When George Costanza stopped being a TV character and became human.
Yesterday, my husband and I had the pleasure to see Jason Alexander, better known as his character George Costanza, at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. It was a variety show that we felt we had to attend due to our obsession with the show Seinfeld. I was not disappointed.
I did not really know much about Jason Alexander aside from his TV character. I have this horrible habit of assuming that the actors that play these characters are just like said characters in real life. Stupid, yes. But I hold this fantasy in my head nonetheless.
The show was great. Jason Alexander took the audience through aspects of his childhood and his different dreams and ambitions that lead him to where he is today. He was charming and funny. But there was one part of the show that stopped me in my tracks. He explained that a few years ago, his father passed away at the age of 91. He told us his father’s last words (see you later) and how he 100% believes that he will indeed see his father again someday. Then he started to sing.
I couldn’t move. I was entranced by his performance and this song itself. I could feel the love that he had for his father as he sang. I realized that this guy up on stage wasn’t George Costanza, after all. This was a man who deeply loved his father and missed him greatly. Just because he was famous didn’t make him immune to grief.
Human is human. Grief is grief. And sometimes, a simple song is all we need to remind ourselves that death cannot separate love.
Thanks for allowing us into your heart for a few minutes, Jason.
“And I am there each morning. I am there each fall. I don’t know why this thing happened, but this much is clear. Be aware I am there.”
To listen to Anytime by William Finn click here.