What We Do At Concerts

Yesterday, Varun and I went with some friends to a Church Christmas concert which included a choir, kids, handbells and a Christmas sing-along. I laughed when I saw the hand-bells because they were featured on last week’s episode of The New Girl. *Spoiler alert*: some people don’t think they’re a cool instrument(s?). But I have to say, Christmas carols sound fantastic on hand-bells.(Also, please don’t judge me for watching the New Girl)

As I mentioned in a post about Josh Groban and Varun, not everyone in this household is excited about concerts…so as the choir sang a multi-part harmony Varun leaned over and asked, “Now, would you say that they’re “good“?” I choked back a snorting laugh. “Yes, honey. They’re all singing in harmony. Together”.

We then spent an embarassingly long part of the evening doing our favorite people-watching activity: looking for look-alikes. I think that almost everyone I’ve ever met looks like someone else I know. Varun says I have low standards. He, on the other hand, sees a look-alike about three times a year. And when he sees them, he is BANG ON. So last night, I was quite surprised that he pointed out not one, but two. *Note. All conversations were whispered. Luckily, we were sitting next to a 2 year old who didn’t mind our whispers and contributed some herself*

Varun: Look, Tom Hanks.

Me: What? Where…(scanning the choir) I don’t see him.

Varun: (Intentional Silence)

Me: OMG! I see him. Okay. Yeah, I see why you didn’t feel the need to point him out. When you see him, you know.

Later, Varun drew my attention to an older gentleman who looked incredibly similar to a friend of my parents. We sat mesmerized by Tom Hank’s and Fr. Andrew’s doppelgangers. In one room.

We had fun caroling and chatting with new and old friends afterward. We loved worshiping together and belting out Christmas hymns. And hey, even if the artistry of the concert didn’t transfix Varun’s attention, we were both pretty captivated by the audience.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 20:38:14

    ok I love this post! how can he not recognize harmony especially since it was acapella!!
    and it’s driving me nuts re guy who looks like Tom Hanks…what was he wearing!!??!

    ps I like you:)


    • Amelia Rana
      Dec 05, 2011 @ 20:49:03

      Haha, glad you liked it! He was one of the guys on the stage…on the far left, tall…looks like Tom Hanks :-P

      I like you too! Thanks again for inviting us!


  2. Karen
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:07:55

    was he well dressed?..if it’s who I think it is ..I say nooo..the tall guy has more sharp features..Tom Hanks has more of a cute boy face


  3. Miranda
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 21:49:00

    Well, no wonder he doesn’t quite *get* it; Indians have a different notation system, so harmonies may be lost on someone who isn’t used to an 8-note octave.

    Oh! And New Girl… no judgement here. That show cracks me up. I was singing the theme song the other day, and when I got to “Who’s the girl?” my daughter said, “It’s Evie!”


    • Amelia
      Dec 10, 2011 @ 17:33:56

      A different notation system?! My goodness, you are VERY generous. Let’s remember, this man understands our notation system well enough to fix the bridges that you drive over, HAHA! :-P

      Regarding New Girl–I’ve actually decided to quit it. It’s sad, but I think it’s for the better. Love that Evie jumped in!


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