My piano, a 1964 Acrosonic Spinet (Baldwin) has not been feeling the love lately.
The love being my clumsy fingers tapping on its’ imitation ivory keys as I struggle through yet another classical piece that is beyond my learning curve.
Busyness has taken over my time.
Busy with work, busy with the boys (dogs), busy trying to exercise, busy getting dressed in order to exercise, busy trying a diet, busy modifying the diet to meet my needs versus the needs of the diet itself.
Boy, am I busy.
Busy setting up the altar for mass with the chalice, wine, ciborium and wafers. Busy attending church, participating and praying. Busy cleaning up the altar after mass washing the chalice, bringing home the linens for washing.
Busy with being busy, as the piano sits, going out of tune from the lack of love.
So, tonight, after dragging myself home through the NYC subways, (which incidentally is not my preferred method of transportation during hot, humid ,NYC summer days) and after noshing on some food, I will sit in front of the piano and practice.
I will play as if the first time, three years ago when my spinet came home.
5 thoughts on “The Neglected Spinet”
I’ve carried with me for over 40 years a classical piece that was beyond my learning curve even in the beginning. Guess what? It’s still beyond my learning curve. Still, there are times I enjoy dragging it out to see if I can still play part of it. We should all try to remember to not be so busy we can’t find moments here and there where we can be quiet (or loud) with something we cherish.
I agree Ben. It is important to make time for what we cherish and now I am curious to know the classical piece you enjoy. Please share : )
Mozart’s Sonata V – fifteen pages of mind-numbing, back-breaking concentration. I can still play a little of it by memory. I believe it was going to be the piece I played for my last recital. That is, would have been had I not decided I’d already played my last recital. Ah, well. Here’s a YouTube link to a student recital with a young woman playing the piece far better than I’ve ever played it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dYzMQ0e0M0. Oh, by the way, I still have the original piece from back then. I scanned it before it could crumble in my hands.
wowsa! The fingering alone is pretty impressive! I begin a piece playing hands seperately then joining together but attempting to learn a piece like this would require tremedous effort and time on my part. Here’s a student rendition of a Lichner Sonatina piece I’ve been working on for about two months, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqn2G_6iXoI. The student plays the piece allegro-I play it at a snail’s pace.
Very nice. It’s playing in the background. Snail’s pace is about my speed, also. Thankfully, I play for my own personal enjoyment (with a healthy dose of frustration thrown in), so I’m okay as long as there’s no one with earshot of my playing except the dogs. They don’t get a vote.