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Alan, Nick, and Michele bounced into the backseat of my 1999 Camry CE (champagne). After another languid, sober afternoon A’s game, they teased me, their chauffeur. We were all a bit tired, but happy to be crammed together, and I was looking forward to driving us home through the hills, windows wide open to pull in the redwoods and eucalyptus.

As they fumbled into their seatbelts, I rifled through my CD wallet, chose, slid it in, and rolled down the windows. That piano began — the left hand marking time, the right’s 5/2/3 progression leading us in  and the kids, my childhood friends in the backseat, were quiet, they listened, and all three began to sing.

“And  if the snow  ”






[August 2006]


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