I am a bass player. I like hanging out in the back and getting a groove on with a drummer and guitar as much as almost anything I can think of. I can carry a tune and performed in HS a few times but I am sincerely not a vocalist. I will play a little rhythm guitar once in a while but I don't consider myself a guitarist. But Mrs Thumpenstein gave me her Christmas wish: she asked me to sing to her, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey, for her Christmas present. I had about 3 weeks. My first reaction was, "Baby, it's been an ok year, what about a necklace or a nice bracelet or something?" LOTS of conflicts on the calendar this time of year. And a buddy needed a place to crash for a week in there while he planned his next move, so I lost a few days. And for me, it's a hard freakin song! But I persevered and had a solo reggae version that I did what I could to make my own, and hers. The gig was delayed due to my transitional friend, and went off a couple of days after Christmas. Let me preface the actual details by saying that I've played in front of crowds between 20 and 1500 people. I've felt more excited than nervous every time. Until the 12/27 show @ Thumpenstein's basement. The atrocity of the singing was exceeded only by the discordant clamfest that was my playing. I was a bag of nerves! I was able to make eye contact with every member of the audience, although generally at the cost of a chord or some fret buzz. Nevertheless, the audience was amazing, and as an artist I have rarely been as gratified by the crowd's reception as I was that night. I'm pleased to be back in the low end for good. I'm thinking next year she'll probably go for the necklace.