Facebook gave me a lovely memory from 10 years ago of our son, Ryan, singing in our old home. Ryan starting playing the piano at 3 and we had no idea music would become his life. I made this video one afternoon when, as usual, Ryan was filling the house with beautiful music.
Ryan is now a father of 3 and married to his wonderful wife, Kaelynn. He is the Music Director at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church and performs all the masses along with about 3 Weddings and 3 funerals a week.
I miss the days when our home was filled with his singing. We have some hilarious memories of wherever we went Ryan would find a piano and start singing. He will probably kill me for this post. 🙂
My favorite crazy memory of Ryan singing was the time we were walking through Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and we stumbled upon the Elton John store. In the center of it was the most glorious giant red grand piano. Ryan, of course, immediately gravitates to it and was just staring at the keys for what seemed like a long time. I think he was a sophomore in High School at the time. The sales person walked up to him and asked him if he played. She told him that ordinarily you were not allowed to touch the piano but she told him the piped in music of Elton John had just broke and there was no music in the store so she asked him to play something. I couldn’t believe it. When he sat down at Elton John’s giant red piano I almost fainted.
Ryan had no sheet music but thank goodness he had one Elton song memorized. What was most funny was that for the next half an hour he played and sang every pop song he had memorized which included a lot of Billy Joel. I thought for sure we would get thrown out for singing Billy in the Elton store.
I remember leaning against the wall and was just in awe of the big crowd that surrounded Ryan as he played on that piano and sang. It was AMAZING. Later when the music turned back on and we left I knew that would be a memory I would never forget. There are so many Ryan and his impromptu singing memories.
If you are ever in Huntington Beach you’ll have to go th mass and hear him sing. He is quite a special gift.