On Valentine’s Day, Kanye West surprised his wife Kim Kardashian by placing celebrated saxophonist Kenny G in his living room surrounded by about one hundred single-stemmed roses in vases. The musician played Somewhere Over The Rainbow. While it was yet another extraordinarily grand (and public) show of love, according to Kenny G, it was actually a really last-minute plan. We can see it now; West sitting at home in a palatial arm chair, dreaming up this beautiful moment and then making a few calls.
Speaking to Rolling Stone after the Valentine’s Day surprise, the saxophonist said he was only given 12 hours notice. “Really late last night I got a couple of emails, one from a publicist that knows Kanye’s manager,” Kenny G said. “He told me that Kanye had requested me to come to the house and serenade Kim in the morning.”
“I didn’t get the message until, like, 11 o’clock at night,” he continued. “It just happened to work out, ’cause I’m in town and I don’t live very far from where they live. So it worked out really well.”
NO BIG DEAL KENNY G IN MY LIVING ROOM!!! Happy Valentines Day 💋💋💋 pic.twitter.com/A1GD0UlEwu
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 14, 2019
Kenny G adoringly then gave the media a play-by-play on how the gesture went down. When he arrived at the residence, there were a lot of people setting up the room and he had a brief exchange with West. He says he didn’t see the room set up until about 20 seconds before the rapper gave him the green light to start playing.
“She was coming around a corner, and I got the nod from Kanye to go. And so I started to play, and when she came, she just went, “Oh my god,” and then she looked at me and was smiling and just kind of stopped,” he recalled. “She didn’t know what to do with herself for a minute. Then she got her phone out, which was awesome.”
And so it became official: Kanye loves Kim as much as Kanye loves Kanye.