The Good Student, Who Embraced the Great Teacher

Yesterday evening was really moving; it cheered us all up, despite these strange days we live in…

YES, IT WAS A UNIQUE EVENING! A VERY MOVING ONE!

Congratulations for organising it, as well as for everything else!!!

THANK YOU. MAYBE WE’LL DO IT AGAIN ON 28 SEPTEMBER, BECAUSE THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE HERODION THEATRE. OF COURSE, THE TICKET WILL BE CHEAPER, AS IT WILL BE A SIMPLE CONCERT, AN ORCHESTRA CONCERT, A CONCERT GIVEN BY VASILIS, AND NOT ONE FOR RAISING MONEY NEEDED FOR EXPENSIVE MEDICAL DEVICES. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION? WILL THERE BE MANY PEOPLE AGAIN? SHOULD WE DO IT?

Certainly.

As a member of Vasilis Papakonstantinou’s fan club, I can tell you that quite a large number of people were really thrilled BY the idea, and it’s a pity that many people could not attend due to personal reasons.

One enjoys such moments and such wonderful songs even without instruments.

AH, OK, OK! SO… LET’S DO IT! I’LL LET ELISSEOS KNOW THEN!!!

Yes.

I felt really touched when I heard the song ‘tis agapis emata' (blood of love), when I came across a unique performance at the Herodion in 2005 with Vasilis.

But the concert’s greatest moment was the big embrace.

The good student, who embraced the great teacher.

I wish dad, our Vasilis’s musical father, good health and a long life – as long as the life of the tall mountains (like our Arcadian mountains).

WHAT YOU ARE SAYING SOUNDS SO BEAUTIFUL! I’LL SEND ALL THIS TO ELISSEOS, SO HE CAN READ WHAT YOUR ARE WRITING; MAYBE I’LL SEND ALL THIS TO VASILIS TOO! YOU HAVE REALLY MOVED ME, HONESTLY… YOU HAVE USED SUCH FEW WORDS, AND YET I WOULD LIKE TO BE SEATING AT THE HERODION LISTENING TO HIM, LISTENING TO THEM SINGING AND LOOKING AT MY DAD'S LONG, WHITE HAIR FLAPPING IN THE BREEZE IN FRONT OF ME AND TO MY LEFT! AND I WOULD LIKE US ALL TO REMAIN THERE TOGETHER – THOUSANDS OF US – LISTENING AND LISTENING. SIMPLY LISTENING.

IT WAS A REVELATION FOR US WHO HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH A CONCERT BEFORE, FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAN CLUB MEMBERS! A REVELATION! VASILIS PAPAKONSTANTINOU! I HAVE ATTENDED THOUSANDS OF SHOWS, THOUSANDS OF CONCERTS – ROCK CONCERTS WITH SUPER STARS, CLASSICAL CONCERTS WITH LEGENDARY PERFORMERS – HERE AND ABROAD, BUT NO-ONE COMPARES, NO-ONE HAS EVER COMPARED TO THIS ARTIST! IN MY OPINION, HE IS THE ONLY, THE FIRST TRUE, REAL AND UNIQUE ARTIST I HAVE EVER MET, LIVE! THAT I SAW! NOT ONLY AS A SINGER, BUT ALSO AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE ENTIRE SHOW. WHO WOULD HAVE SAID SO AND WHO UNDERSTANDS... EVERYTHING, FROM THE MOMENT THE TWO GIRLS CAME ON STAGE AND THE OTHER TWO, WHO DO THE VOCALS, EVERYTHING WAS HIS WORK! ALL THE STEPS, ALL THE INS AND OUTS, ALL THE WORDS, ALL THE RECITATIONS AND... AND… WHEN WE MEET UP, I WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING! I AM FILLED WITH ENTHUSIASM, I AM THRILLED! FINALLY, AN ARTIST WHO OPENS YOUR SOUL WITH HIS VOICE AND LOOK, AND WHO CONVEYS EVERYTHING, REALLY EVERYTHING, DEEP INSIDE YOU!

ALL THIS CANNOT BE EXPRESSED WELL IN WRITING, BUT I WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING WHEN I SEE YOU! I TELL EVERYONE I MEET SINCE THE DAYS BEFORE YESTERDAY; IT IS AS IF I AM DELIRIOUS.

FIRST OF ALL, I TOLD MY FATHER ABOUT IT YESTERDAY; HE WAS ALSO SHOCKED WITH VASILIS. WHEN I SAW HIM YESTERDAY MORNING, ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD BEEN THUNDERSTRUCK AFTER THE EVENING'S REVELATION! HE IS WAITING TO SEE HIM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HE WAS DISAPPOINTED WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT HE LEFT ON A TOUR YESTERDAY AND THAT HE WILL NOT BE BACK IN ATHENS UNTIL AFTER 15 SEPTEMBER! HE WANTED TO SEE HIM TODAY AND GIVE HIM THE POEMS 'MILO' (I AM TALKING) AND 'HARIS’ BY ANAGNOSTAKIS, AND MANY OTHER POEMS IN ORDER FOR HIM TO LISTEN TO THEM, “SO THAT HE SINGS THEM, SO THAT HE KEEPS ON SIGNING THEM!" HE TOLD ME DECISIVELY!

WHAT AM I WRITING TO YOU NOW… I CANNOT STOP TALKING, BUT…

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US! WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND WE ARE IN DELIRIUM... THE WHOLE FAMILY IS IN DELIRIUM!

YOU SHOULD SEE MY SON, STEFANOS, WHO IS ONE OF THE ORCHESTRA’S PERCUSSIONISTS. HE IS IN LOVE.

NO-ONE SHOULD HEAR US BECAUSE NO-ONE WILL BELIEVE US.

HOW CAN ONE HAVE SUCH PASSION? AND THE SAME IS TRUE OF THE MUSICIANS, AND OF SOPHIE AT THE OFFICE!

AND IT IS NOT LIKE WE DID NOT KNOW HIM, LIKE WE HAD NOT HEARD HIM OR SEEN HIM BEFORE.

AT THE HERODION, HOWEVER, EVERYTHING WAS DIFFERENT… THE MUSICIANS HAD FELT IT DURING THE REHEARSALS AND THEY HAD TOLD ME ABOUT IT…

THE ENTIRE SHOW IS HIS WORK. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING?

HE MUST HAVE PREPARED ALL THESE THINGS, WHILE EXPERIENCING PASSION AND A CONSTANT THRILL.

I REALISED THIS WHEN HE FELL INTO MY FATHER’S ARMS, TOWARDS THE END OF THE SHOW, AND PUT HIS HEAD IN DAD’S HAIR, ON THE RIGHT SIDE FROM WHERE I WAS SEATING, VERY CLOSE TO ME; INDEED, HE WAS ONLY FIFTY CENTIMETRES AWAY.

I SAW HIM WHISPERING SOMETHING SOFTLY TO HIM AND LOWERED HIS EYES. THEN HE CLOSED HIS EYES TIGHTLY, BUT HIS ENTIRE FACE RELAXED IMMENSELY. IT WAS AS IF HE HAD FALLEN ASLEEP FOR A FEW SECONDS IN DAD'S ARMS, WITH HIS RELAXED FACE INSIDE DAD’S FACE. I AM SURE HE FELL ASLEEP FOR THE FEW SECONDS I WAS LOOKING AT THEM, LIKE A LITTLE BABY IN HIS FATHER’S ARMS!

YES, I SAW ALL THESE THINGS AND FELT THEM. THAT IS HOW I UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THIS WAS HIS! THE ENTIRE SHOW WAS AMAZING!

HE IS THEREFORE A MAGICIAN WHO LEADS HIS AUDIENCE AS HE WISHES, WITHOUT GIVING ORDERS TO ANYONE!

“APPLAUD NOW! STAND UP NOW! LAUGH NOW! CRY NOW!” ETC. ETC.

I SAID I WOULD NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO YOU, BUT I CANNOT HELP IT. DELIRIUM! GOODNIGHT!!!

It is the most beautiful message I have received since I opened my facebook account and it is a great honour to be talking with you. It is true that Vasilis knows, above all, how to LOVE people... When he sings at music stages and concerts, he always ends the show with the song ‘Tis dikeosynis’ (Sun of justice in the mind), like a priest in church who ends with the psalm ‘Di efchon’ (Through wishes), and he orders everyone to sing it and applaud while standing up. Under different circumstances, it would be the concert’s saddest moment, because it is the last part of an evening that one wished it would never end. However, it is the most beautiful moment, because we all ask for justice!

I AM LEARNING, I AM LEARNING. NO MATTER HOW OLD WE GET, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING AMAZING TO DISCOVER.

HONESTLY, I HAVE NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE.

HE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNOWS HOW TO SING MY FATHER’S SONGS!

HE WAS NOT SINGING! WITH HIS PHRASES, HE OFFERED TO EACH OF US, EACH POET'S DEEP MEANING.

MOREOVER, HE HONOURED THE POETS, BY STATING THE NAME OF THESE GREAT CREATORS BEFORE EACH SONG. EVERY TIME HE MENTIONED THESE NAMES, HE SENT SHIVERS DOWN OUR SPINE! WE FELT AGAIN OUR NATION’S SACRED VALUES!

FINALLY, THE DEEP MEANING LAY BEFORE US. WITH HIM, YOU REALISE THE REAL TRUTH BEHIND THE WORDS!

INCREDIBLE! UNBELIEVABLE!

I BELIEVE HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BE AS GREAT AND AS POWERFUL AS WHEN HE PERFORMS SACRED SONGS.

THEN HE BECOMES A GREAT TEACHER.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING?

VASILIS PAPAKONSTANTINOU DESERVES TO PERFORM ONLY WORKS OF ART. AND DAD IS A GREAT COMPOSER. AND HE ONLY DESERVES A GREAT ARTIST, AN ARTIST OF HIS CALIBRE. AND THIS ARTIST IS VASILIS.

I HAD TO TURN FIFTY-FIVE BEFORE MEETING SOMEONE WITH THE RIGHT SPEECH.

BITHIKOTSIS WAS THE ONLY OTHER GREAT PERFORMER WHO WAS WORTHY OF MY FATHER’S WORK. AND HE INSPIRED HIM!

NOW WITH VASILIS, I SAW IT IN MY FATHER’S EYES; I SAW HIM EAGER TO HEAR HIM SING AGAIN, IMPATIENT TO MEET HIM AGAIN. I UNDERSTOOD HOW HE FEELS, SINCE HE ALSO TOLD ME ABOUT IT. YESTERDAY AND TODAY.

HE EYES SHINED AS THOUGH HE HAD FEVER. I HAD NEVER SEEN MY FATHER LIKE THIS BEFORE! AND HE HAS GIVEN SO MANY AMAZING CONCERTS! STRANGE...

WE ARE ASTONISHED. HONESTLY.

THE NINE GERMANS, WHOM I HAD INVITED AND HAD COME ALL THE WAY FROM GERMANY TO HEAR HIM SING, WERE ABSOLUTELY THRILLED AFTER THE CONCERT.

AND THEY ARE DREAMING…

IMAGINE, I HAVEN'T SAID ALL THESE THINGS TO HIM YET, BUT I AM WRITING THEM TO YOU!

ELISSEOS WILL READ ALL THESE THINGS, SINCE I WILL SEND HIM OUR CONVERSATION, OK?

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I WRITE TO YOU? I COULD WRITE ALL NIGHT, BUT I’LL STOP HERE!

STOP AND GOODNIGHT TO YOU. IT’S NEARLY MIDNIGHT