Thursday, March 02, 2006
ebony and ivory
For my 40th birthday, now a few years ago, I was 6 months preggo with the twins, big as a whale, hubby threw me a huge bday/pool party and got me a baby grand piano!!!
Now I don't come from a musically inclined family. When I was 10 years old, spent the summer in Spain with relatives and received from one of them this hand-made guitar. So upon my return to Canada, I started to take lessons. After a few years it was apparent I was OK but definitely not talented so gave it up. When going to my lessons I'd see the other kids taking piano lessons and knew that's what I wanted to do and swore I'd take lessons at one point in my life.
Then when big sis was about 3 years old, her teachers noticed her musical ability and encouraged us to pursue some music lessons. So we borrowed a keyboard from a friend and got her started with piano lessons. And I started learning right along her. So when the baby grand arrived we were both in heaven.
I love having a piano in the house. I've kept up with my self-teaching and enjoy playing it every once in a while. Planning to pick up real lessons at one point. It always attracts kids, like a certain summer day when Dani's boy was quite taken by it. It's great around Xmas time, playing and singing as a family.
After 7 years of lessons, big sis asked to take a break this year. We reluctantly agreed. She picked up the clarinette at school instead. But she still hammers the keys every once in a while and is starting to mention that she's missing it. And now, all of a sudden she decided that she would start teaching baby girl and baby boy. She has all the books. She wrote out a contract for us the parents establishing the monetary contribution required, she set up a system of cards and stickers for them, and off they go. She already got them to play a simple melody. Incredible. So now, every Monday night is piano lesson night right here in our living room!