So I’ve gone back to school. Music school to be precise. My teacher Carolyn has been teaching for over 60 years. She is the energizer bunny and a wonderful teacher. I get to practice on both her baby grand piano and her digital piano, which are both works of art.
I’ve had 4 lessons and I’m almost done with my first book. I come from a very musical family and I was the ugly duckling. My parents and sister were in the choir and my Meem and my aunt were concert pianists. So when Carolyn told me she had never had such a great new adult piano player, I blushed.
What’s strange? I knew that I would enjoy it, but I didn’t realize how much I would love it. The first 2 weeks were difficult to get in the swing of practicing, but then I purposefully made time. And now my day feels incomplete if I haven’t sat down to play.
Jeff and I bought a used Schroeder piano from the family that used to live at the end of our cul de sac. The man was from Chicago and used to play in jazz clubs, so his piano was well loved and cared for. He recently passed away and the family was thrilled to sell the piano to us. Jeff and the sons agreed to a price of $275 for the piano and they rolled the piano down the street and right into my dining room. I explained how I was wanting to start piano lessons and told them my story. About 20 minutes later they knocked on the door. They gave Jeff a $50 bill and told him to use it to pay for my first lesson. Nice people and nice gestures give me goosebumps.
I have taken 4 lessons (30 minutes each). And guess what? I’m in a recital on Saturday morning! That’s right – a recital. Good thing I know how to laugh at myself. Carolyn is going to play a duet with me on 2 songs – Black Cat Boogie and Black Licorice Rag. Not quite Mozart, but today I’m really proud of myself. And this isn’t just an item that I have checked off my life list. I have found a new love.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny
This is one of the items on my 39 list – 39 things to do off of my life list before I turn 39 on November 20, 2012.Tweet