Freeing My Inner PianoFebruary 15, 2011 at 4:52 AM | Posted in Music, Personal Development | 4 Comments
Tags: Bach, James Joyce
If I didn’t have a piano I would long for one.
I’ve had one for 25 years, a beauty, and my longing takes a different form. I want to play but until the other day I had set ground rules, fraudulent ones, that have kept me off the keys. I believe in doing things every day. I read everyday, listen to music everyday, play sports or work out everyday, have a great cup of coffee everyday. When I think of retirement I am sometimes puzzled as to what I could add to my schedule, doing so much already – besides doing more of each. I do think of playing the piano because I could do it everyday or close to it.
Three months ago, following my way, I began studying German everyday, through the offices of Rosetta Stone. I’ve enjoyed the daily-ness of one lesson a day, generally ten minutes or so. I’m in no rush. I thought of this while looking at my piano just the other day. Then I thought, suppose I come up with a new rule: that I will play piano everyday that I am home. This new rule has “everydayness” going for it.
I’m trying something: instead of lessons or the extreme difficulty of playing the simplest Bach, I am going to learn to play and sing old songs, preferably sentimental ones. For my first I’ve chosen Love’s Old Sweet Song as it has a nice double entendre and appears in Joyce’s Ulysses. I will see if I prefer longing to play or actually playing.