I have loads of happy memories of my childhood, but this Memory is a memory in more than one sense.
It was 1981, and I hadn’t yet moved to Bath after my divorce.
Elaine Paige was playing Grizabella in Cats, and Memory was the climax of the show (not that I actually went to see it, and saw it on TV some time later).
I can still see me standing at the bar with a beer cloth in front of me ‘playing’ this tune as it filtered around in my head.
I’d never played it before, but could envisage the notes in front of me, and with my right hand, was working out the melody.
I had no access to a piano to play it for real, and so it was down to when I could that I tested out ‘my thoughts’.
Apart from the wrong key (I play in F# or the black notes for those not musically inclined), it was note perfect, and adding the accompaniment wasn’t a problem as I always make that bit up anyway.
It was the piece I played when I was choosing my piano in 1998 . I’d narrowed it down to two, both the same make, the same cabinet finish and same price. What clinched it was the keys themselves, as one had rounded edges and the other flat. I opted for the rounded keys as they were more comfortable against my fingers.