During our Question Mark WOW (Word of the Week) last week I asked the universe for happy surprises – and boy did I get one when I least expected it (which is the true definition of a surprise, isn’t it?)
The un-happy surprise was the stuffy nose that led me to the doctor, that led me to the CVS to pick up antibiotics – the ONLY reason I would have left the house this past week.
Since I was out, I remembered dry cleaning needed to be picked up, so on my way home, I headed to my favorite local dry cleaner. Bob in Gulf Gate has inspirational signs all over the place and is so kind he makes me feel like I’m doing something far more interesting than errands.
As I headed back to the car, I looked across the street and saw this sign: “These Quiet Sounds”…
I felt like @#$%^ but couldn’t resist. (Sometimes that little tug on the inside needs to be followed!)
Inside, such great clothes! And a handsome young man, who turns out to be a designer of some of the very cool prints and T-shirts carried in the store:
Fabian Manzano was just so nice, creative, warm…and now here comes the surprise:
HE’S A YOU TUBE SENSATION.
His band, Boyce Avenue, has over 8-MILLION (yes, million) You Tube subscribers and they play sold out concerts around the WORLD.
What rock have I been hiding under?
They started out (it’s three brothers), recording covers of popular songs, which went viral – and that opened the door for their original music to be heard.
And the music is SOOOOOOOOOOO good. I hope to do a full fledged interview with Fabian in the near future, but in the meantime, I encourage all of my Sarasota friends to visit his very cool store in Gulf Gate. (And next visit I hope to meet his wife, who is pregnant with their first child! Doesn’t it give you all the feels? It did me.)
And my happy surprise would NEVER have happened if not for my un-happy one. Go figure!
Here are my final thoughts (stuffy nose and all) on last week’s WOW as well as the new one!
So in the spirit of HARMONY, I leave you with one of my favorite original songs by Boyce Avenue (Fabian in playing guitar in the background). You will love it – it’s well worth the click (and will give you goosies):
Have a beautiful, harmonious week, everyone!