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My parents' visit is over. I saw them off at San José Int'l airport this afternoon. Overall, it was a nice visit, although I was pretty tired from all the driving.

In case you're wondering, I did play the piano for them. I was more nervous than I thought I would be, especially playing things like Burgmüller's Ballade, which I have been working on for some time. As my teacher will undoubtedly put it, you find out more about how well you have learned/memorized a piece when you play it for other people. I might have been less nervous if my father hadn't asked me to play all of Für Elise, some parts of which require lots of work, even for a highly trained pianist. (Also, I haven't played the difficult sections in quite some time.) I couldn't even remember how to play some things, so I had to look at the score. I also tried to sight-read some holiday carols, which revealed that I am not at the point yet where I feel comfortable with certain types of chord changes and scales when not played as part of exercises or etudes. My father played a little bit afterwards. He hasn't played for many years, and we never had a piano while I was growing up, so he was really rusty. However, my mother was happy to hear both of us play.

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