i remember standing in the balcony, looking at all of the guests below—the quiet glow of the candles and pendant lights. the band was playing “where is my mind” and people were dancing and scream singing along. toasting champagne. and the weather was perfect. in this little alleyway slice of heaven. tucked under palm trees and vine covered walls under the glow of red and purple and blue and yellow stage lights. i was lost in the joy of it all. watching mike rap his favorite songs and getting to dance with cherisse—i don’t want to be hired help, i want to feel the whole thing with you.