- I'm a volunteer pianist dedicated to bringing music to residents of retirement communities, assisted living centers, and memory-care facilities. Stories unfold around me when I play. I tell those stories here.
Category Archives: Pianos
Last week, on a rainy Tuesday, my lovely Steinway grand received its annual tuning. If you’ve heard a piano being tuned, you know it’s not particularly pleasant. The tuner repeatedly strikes a single note while using a lever to turn … Continue reading
I couldn’t take it anymore. My audience was getting frustrated, too. I’d struggled with this particular piano for nearly 3 years, using the soft pedal continuously to tone down its harshness, leaving me with a sore hip and a cranky … Continue reading
In early March, the “Life Enrichment Director” of a new senior care facility asked me to play the piano for their Friday afternoon happy hour. From 3:15-3:45, she requested. When I arrived, a corporate type standing just inside the front … Continue reading
I have played some pretty awful pianos in my years as a volunteer pianist— neglected, beat-up instruments sitting in overheated rooms, serving primarily to display fake plants, candles, and craft projects. It’s a challenge, to say the least, to get … Continue reading
Many of my listeners say that they wish they’d kept at their childhood piano lessons. They lament ignoring their mothers’ advice to practice. I also meet people who became competent pianists, but now age has taken a toll: their hands … Continue reading