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about the piano and an update

Today the new piano and organ in the seminary chapel were dedicated. We had a guest in to play a few songs. He made a comment that he thought it was easier to play the piano than to preach a sermon. I suppose it's all in the perspective... I was never a great pianist--I learned enough to play contemporary-style music, and my technique is very basic. I just don't have the dexterity to maneuver quickly and easily around the keyboard. Listening to Randy play, I was mesmerized. At some points I felt that he just let notes drop here and there and they happened to be the right notes at the right times. Of course, that wasn't true, but that's how naturally he played. At other times, he did these runs all up and down the keyboard, and it was as if no notes existed other than the ones that fit the chord. If I tried to do such a thing, I would overshoot the fingering if I went too fast! Then there were the times when he did trills with entire chords. There is just no way I could move my fingers that fast! I have difficulty even playing my own music at times! I think it's much harder to play... But then again, if I had dexterity like that and was not accustomed to speaking, I might have a different perspective.

Classes are in full swing now. I am truly enjoying this set, though I'm having difficulty getting organized. I think that much of my problem is due to pain flares which are weather-related. Indiana seems to be having an identity crisis between winder and spring lately. If it would make up its mind, I would be much more comfortable--and probably a bit more productive!

I am playing with the medication yo-yo again. My ophthalmic Prednisone dosage has been adjusted yet again because I am (already) showing signs of developing another membrane behind the artificial cornea. I am, of course, having difficulty remembering what to take when. No one has managed to invent a dosing box for eye drops. Too bad... Someone could make a fortune on such a thing. Perhaps I missed my calling!

There is no more to report--at least not that I can think of at the moment. I am not guaranteeing silence for a long while. I am reading profound stuff, which means that quotes may be appearing at random.


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Jan. 30th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
I can totally relate on the pain front--but I'm quite sure that that is no huge surprise for you! hehheh

We're experiencing the same weather that can't make up its mind what season we're in thing here too so.. Blah blah blah.

I have often wondered what my piano skills will be like whenever I start playing again. That won't be any time soon, as I have chosen to wait until my job and financial situation change before I plunk down money on a piano or keyboard. That is hard since the money for that purchase is sitting here waiting for the day when it is to be spent--but I can't justify it right now.

Anyway, when I used to play all the time I had pretty good technique--and while I was horrible at the classical stuff, I could play jazz and other contemporary pretty well---but I suffered even in college because of pain in my hands and wrists when it came to playing keys in people's bands and for my voice students. I haven't played in a long time, and while I know that I probably still can, I have no idea what that will be like given the state of everything that seems to go on with my hands and fingers these days. *frowns* Suppose whenever that time comes around I'll find out--I'll either tank, or maybe it won't be as bad as I think--but either way, I totally envy those people who don't have the sorts of hand and finger problems that we both do! Arg!
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Jan. 30th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm a goof!
I thought I had already friended you back! I just did... So if you want to back-read, feel free. [hugs]
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