24 Reasons I Love the Piano

I admit it. I wrote a post called “19 Reasons I Hate the Piano”.

 I guess I was feeling a bit annoyed that day.

But these days I need a dose of gratitude. With all of the bad news going around I knew I needed to take stock of the things I am thankful for. I really am so very thankful for the piano and for music. I had actually finished (but didn’t publish) this post before the COVID 19 situation I feel that this might be a good “pick me up” for teachers as we head into month 7 of this new and unfamiliar world. I hope this finds all of you safe and your families well.

I started out playing the violin and played in the orchestra all the way through high school. I took private lessons for two years with an amazing teacher. Marilyn Benachowsky was a Julliard Graduate and had retired from her position as concertmistress with the Detroit Symphony! I loved her but I barely practiced my violin. Though my teacher was amazing, and I think the violin is beautiful (when someone else plays it) I was also studying the piano and when practice time came around the 88 keys always won out over the bow and strings.

When I was seven years old, my pop bought an antique player piano. The kind that uses paper rolls of music with holes that you pump air through, the keys go up and down and make music. (That’s my best explanation).

Anyway, as soon as I saw that piano, I wanted to play it. I took me a while to convince my mom to send me to lessons but she did and that, as they say, was IT!

So, here are 24 reasons I love, love, love the piano.

Some of the reasons are serious and some are just well…silly. Have fun reading.

1- Pianists don’t need other musicians – Playing the piano means being self-sufficient. I can play with others if I wish to, but the piano is just fine all by itself. (And these days that’s a big deal.)

2- Pianists can play any style of music. – The piano is a versatile instrument. Classical, pop, jazz just about any style of music can be played on the piano. Other instruments can do this as well, but the piano easily lends itself to many genres.

3- I get to play lots of different pianos – Most musicians bring their instruments with them wherever they go. As piano players, we play whatever is at the venue. I have gotten to experience playing some amazing pianos. Pianos that I could never afford to buy myself.

Of course, I have also come across some really bad pianos, but that’s a subject covered in another post.

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The Arts…Who needs ‘em?

“We live in this world in order always to learn, and to enlighten each other by means of discussion and to vigorously promote the progress and the fine arts.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Art is not a thing, it’s a way”.

Elbert Hubbard

“To send light into the into the darkness of men’s hearts, such is the duty of the artist.”

Robert Schumann

Five – six – seven – and point and point hop back two three, lift two three, lift two three…

I’m sitting here on a Saturday afternoon listening to my granddaughter’s Irish dance teacher teaching her to do the reel. Why does this make me so happy? Why do we need dance, or music, or art, or literature for that matter? Why?

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