So I have a degree in music. You would think that I might actually try to perform once in a while.
But I don’t. In fact, I avoid it.
I am talking about solo piano performing here. While in college, I never played an actual recital. I did a lecture recital, which was great fun. But I have never really loved performing solo.
So you might imagine my thrilled self when last month my Board of Education asked me to play for a charity concert. It was for the earthquake victims and was the mayors idea.
How could I say no?
Fortunately I had plenty of practice time. I also didn’t perform from memory. That cut down on the nerves as well.
The performance was Saturday the 16th. It went very well. I was nervous, but I kept reminding myself that I was doing this to help people. Which helped me.
It was a small concert, about 150-200 people came. Including many of my students. When I was done playing, one of my little tiny first grade boys walked up to me with a bouquet of flowers for me. He was so cute! Some of my adult English students also came with flowers for me.
I was so surprised! And delighted. I love flowers.
I don’t know how much money was raised for the victims of the earthquake, but I certainly hope it was a success. It felt really nice doing something to help.