Like pulling teeth

posted Jul 11, 2008, 9:44 AM by Mandi White-Ajmani
When Brian was really little, my family and I lived in California, and we didn't get to watch him grow up as closely as we were able to with the other cousins.  My brother Sean and I have always joked about how trying to have a phone conversation with Brian was like pulling teeth.  You could never get more than one-word answers out of him, and eventually we would just give up and ask to talk to someone else!  In-person conversations weren't always much better, but at least he had the benefit of being able to make goofy faces and play around when he was talking to you.  And of course, the patented Brian smirk.  But his face would always light up when he talked about performing, mostly with the band and jazz band and, more recently, in the Music Man.  He was always happy to talk about playing the trumpet and how he hoped to be able to continue with music somehow for the rest of his life.  And his face really came alive when talking about the upcoming play-- it seemed he was really excited to be making his on-stage debut.  I live in Boston, and I didn't get to see the actual production, but I hear he was great!  I'm so glad people will always have those memories of his performances to think back on-- I think he'd be happy to have everyone think of him that way.  We love you, Brian.  Mandi