Friday, December 3, 2021

One, two, three, and four

                            Photo: L.A. Cicero 

 He could hear the music and feel it.  His grandmother’s touch, ringing pure and precise, echoed around this empty room.  Her words were there, reminding him “Fingering!  Tempo!  Correct…sit up tall…”

The music played in his mind, while the fingers moved, waiting for her older hand to join with his: Two generations performing music written centuries before. 



Apologies for the voice over in this Synchrony Financial commercial
 
"Any changes?...No, still the same...It was just a fall!  A simple fall...I saw it happen, so quickly...What does the doctor say?...Time, just time...But his fingers, see how they move!...

Timing, have to remember the timing.  Grandmother insists on perfect timing. Oh, why are they talking during this recital?  Don't they know how rude that is?

One, two, three, and four...

"Will he come out of this...sleep...this coma?"  I don't know.  Like he said, it is a matter of timing and time...

I have observed pianists at a recital sitting in the audience and playing the notes silently in their laps.

This is a re-post of  October 1, 2014. Playing a piano with one you love would be so amazing.


24 comments:

  1. Very moving post! And I like that video, even with the voice-over.

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  2. Rather amazing to see the two hands playing together so well.

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    1. Hard to imagine the talent something like that would need.

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  3. Yep, I am here minding my own business when from across the table comes piano music. "What is that?" I asked. "The contemplativecat" my girl says. So here I am. Love it and remembering my mama wasting 50 cents on my one and only piano lesson, BUT, but my sister Shirley, a different story, she went on to be VERY GOOD made mama proud. Mama also played a little.
    Loved the entry. We still have Shirl's piano in the front room. The great grands love to 'beat' on it. I remember Josh one of the grands, used to 'beat' on a piano so I do not fuss, Josh today can play ANYTHING on those keys, So some start just banging for the sound.
    Sherry & jack Good entry loved the visit, Sherry got her first today. LOL

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    1. Our children beat our piano when they were kids. I played and two sat on either side. #3 would dance. Now all three play well.
      Now I have a quality piano, made when I was born. Consignments stores pick up and try to sell items people want to get rid of and hope it finds a new home.

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  4. That would be an amazing skill to master. I do hope the composers also hear it from beyond...

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    1. There are composers out in the talent pools who could write like that.

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    1. I know, I know. Put the video above and watch their hands dance over the keys. It made me sad as well.

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  6. I never got any good at the piano. I imagine two playing together is much like musicians playing together in a band. Same idea, anyway. Different in practice.

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    1. I cannot imagine the skill and talent doing that would require.

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    1. Pianos are the most honest instrument of all.

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  8. I wish my fingers could learn to do that. One look at my spelling mistakes prove they don't.

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    1. Hehe. My fingers got lazy when I had hand surgery.

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  9. Sorry this is a generic message, but it's all I could pull together. Late Thursday as I headed to the basement, I caught my sleeve on the railing and lost my balance. I fell down 13 of the 14 steps to the basement floor. I laid there for what seemed like hours, but in reality was probably little more than 20-30 minutes. When I was able to get up, I realized I had hurt my back enough that all I could do was lie on it. I have trouble sitting or standing. I hope you understand. If I normally visit you every day, I hope/plan to feel better by Monday. Thanks for your support and understanding. PLEASE, NO SYMPATHY. It was my own stupidity.

    I can play chopsticks if you show me the first two keys!

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    1. I have to pay attention to my steps. Have fallen too many times, some not bothersome and others that I am in a bad shape forever it seems. But, you beat me. Take it easy.

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  10. I'm not musically inclined but I love listening to those that are! I think just being able to play a piano would be amazing! I have kids who play guitar and drums and my oldest can play a little piano too. I'm glad they got that gene from place! Have a good weekend!

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    1. I listen with such amazement at their talent!

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  11. I have never played piano... I used to enjoy a pianist John Boswell, but I'm not sure he's active anymore...

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  12. Hi Susan - I'm musically challenged - but would love to be talented and to let the notes flow ... but do understand music helps those who are ill, or in a coma - we hear about the positives now-a-days. Lovely piece - sad, but true and with hope. Cheers Hilary

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!