One of the best things about Ari is that he's a genuinely decent guy on top of his looks and talent. He's friends with my Mom on FB, knows her by name (she's been to about a dozen of his shows), and he's never in too much of a rush to chat with a fan and take pictures after the show.
One of the great things he does with his live shows is with this one song, Cranberry Lake; it's written as a duet, and while Doug (his drummer) is probably perfectly capable of singing the women's part, Ari picks a woman from the audience to sing with him. Ever since the first time Mom had heard the song, well before Ari began singing it onstage, she had wanted to sing it as a duet with him, and she did on the second night. She did a fantastic job, and it absolutely made her night.
Ari's live shows are a lot of fun; he is one of those rare artists that sounds better live than on studio records, his comic patter with the audience is always great. And he and his drummer have this hilarious interplay on stage, they have fantastic chemistry together.
Oh, and I posted the chapter back on Friday.... and then completely forgot to link it.... http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6140802/23/Bonds_of_Honor
It's mostly a filler chapter, and a lot of it focuses on the repercussions of Kin inheriting Shinsou, but I think it came out all right. I realized earlier this morning that I create a lot of very screwed-up OCs.