Thanks for popping in!
Everything is set for the HOCHANDA TV Show
Looking forward to it!
Friday’s blog a private peek.
It’s all a bit manic here to be honest, so I am going to switch off from work if you don’t mind,
and tell you about something completely different.
Have I ever told you that we have an old piano?
It’s a beaut.
I bought it at an auction in San Francisco,
when we lived there many years ago.
It was a charity auction WEAVE,
Women Escaping A Violent Environment.
Good cause, important cause.
Anyway, back to the piano.
When my marriage ended over there,
the kids and I came home to England -
and the piano came with us!
it’s a Grand Upright and weighs a ton.
it’s been called a lot of things by various people who
have helped move it over the years!
Here we see Grace and Mark
using it as a climbing frame back in the States!
Mark’s had enough...
|Get me down!!!|
Ahhh.. look what I just found...
Grace always loved dressing up!
Anyway, back to the piano.
The kids and I had piano lessons for years.
Every Tuesday evening.
Mark was probably the only one of us
who actually retained anything!
When we moved it to this house,
we had to take a wall down to get it through the back door!
Lots of sweating and swearing then too, as I recall.
And now it has sat for years in the corner,
unloved and unplayed.
Well, I have decided I want to start again.
I want to learn how to play the piano again.
I did enjoy it - I just never made enough time to practice.
Trouble is, it really needs tuning.
So I googled a local piano tuner this week,
called his number and left a message,
asking him to call back and arrange a time.
As I hung up the phone, I scrolled down the Screen blurb
on piano tuners in the area, and came across a newspaper article about the gentleman I had just called.
So I clicked to read on...
His story stopped me in my tracks.
He is completely blind.
His blindness was caused when he was born prematurely.
Apparently the incubator let him down. Over-exposure to oxygen.
His twin died at six weeks.
According to the article, he is also a musical wizard;
trained in music at the Royal Blind School in Shrewsbury,
came third in the National Radio 4 Quiz Counterpoint in 2011.
It’s amazing isn’t it,
what you find out when you stop and take the time.
I have been thinking about him all week, actually.
I take my sight so very much for granted.
It is definitely deteriorating, but hey!
Glasses can correct that!
Imagine being blind though.
No paint, no colours, no art!
I ought to go blindfold for a whole day, just to get a glimpse,
an insight into that darkness.
Makes you think, doesn’t it.
As I have been prepping and working on my own up
in my art room,
I have been thinking about just how vital my eyesight is !
Yet this man found his creativity channel through music.
Apparently, he’s fully booked through to the New Year,
so my piano practice is on hold until then...
I wonder if he teaches too....
love & peace.