Category Archives: Piano performance

Hero in your own hometown

“Caregiver! Caregiver!” Mary Lou called weakly, hoping to get the attention of an aide serving lunch across the room. No luck. I was nearby, playing background music to accompany the meal. I don’t know Mary Lou’s health story, but she … Continue reading

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Comes a toothache, see the dentist right away

Can you remember the name of your childhood dentist? Most people can. Mine was Dr. Bigsby. My husband’s was Dr. Mastromatteo (dubbed “Dr. Mashed Potatoes” by a younger sibling). I have a friend who grew up in Milwaukee and went … Continue reading

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as usual. That’s because this summer I’m concentrating on another writing project: a children’s biography of pianist Clara Schumann. She was one of the most … Continue reading

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Something to remember you by

My Uncle Brian continues to slip away, his brain addled by advancing dementia. You might recall the post I wrote in February about my uncle and his robotic puppy. Brian now lives in a small group home. He likes helping … Continue reading

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From the Archives

Yesterday I played Christmas carols for a group at a nursing home. They gathered around the piano to sing along. Between songs, they chatted with me. When I announced I’d be playing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Gail lamented, “Yeah, … Continue reading

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Wired for sound

“We had a big-band performance here last night,” Fay told me. “I liked the music, but I was wearing my hearing aid and I had to turn it off.” Betsy chimed in. “I stuffed Kleenex in my ears.” She was … Continue reading

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Milkman, keep those bottles quiet

I think I have misophonia, sometimes called “selective sound sensitivity.” There are certain noises that run through me like a knife. Not just the usual ones that bother everybody, like the screech of nails on a chalkboard. I’m annoyed by … Continue reading

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From the archives

I’ve been blogging for more than three years now. And I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. On my desk sits a little blue plastic basket full of ideas for future posts, scribbled on recycled paper scraps. As long as … Continue reading

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That’s entertainment

“Do you have any records out?” one of my listeners asked me a couple of months ago. I was flattered. Even the term “records” made me smile. So old-fashioned. I’m not a professional musician, though I take a professional approach … Continue reading

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Clap yo’ hands

When I play the piano during lunch in a senior living community, I don’t really expect people to clap. My music is the backdrop to their meal and social time. Still, I occasionally receive a smattering of applause following an … Continue reading

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