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It is not a secret that history is written by the victors. There are always two ways to tell a story and the ones that write more often than not, tend to exaggerate in their favor. In this case, I will let you decide for yourselves, for I have given up trying to convince everyone that “IT WAS NOT MY FAULT”.

My father was invited to Moscow by a radio station called “Радио Шансон” to perform in a concert with other winners of the Best Song of the Year contest. He won third place (out of over 10,000 songs), performed in front of a large and receptive audience and was given a guitar as a present by Andrey Makarevich himself on stage.

All in all, it was a good day. My friends who were with me that day, however, chose to focus on a slightly different aspect of the evening, ostracizing me to this day, even though almost two months have passed. Here is what happened…or at least how my friends tell the story!

Before the concert our spirits were running high and we decided to lift them even further with a glass of wine (or cognac – but that’s not important). I was excited to see daddy on stage, getting introduced by well known radio personalities and as we later found out, having a song dedicated to him by Alexei Kortnev (another famous Russian musician, singer of Несчастный Случай). When he was introduced, my excitement level spilled over the acceptable adult-behavior limit (the wine/cognac did the trick) and I started screaming in support of my parent, not unlike a crazed teenager at a Bon Jovi concert.

My father is a “bard”, and this type of screaming is not common place at a “bard” concert, so I soon had to quiet down and let the man sing. The nostalgia-drenched song he chose (or was chosen for him out of his repertoire) was about our old Moscow neighborhood - Дмитровка. I was so inspired and overwhelmed by emotion that I felt a desperate need to cheer on my daddy. The rock-like cheering and screaming came back, but this time, it was in the middle of the chorus and when the audience was listening attentively to the words of the song…so the total silence was sharply interrupted by my “OOOHHHH, Go, Shurik, Go”. The wonderful acoustics of the auditorium multiplied the yelling and completely stunned my father. He paused. The music continued, but he paused.

The pause lasted for about a second and I doubt that anyone even noticed it, but I felt it. My father was definitely searching for the next word because he never held such a long pause in this song, in this chorus.

To make a long story short...he found the words, finished the song, won third place, won a guitar and had a song dedicated to him by a well known Russian musician. He also went to the banquet afterwards and had a good time. But my friends kept insisting that I ruined my father’s concert and that I should hereafter behave when I attend such events! The evil friends have also spread this incident all over Moscow and now everyone I know giggle whenever this incident gets brought up. In my defense, I would like to say that between my shouting and his pause, a good ten seconds passed, so it was NOT MY FAULT!

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