My blog friend, Kathy, wrote a very moving blog post earlier this week about being thankful for music. This blog post reminded me how thankful I too am for music and my piano.
This piano is “worth nothing” as one piano tuner told me. It’s really old and was not a very expensive one even when it was new. My grandfather was very frugal and always paid cash for everything. This piano brings back so many memories for me.
The house he and my grandmother lived in.
The “music” room which had so many musical instruments – accordion, keyboards, xylophone, trumpet, drums, saxophone and more.
Their living room where my sister and I spent many a weekend morning listening to him play – pieces that he composed himself as well as recognizable pieces. We loved listening to him, watching his fingers move across the keys, and seeing how happy he was while he was playing.
When he passed away, both the piano and my grandmother came to live with us. I desperately wanted to learn to play the piano and started lessons. After a few weeks of lessons I had to stop because it made my grandmother very sad – the music reminded her of my grandfather.
The piano sat untouched for many, many years. Fast forward – I got married, bought a house, had kids and those kids were getting older. My mom didn’t want the piano anymore and gave it to me. My kids wanted to learn the piano so we gave them lessons. I loved hearing them play the piano – so much practice, so many recitals! Four of the five play the piano. As the kids got older (high school age), they had to make choices on how to spend their time. The oldest decided to focus on violin, the second focused on the oboe, the third the violin and the mandolin, the fourth and fifth focused on their cellos. Once again the piano lay dormant.
Last year I decided it was time for me to learn to play the piano. I signed up for classes and now practice almost daily (usually 6 of 7 days a week). Playing the piano brings me so much pleasure – I’m not very good, but I’m improving weekly.
Thank you, Kathy, for taking me down memory lane. I have been thinking about my grandfather and all those happy times and sharing them with my kids – it has been really nice.