Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fam Friday: Meet Dustin Gledhill


I was sixteen when I first met my now brother-in-law, Dustin.  He was a seventeen-year-old (twelve-year-old looking) young man with a haircut that resembled a foam microphone windscreen.  In fact, my sisters and I called him "Microphone Head."  (Girls can be so mean!).  I might also add, just for visual interest, that he was also wearing knock-off Birkenstocks with socks.  Why am I telling you this?  Because by looking at this GQ babe now, you would never know it.  Yes.  I just called my brother-in-law a babe.  Get over it.

Me and Dustin at Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans

I've known Dustin for a long time (even longer than the Glediator) and he is one of my very best friends.  My initial mockery of his hair and Birks with socks was chastised when I heard him play the piano in my home a few weeks after we met.  There is nothing in this world that compares to seeing and hearing Dustin play the piano.  Your jaw will fall to the floor in marvel.  

Dustin started playing at the age of three and gave his first recital to a sold out crowd at a three hundred seat auditorium.  Twenty-six years later, after scores of competitions and soloing with symphonies across the globe he is still at the top of his game at the Manhattan School of Music.  Our family just returned from attending a solo concert he was invited to give at Loyola University in New Orleans.  He was incredible.  (To purchase Dustin's album "Live at Wigmore Hall," head on over to itunes or Napster!)

We are so proud of you Dustin.  Way to go!  Enjoy these highlights from Dustin's killer performance:

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11 comments:

  1. Oh my heavens... are these your boys in the video? They have got the cuteness factor goin' on big time!! And it was nice to "meet" Dustin... amazing musician!

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  2. Your mother-in-law was my first landlady after I got married! We lived in the "polygamous house" on 300 S, a very cute old duplex (one side for each wife, I've got stories about that). I remember signing our contract in her home, and seeing the pianos, and asking about them, and she told us about her amazing son. Small world.

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  3. Yes, those are definitely my boys.

    The polygamist house? Oh my.

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  4. It was so great to see you and your family in New Orleans... and to remember the microphone head comments. Wow, that was a long time ago. In any case, I love you and your family and can't wait to see you again in Utah. Come visit me in New York! (:

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  5. Such talent! Such cute boys! I'm going to have to check out the album! Thanks for introducing us to Dustin!

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  6. Oh little Dustin! You nailed it when you said "your jaw will hit the floor"...he's fantastic. My first thought when I read your post was...Rhapsody in Blue...I don't know how many millions of times my dad has made him play rhapsody in blue...probably every family function for the last 10 years!

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  7. Dustin is amazing! Jackson showed off some serious talent with his documentary too!! And Thatcher on the air piano......cool!

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  8. I love your brother-in-law! I met him when he was living in London (I live there) and actually got to be in the audience when he recorded "Live at Wigmore Hall". (I used to tell him I was his groupie!) He is out of this world talented. I'm so happy you featured him ps. love your blog!

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  9. Oh, somehow I missed this concert! I live in New Orleans, and just love it here. I hope you all had a wonderful time visiting, and would love to meet Dustin next time you’re all down South. He’s really cute. I think maybe I should be embarrassed to say that, but he is.

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