Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ticklin' the ivories?

Two loves of my life have come together in the last few weeks. MiniMe is taking piano lessons on my heirloom piano.
The piano is from my great-grandmother -- a 1917 baby grand that I spent 15 mortgage payments and 3 years refurbishing via an artisan of epic talent. It is stunning. It plays like only a piano of that era can.

This piano and I are now in the same home for the first time in 20 years. Those 20 years and the metaphor of the piano in my life are a story for another post, another time, when I have 5,000 or so words to waste.
Back to piano lessons. Sort of.
I have a colleague who plays the piano like a new-age angel. She composed, performed and produced her own CD a few years ago. Last Christmas, she gifted me with a copy and I have had it in the CD player in my car ever since. It's exactly the decompression I need during my commute.

It's also the music that is playing as I schlep MiniMe and Muggsy to and from their respective schools each day. I credit the music for soothing the savage beast of school-based overstimulation, but, other than background, I'm not sure they really listen to it.

Until last week. I had the volume low so only I could hear it.

MiniMe: Mommy, turn up the music.

Me: Sure, Punkin, how come?

MiniMe: I want to learn to play the piano.

Me: How is this going to help?

MiniMe: Because, Mommy, when you listen to songs your brain remembers them. Then you just need a piano to play them on.

So she has a piano to play them on, and a teacher to help the brain-to-keyboard translation. I am in heaven. My little girl is learning to play the piano!


Meg said...

That's great news. My 10-year old plays the drums, so you're really doing very well!

April said...

Music is such a great bond...for the first 10 years, at least! My oldest is starting to cross over into things that don't sound like music to me - and make me feel old. But we still have musical theatre (for now), and I love sharing my love of it with my daughters.

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Max Fam said...

why did I not know you played? good for you for getting minime started early! I started at 5 and still play all the time for fun.

BusyDad said...

That is really really cool. It is the greatest feeling when your kid expresses an interest in something you thought they never even noticed. It's like surprise, pride and joy all wrapped into one. Where you have to stop the car and properly hi-five the moment.

Nadine said...

That's awesome! And that's a beautiful piano. And your post about it makes me wish blogs had sound so I could here it. You could do a You Tube concert ;) I really want a family piano too. Though we don't have enough space for a fancy one like that.

Silver Sling said...

And what will Muggsy play? Our second decided on guitar, which was a relief. We know of neighbors that have to put up with drum sets...

Tara R. said...

That is fabulous! How wonderful that the piano is serving another generation.

Darla said...

Very very cool!

Happy Mother's Day!

~blog hopping

Cheffie-Mom said...

HAHA, my son played the drums when he was younger but then switched to piano. I think music is the ket to a lot of happiness!!! Love your latest posts. Sorry I have not been blogging lately! I have been taping shows which I am excited about because I was able to post them on my blog YAY!! If you get a chance to check it out, then let me know what you think. The more feedback I get the better I can make the segments Also, your stories are great and my whole idea behind this show is for other moms to share real stories like you do. Anyway, I’d love to hear from you.