About two years ago I was her home inspector, which is how I got to meet her. She was having trouble finding decent contractors to do jobs around her home. Every one was trying to grossly over charge her. Her manager had called me to ask me my opinion about a quote for some work that was way out of line, so I told him I'd come over and do it for her.
Since then, I've done the odd job here and there. Petty stuff that all homes need done from time to time.
I was over there last Monday because she was having problems with one of her garage doors and she asked me to take a look at it. After I was done we were just chatting about this and that.
She asked me how my ukulele playing was going. (When I did the home inspection for her I was taking lessons for my up coming wedding. As a gift to my husband I wanted to play him the song "A Thousand Years" by Christine Perry and I was extremely nervous about it. I've never played a musical instrument or sang anything before in my life. So I knew that that would be something special and he would know how out of character that was for me and show the depths that I would go for him. So I asked her how she can go up and stage in front of millions of people and be so calm about it? She did offer me some advise which did help)
I told her it was going pretty good, I knew a couple of songs and I asked her if she wanted to hear them. She said she would love to, so I warned her that I wasn't very good and my voice was a cross between a toad being run over by a tractor and finger nails on a chalk board but she was still excited about it. She is such a warm, caring and considerate person it just blows me away. I played her Rihannas song "Stay" which made her laugh, because that was the last song she would of thought would sound good on a ukulele.
I then asked her if she would mind singing a song with me while I played. She said that would be great (WTF...right?) I asked her if she know the song "Something" by the Beatles, she said she did but not very well, but if I could give her a few days she would learn the lyrics. I couldn't believe it and didn't think anyone else would either so I asked if she would mind if I recorded it. Which she replied ''Not at all''.
So, on Friday my husband and I went to her house and we rehearsed for roughly 20 mins. just so she can hear my version of the song and how played it. Originally she wanted me to sing it with her but there was no way I was gonna ruin this opportunity with my singing. So she suggested that I sing the bridge (Of coarse I had to ask her what that was...lol. I was pretty embarrassed about that) and she would sing the first two and the last verse.
That is what you see. We only did the song all the way through twice. So it all took about a half hour to do. Let me tell you that not only is she beautiful and talented but brilliant as well. Her voice is amazing! It doesn't sound bad on the tape but in person it gave me goose bumps. At one point on the tape I started laughing while I was playing cuz I just couldn't believe what was happening.
Truly a moment I will never forget!
I am so extremely grateful to have had that experience and I could not have thanked Jennifer enough for being so gracious.