Greg Hewitt (follow me on Twitter: @GregHewittSTL)By Greg Hewitt

I’ll admit it up front, I can’t be objective when it comes to Sarah McLachlan.

She is an artist who I probably would never have discovered, if not for the fact that back in the late 90’s,  my then serious girlfriend (now wife) was a huge fan.

Which meant I was also a fan.

Then again, I was so smitten with her (my wife) that I probably would have sat through an entire Debbie Boone retrospective, if that’s what it took.

Fortunately for me, I ended up actually really liking her music.  I watched her make the transition from a small singer-songwriter type to a woman who founded an entire musical movement and accompanying tour.

By the Fall of 1998,  I was working at a job which put me in contact with most of the major record labels (including Sarah’s) so I was able to call in a big favor when it came time for me to pop the question.

The ring had been picked out, the restaurant reservation was booked…I had even made a very nervous trip over to my future in-laws home to ask for their nod of approval.

Everything was set, but I had one more card to play.

Hanging in the restaurant,  as I very clumsily asked her to marry me was this gift from Sarah herself.

It reads:

“Greg has FALLEN for the last time.    (At the time, her latest single was titled, “Fallen”)

I think you should MARRY HIM!

All the best of love and happiness,

Sarah McLachlan”

Success!  She even followed up with a congratulatory phone call.

14 years later, still the best decision I have ever made.   And this portrait still hangs in our living room today.

Thanks Sarah, I still owe you one



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