The Eisley show at the Ridglea Music Festival was excellent last night, as was expected.
...what was not expected, though, was that, even in his absence, Noah was going to be mentioned (albeit not by name), from the stage, by the band, who have never met him or even seen a picture of him.
How? you ask incredulously.
Well, the short end is, we wound up having a chance to talk to one of the girls and Eisley's mom before the show, and talked to them about how Noah loves Eisley and particularly sings along with their song Trolleywood, a fun song about a day in San Francisco. It apparently touched quite a chord with the proud mama (4 of Eisley's 5 members are the children of our new friend, Kim Dupree), and she herself went digging through their trailer and found some kid's shirts from the band's fun collection of rock'n'roll apparel. So, at some point during the show (twice, actually), the lead singer, Sherry Dupree, mentions this and tosses some kiddie tees into the crowd!
We didn't snag one of the kiddie tees, sadly. I did snag one she tossed that she thought was a kiddie tee which was actually a ladies small and fits Jenni. Anyhoo, as we were leaving, we passed by the merch booth to say thanks for the thought, and Mrs. Dupree flags us to the front of the crushing line of fans and pulls out a stack of kids tees.
'I found these in the trailer for you!'
Groovy. After flipping through them, and trying to decide which one to get him, and after she pulls down a t-shirt for me, I ask, How much are the kids tees?
'Oh, they're a present for your little boy! I'm giving them to you! We were so happy to hear about your little boy!'
Big smile from two other proud parents. And in the back of my head, I can hear Noah's favorite music start:
Out one day / Walking one day
Out one day / With you, hallelujah
We found a wood / With Trolleys on wheels
Rolling all around the hills / Hallelujah