'Tis the season for Fiorella to practice Christmas carols on the piano. Not that she's in the same league as Friend Marion, who, as she admits, was "born understanding how the piano works," or Friend Mary's daughter, Julia, who has the same inborn talent, or Fio's high school friend, Jan Herring, who placed second in the Van Cliburn competition. No, Fio is something of a dud.
For one thing, she's terribly self-conscious when playing the piano or singing. Fiorella used to have a very good voice and was actually able to sing in public without choking up for a few precious years, but age, steroids, and a resurgence of her self-consciousness took their toll.
One thing she can still do, though, is compose. Yeah, good ol' creative, analytical Fiorella can compose the dickens out of you. Her children's opera of the Three Little Pigs is loads of fun, and she's written a few carols too. Maybe someday you'll hear them.
PS: Sorry Fio ran late yesterday. She set the date wrong.