At one of their many recitals and violin performances Stefan and Xander played a duet. For several weeks Stefan had tutored Xander on an arrangement of “Greensleeves”– a carol which Stefan fell in love with years ago and plays with verve every Christmas. It is his song, much the way that “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” has always been my song (follow that link; you won’t be sorry).
Xander did his best in the performance, but stumbled a bit during the fast sections. Afterwards, as Stefan and I were standing by the cookie table, an admiring member of the audience said to Stefan, “That was beautiful, but must be really difficult to play with someone younger and not as skilled as you are.”
“Oh no,” Stef replied, “Xander’s actually much better than me. He just gets nervous in front of people.”
Yep, that’s right.
You do know it’s against the law to smile when you are playing a string instrument?
Gabe comes along just for the treats,
and maybe the chance to see Santa on the way home.