Just Jot Jan writing prompt: Jan 5

Today’s prompt word is Memories and provided by  Cage Dunn

I have a lot of happy memories from my childhood and recent adult years.
But the most ‘interesting’, if you can call it that, is my rendition of Elaine Page’s Memory from the musical ‘Cats’.

I have been lucky to be born with a natural gift for playing the piano by ear. I had lessons as a teenager, but my tutor took my Dad to one side and said he couldn’t teach me. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to learn, but after two years, he had finally cottoned on as to why I asked for my new piece to be played first. I was playing what I heard, not what was written.
My lessons ended, but not, excuse the pun, on a sour note, as it had been agreed that should I be forced to learn, I would grow to hate it and probably not play again.
It was way back in 1982 and I had moved away from my home town, thus didn’t have access to the family piano.
I remember standing at the bar in a social club whilst the partner of the time was drinking his fill and chatting to his equally drinking his fill Dad, and using the bar towels as an improvised keyboard.
There were no notes or anything on it, but it was big enough for me to visualise a couple of octaves, and plan the melody in my head.
It must have looked really funny seeing this woman hitting the towel with her fingers in a rather unusual manner, but I got it straight in my mind and a few weeks later when I did have access to a piano, I was able to play it right off with only a couple of adjustments.

I have never confidently managed to get that powerful key change at the end, but the actual melody turned out OK and is probably one of the best pieces I can play.
Of course it’s in the wrong key and the left hand notes are all my own interpretation, but hey, you can’t have everything and at least it’s recognisable!

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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15 Responses to Just Jot Jan writing prompt: Jan 5

  1. Ritu says:

    My parents wanted me to.learn the piano at a young age. Tgey were advised that my fingers were too small at that time! I took a few lessons before starting university as I thought it would be a great extra skill as a teacher. Sadly I don’t remember much… but can pick a simple tune and play it!

  2. I was always jealous of people who could hear a tune and play it on any instrument. I was always beholden to the sheet music (and that hasn’t changed).

  3. Michael says:

    I knew a few people who could play by ear. I was ‘taught’ piano by a sour old nun from whom I couldn’t get away quick enough and who taught me to dislike piano which I later regretted. But she did teach me enough theory for me to understand enough about music to write stuff later on.

  4. cagedunn says:

    Being tone deaf, I envy everyone who has a sense of music – but I do have the story playing in my head all the time, and when I write, I put music on – even if just to feel the rhythm if not the notes.
    We all have something.

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