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Concert for Dad

I had reserved today to perform a concert for Dad since April. Because I didn't want to spend too much time planning and preparing the food, I made it a potluck dinner.

Amanda was the first to arrive with her famous organic, home-grown rhubarb and raspberry crumble. Her nextdoor neighbour Nalen brought his wife Deidre's couscous salad. Mezzo soprano Margaret and her friend Pierce brought luxury quiche from Tesco's. Robert brought old Amsterdam cheese from Schiphol Airport. As the sun started to set, Nicola arrived with tales from Italy.

After wine, cheese, and dinner outdoors, we moved inside for the concert. I began it with my own composition (as usual) - Winter in July.

Father was impressed with Margaret's singing. Accompanied by guitarist Robert Bekkers, she sightread some old Spanish songs.

We took turns - I accompanied Margaret. Robert played solo. And finally, Robert and I played the first movement of Rodrigo's Fantasy for a Gentleman.

It was a short concert. But it was enough to give Dad a flavour of a midsummer night's dream.

28 July 2001

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