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"We were at a bar in San Diego," Nickel Creek mandolin player Chris Thile told starwars.com, "when low and behold, Carrie Fisher appears accompanied by two of her friends. It turned out that she had been invited by a buddy of mine, to whom I let slip, trying to express the depth of my Star Wars fanaticism, that I could play 'Princess Leia's Theme' on the mandolin.... I found myself kneeling down in front of her playing.

"She had a kind of distant look on her face at first, but after 15 seconds, a smile (of reminiscence, I think) was added. At one point, one of her friends leaned over and asked her what I was playing, to which she responded, 'It's my theme!' I finished and launched into another round of apologetic prostration, but she silenced me by thanking me and -- oh, how I'll cherish this memory for the rest of my life -- feeding me a piece of bread. 'Nobody's ever done that for me before,' she said. Ms. Fisher, should you ever read this, I can now die happy."

Nickel Creek plays House of Blues on December 15.

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