Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Piano

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

The piano is a big part of my life and who I am.  I started playing when I was 5 years old and took lessons off and on all the way through college.  It was definitely a battle with my mom in those earlier years to practice because I always wanted to do something like dance.  Of course, my mom ended up winning those battles and I was motivated by being in all kinds of festivals and competitions as I grew up.  I even started composing when I was in middle school and managed to win some state and regional competitions! 

Now, I am blessed with the opportunity to teach lessons, which I love so much.  I have 15 students, which keeps me busy during the week.  It is fun for me to pick out songs for them and to organize recitals and make newsletters and come up with other incentives. I love more than anything watching my students progress and find joy in music. 

 The best part of being able to play the piano though is when I am able to play for me.  I love sitting down at night when the kids are in bed and flipping through music- sightreading new songs, picking up old favorites, and well, just practicing (the thing I used to fight so hard against!)  Playing brings me the comfort of my warm childhood memories.  It always takes me to a happy place when I am feeling "off."
So, Mom, a little shout out.  Thank you!


Guin said...

You are amazing! I still remember you playing your song that you wrote for Andalucia and would love a copy. It is sooooo beautiful!

Hillary said...

I wish I lived close to you. I'd love to learn how to play!