hey paul b, your post about the old folk's home made me smile. i'm sure they all had a lovely time, especially great aunt nelly!  your story, it brought me back to last december when i was asked by a relative to play some tunes at a nun's christmas party! how could i say no...

the night arrived, and i found myself setting up my rattley digital piano in the corner of a dusty sports hall. the nuns were eating their christmas dinner on the other side of the hall, and i started into some light christmas carols. i felt a bit silly to tell you the truth. but i started getting in to it after a bit, and it wasn't long before the nuns were eating to the tune of rudolf the red nosed reindeer. they liked it, and some of them even got up to dance. but then the requests began to come in! one nun asked for "the lord's my shepherd because it was her all time favourite at mass. naturally i obliged, however funereal- it was their party after all. most of the other requests were unknown to me, yet somewhere deep down, i knew it was only a matter of time before somebody would ask me for "oh holy night! this came to pass and the all ear-engulfing "oh niiiiiiiiiiiigght divine" was soon to be heard echoing around the oversized venue.  

the night wore on, more requests of course, and i managed to get some nice tunes in too.  sr. therese loved the pineapple rag and asked me to play it twice.  
when we'd all had enough, i packed up shop, and was invited for free food, which was a nice touch.  

as i ate some cake, one of the nuns suggested i join the convent. i had a "holy look" about me, and "they could do with a piano player in the convent". !! alarmed, i said i'd have to think it through first as i glanced at my watch.
the night came to an end and my digital piano and i made our way home.  

two weeks later a letter from the convent arrived for me in the post.it was a thank-you card, informing me that the head nun had sent a chicken to africa on my behalf. it was a nice gesture.  

it's now october, and i can't help but wonder if i'll be asked again this year? the clock is ticking.......
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i bet you're answering the phone with some trepidation at the moment... next time it rings it could be the call.

hopefully (for us) we'll get a sequel to this post in the new year.
i am paul b, and it's not only me - every time the phone rings, the piano makes a dive for the front door!
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