And we do it because????

When we knew we were going to downsize our property in 2013, I decided to sell my piano. It was the only thing we’d put into professional storage when we sold the previous bungalow in 2007 as everything else was either sold with it, disposed of to charity, or stored in mother in-law’s summerhouse.
One of the disadvantages when looking for property then was trying to work out where it would go in potential new homes, but that wasn’t why I decided to sell it six years later.
I wrote an in depth post about it here,  though the original was written in 2013.
As it turned out, we would never have got it on the boat anyway, though apparently if we had one commissioned to our own specifications, they could have built the boat round it!
Photo: our boat at Offenham 2015

My music has always been important to me, and has seen me through a lot.
Yet I lost the pleasure in it. To play became an effort and a chore, not a joy or anxiety release, and it wasn’t all to do with the pain in my hands because of arthritis. I’d play the same songs, never exactly the same way twice, but they were always the same ones, simply because there was nothing I’d listened to or heard that encouraged me to pick out the notes, then add my own fiddly bits for my personal interpretation.
Music today is rarely tuneful or pleasant on the ear. It is noise, erratic beat, wailing, squawking, screaming, droning and dull.
In 1969/70, T-Rex had a number one hit with Ride a White Swan. Radio DJs jokingly called it the Radio tuning note as it was all based on one note and one chord.
There are many popular and successful songs which IMO are equally dire, and I can play them with my eyes (and ears) shut, but why bother? I don’t because there is no pleasure in it, and I can’t ‘tart it up’ to make it sound better! Well, to me anyway.
Over recent weeks, the choices in the musical challenges have awakened old memories of songs I had long forgotten I could play that were neither dull, noise, or painful to listen to.
Years ago, I could sit at a keyboard in excess of three hours and not play the same tune twice. Those days may be long gone, but there are a few songs that have come to light in said challenges that I have never tried to play, and once I get them straight in my head, I will sit down, pick out the melody, and add my own accompaniment, just as I used to.
We all see, and hear, things differently, same as we appreciate different things. The original means of pleasure in my playing may have slipped a notch, so like everything else, it’s time to tweak it into the present day and enjoy my natural gift again.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour 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! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to And we do it because????

  1. You are very lucky to have learned to play the piano, Elizabeth. It was something I always wished I could do. I gave both my sons the opportunity of learning. Greg passed his grade 5 examinations and then gave up playing. I was sad but it was his choice. You can’t live through your kids.

    • I had lessons when I was about 12, but it took 2 years for my teacher to realise why I asked him to play my new piece first. I played what I heard, not what was written. He told my Dad it wasn’t that I didn’t want to learn, but if I was forced, I’d grow to hate it and wouldn’t play at all. I have a natural gift and it would be a shame to lose that. Good advice.

  2. lbeth1950 says:

    I’ve always yearned to play the piano. It must be glorious to make music. I do admire you. It’s good you are getting back to it.

  3. Sadje says:

    Your love of music is a great gift.

  4. murisopsis says:

    So nice that you have a piano again! I made son#2 a deal when he was 8 years old – He continues the violin and once he finishes book 8 he can quit… He finished book 10 (as high as he could go). He is now a musician playing viola and violin – he plays in an orchestra, a quartet, gives lessons and works in a music store. He thanked me for not letting him quit. He just got a piano – an upright for free. He had to pay to move it from the warehouse to his home but that was his only cost – the piano store just wanted their excess “trade ins” to go to good homes instead of a land fill! They made them available to music students and local musicians.

  5. willowdot21 says:

    I envy you that tallent keep it going 💜

  6. Carol anne says:

    I’d love to hear you play Di! Some time you should record it and then put it on here! xoxo

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