Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Unexpected Pleasures: M. Winkelmann & Silent Night
last fall when I visited. Laury plays beautifully, and it was a joy to listen to her serenade the night with 'Moon River.' However, this fall as she prepared to leave for her work assignment, we closed up M. Winkelmann and covered him with a heavy quilt. I've since hung blankets to keep as much warmth as possible in the living area of the downstairs and to keep as much woodsmoke and fine ash as possible away from M. This past week has been mild enough, though, to open the back door and let this room have a bit of fresh air. I've partially opened the piano and have been playing Christmas carols.... until my hands and fingers get so cold I have to stop! I come nowhere near Laury's level of expertise, but I can get through an easy version of 'Silent Night' with minimal wrong notes. And it gives me great joy to play the familiar hymns and songs of the season! Being able to play M. Winkelmann this winter is definitely an unexpected pleasure!