Hmmm… what do I remember most about Donna? Was it the awesome music? Well, yeah there is that. The concerts? Well of course! But I think what always struck me most about Donna is her warmth and humility. When you saw her, there was no “diva” – well, unless she was putting it on as a joke. 🙂 Whether she was just pointing to people in the audience and saying “I see you”, or chatting with fans at a meet and greet, or chasing a certain webmistress out of the vault with a flamethrower… (that IS a joke guys!) she was always just so sweet. She remembered people, she’d ask about your family, she’d accept any fan silliness with a smile. I remember a guy backstage dropping to one knee to propose to her one time. She just laughed with him. (WITH, not AT! 🙂 )And I don’t care how nervous you might be to meet “the diva” (and believe me the first time, I was!) as soon as you were close enough to talk to her, she had a way of putting you at your ease. That’s a real talent in and of itself.
I can’t believe it’s been three years already. And this is the time of year I miss her most – the summer season. I still have links to Donna’s pages at Ticketmaster and LiveNation in my bookmarks. I know they will never have listings again, but I can’t bring myself to delete them. And I still have my little notebook I used when I set up meet and greets the last couple of years. Somehow I can’t seem to throw that out either.
Ah well…. until we meet again Donna.