Marriage Proposal at Top of the Hub in Boston!

So, this past weekend I was hired to play solo violin (Pachelbel’s Canon – also known as Canon in D) for a marriage proposal.

My client had contacted me back in January to play this piece for the proposal, which was supposed to take place on Valentine’s Day.  However, a couple of weeks beforehand, he emailed me and told me that he would not need my services anymore.  My heart dropped for him – as I assumed the relationship had fallen apart.  Then, one day, a few months later he got back in touch and asked if I would play for the proposal again.  I was so relieved to hear that his plans had been postponed due to other logistics and not because there was a problem in the relationship.

This past Saturday was the day that he had been waiting for.  Here was the plan:  I was supposed to meet he and his (then girlfriend) at the bottom of the elevators leading up to the Skywalk and Top of the Hub Restaurant of the Prudential Center in Boston.  Of course, he would know who I was – but she would not have a clue.  His idea was to hand me the payment while the three of us were in the elevator (without her knowing) – although I had advised against this many times, he insisted it was a good idea.  Needless to say, I was a little nervous in anticipation of this entire encounter.

It was 5:15pm and I arrived at the Prudential Center to be at my designated spot.  Unfortunately, when I got there the security guards informed me that there were actually two sets of elevators to the Skywalk! I was waiting next to the basement elevators when I got a text message from my client who, of course, was at the other set of elevators.  I tried calling him, but since I was in the basement, I had no reception.  I decided to take a chance and go to the 50th floor to wait, hoping they would show up.

When they arrived they walked past me and he slipped me the payment while she was looking the other way…Not conspicuous at all!  I thought, “Whew!  That was close!”  As they began to walk down the hall of the observatory I frantically got my violin out of the case and tip toed behind them – trying to blend into the crowd – (a little difficult with a violin -).  He then looked at me and I thought “Should I start playing?  I don’t know if that was my cue or not! ” I waited a little longer.  When he looked at me again I decided I better begin.  So, I drew the bow across the strings and the whole floor of people stopped what they were doing to see what was going on.  He knelt down on one knee and she said yes!  The whole thing was completely worth the anxiety I had felt leading up to it.  At the end of 2 minutes of playing Canon in D they were engaged and were off to enjoy a romantic dinner at Top of the Hub.  I felt honored to be a part of this special moment in their lives.

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