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Thursday, November 13, 2014

MOONLIGHT SON-OF-A-NATA*


Seven years of piano lessons.  (I think this is about the time I quit.)  I could read music but I hated to practice.  End result?  I could play Sentimental Journey.  Badly.  Now I can't even play that.

* I didn't coin this phrase.  The great Danish pianist and comedian Victor Borge did.

12 comments:

  1. Sentimental Journey was the first (and only) song I learned on the clarinet. Someone must have written it to torment parents.

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    1. I struggled through a couple of years on clarinet, too.

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  2. Hey, that's our TV from around '56 in the background!
    Also I note that at 43f you are roughly 60 degrees warmer than me.

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    1. I left the old black-and-white tv in. I thought it would be interesting to some.

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  3. My piano playing experience is very similar to yours, only I can still still play the first ten bars or so of Mood Indigo--it generally takes sixteen to make a complete melody. We had the same piano teacher. I suspect many of her former students will tell the same story.

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    1. Funny thing. I doubt she ever assigned either Sentimental Journey or Mood Indigo to us!

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  4. I always wished I'd learned a musical instrument, but I never got around to it. I don't think I have any musical ability.

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  5. Bruce, you are a man for alll seasons.

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  6. I took 8 years of lessons & if I work REALLY REALLY hard I could probably play a song - but mostly I use it to practice my music for choir :)

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  7. Do you wish you could play now? Like Hugh Laurie maybe? That would be fun, I think.

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  8. How many of us regret having abandoned the piano? Nice to see a picture of you as a music student.

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