Category Archives: Piano performance

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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Piano in the background

It was one of those days as a volunteer pianist when I wasn’t sure anyone had noticed I was there. I didn’t expect my audience’s undivided attention. After all, I was playing background music during lunch. I knew there’d be … Continue reading

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And all that jazz

A few years ago, I took private jazz piano lessons for about 9 months. I had two goals. First, I wanted to learn to play from “fake books,” which provide only a song’s melody line and chord symbols. It’s up … Continue reading

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Come fly with me

When I was 7, I learned this piece in my Teaching Little Fingers to Play piano book: The lesson introduced A-sharp, a black key, so that I could create chromatic buzzing. If you play a key on the piano, then … Continue reading

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