that I wish I had documented, for example the look on Dia's face when she saw herself on t.v. back in the hotel room after the show, and also the look on Nikia's face after he tasted the peanut butter fudge Crumb's cupcake Dia shared with him. I'm planning on taking my camera next Monday when Jade and I fly back to L.A. to watch The Voice announce the contestants who will be staying, and I must say, I am not at all concerned.
After arriving at the airport, The Voice production assistants transported myself as well as Raquel's family to the hotel.
Then I got lost in the gigantic hotel.
And then I found Jade.
Jade! I haven't seen her since she ran off to college in Arkansas on a tennis scholarship. We continued our happy reunion through the halls of the hotel, down the elevator, and out into the chilly streets of Los Angeles. We wandered all over, only to discover most restaurants were closed. Dia called, and we all decided to feast in the hotel lobby. It was so great to see her. You'd think she would be decked out now that she is becoming "famous". I half expected her to have glitter on her eyes, perfectly manicured nails, and those sky-high heels that are so trendy in California right now, but she didn't. Just like her usual self, she wore a pair of scruffy navy blue sweats, a worn-in Tom Petty baseball Tee, and not even a tad of makeup. She looked great though I must say! Not stressed and anxious like she was last time we flew out. Perhaps, she is finally gaining some confidence.
I woke up at the crack of dawn to hail a cab down to the Fashion district to find some chain for my jewelry. I had completely run out before I left. Because I thought I might miss Dia's performance by some freak construction on the freeway, or maybe because The Voice decided to change times or something, (They do this often) , I was stressed out the whole time. Seven conversations with the cab driver about apple cider vinegar and dark forces later (you know what I'm talking about if you read my tweets), I finally stepped out into the Fashion District.
I promptly paid $.25 to pee, and began my hurried search. I finished in about 20 minutes, decided I've got to find some online suppliers because these business were TERRIBLE with their customers!
A quick ride back to the hotel, (Thank god there wasn't any traffic), and then the waiting game begins. First there was waiting in the lobby, then there was waiting in the van, then their was waiting in the audience, but...
It was all SO worth it.
Jade and I impatiently and nervously watched as contestant after contestant strutted their stuff. I have to tell you, I have never been so entertained by a show! And I've been to A LOT of shows, touring and what not. These vocalists were all SO FANTASTIC!
Finally, Jade and I exchanged excited glances as we noticed the production team pushing a beautiful grand piano onto the stage, and a whimsical mist began pouring out from behind the curtains. Dia mentioned something about a piano, and the next contender was a member from Blake's team.
And then I think my heart skipped a beat as I watched Dia, in her calm and royal way, walk out and take a seat at the piano. She had rehearsed in front of Jade and I in our hotel room the night before her t.v. performance, but it was nothing, NOTHING like the real thing.
I couldn't take my eyes away from the giant t.v. screens, she was just beautiful, and captivating, and ...inspiring. It was her "moment." I kept thinking to myself, after all these years of touring and recording and working so hard with Meg and Dia, finally she comes into the spotlight and everyone ELSE gets to see, what myself and the band have known was there all along.
I want to thank the MAD boardies for coming out and supporting. It was so great to see you there. I'm going to be working with Dia and the incredible back up band on the number she will do next, because let's face it, she is going to move on!