Monday, February 8, 2010

play a song for me.



My middle name, Ruth, came from my mom's dear friend who taught piano lessons to my older siblings. Later, when we lived in California, I remember listening in on their lessons and going to piano recitals. I also remember crying because I wanted lessons of my own (truth be told, I cried a lot as a child, and still do).

I only took formal piano lessons for about two years, but I've loved playing and teaching myself ever since. I could sit for hours at the piano and play to my heart's content. Part of it is my love for music and the other part is the way my hands feel across the keys, making something beautiful.

After years of being without a piano and searching for one I loved, we brought home an old upright piano this weekend. It's from 1905 and although it could definitely be in better shape, I think it's just perfect.

38 comments:

  1. It's beautiful!! I have always wanted to play the piano.

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  2. ooohhh so pretty! (the piano AND the books) I keep trying to figure out how to justify buying a piano when I'm single and move once a year.

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  3. beautiful. i can't wait to get a house so that i can exchange my digital piano for the real thing.

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  4. it looks like it is in amazing shape. so beautiful. where did you find it?

    wish i had taken more lessons too.

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  5. your new piano is beautiful! congrats.

    i regret not practicing once i started college. it does feel beautiful to create something with your hands.

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  6. that is beautiful!! I want to buy one when my daughter gets a little older so I can teach her to play.

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  7. It is BEAUTIFUL! Good for you.

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  8. found it on craigslist! of course.

    it's in great shape on the outside. the sound could be better, but i kind of love how old pianos sound anyway.

    what i failed to mention is: now our dining table & chairs barely fit in the room... woops.

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  9. your comment made me smile.

    i want one too. and suddenly it's all i think about. i cry out of excitment for it someday happening all of the time. i am so crazy.

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  10. It is beautiful. I've never been musical, but I would like to have a piano in my home. I want my kids to learn and play songs for me. ;)

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  11. I'm still a little jealous of how pretty your piano is. I love playing too, but don't play enough. What a shame.

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  12. I love it angela and I am so jealous because I have also been wanting one for years. How did you find it?

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  13. I love it angela and I am so jealous because I have also been wanting one for years. How did you find it?

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  14. that's a beautiful piano and it looks really great up against the green wall with the yellow rug. very beautiful.

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  15. oh, old pianos have the best sound! ours is from around the same time as yours. congratulations on such a great find!

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  16. I have that same milk glass dish! :)

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  17. i am shocked that this post wasn't one long, extended thank you to those individuals who put their bodies on the line to transport said piano.

    i'd keep typing, but my hernia is flaring up.

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  18. clint, i'm horribly ungrateful. sorry. THANK YOU to everyone who helped move it... cookies coming soon.

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  19. that is awesome. congrats! and ps i am completely jeal. i always want to go sit in front of a piano to just let out all of my emotions, but i wouldn't know where to begin! FACE? that's pretty much the extent of my knowledge :)

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  20. It's beautiful, Angela! I love the piano too. Even if they didn't play music I would still want one in my home because they are such pretty pieces of furniture!

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  21. oh i love it! the dark wood is stellar. glad you finally got one!

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  23. i really like it angela. i'm excited to come see it. even if it sounds like crap... it looks awesome.

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  24. We are inheriting a gorgeous piano. none of us know how to play but i hope my kiddos pick it up fast.

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  25. Beautiful! Our piano at home looks a lot like this...

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  26. you and craigslist. i'm always so impressed.

    hope you don't mind, but i borrowed your method of music-share. i've enjoyed your downloads. you know me and music :)

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  27. i wish i could play the piano like you do. maybe i should sign up for lessons...from you now that you have a piano. it would be so fun!

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  28. it looks really great. esp. with your books on top. i am thrilled for you.

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  29. yay! so beautiful. i love piano. i was forced as a child to play, and am so grateful now. my bro is a pianist and has the most beautiful compositions! it looks so lovely with your yellow carpet!

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  30. amazing. so happy for you!! You play beautifully by the way:)

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  31. where is your lovely rug from?

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  32. I love it. Have you seen the old upright piano that sits in the corner of The Pita Jungle (a restaurant in Gilbert). It is my dream piano. Congrats on the great find.

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  33. nicole - the rug is from pottery barn. it was an 'outdoor rug' so it was only like $80 or so for an 8x10. score.

    liz - that's my dream piano too :( i tried to ask them if i could buy it, and they laughed at me. it's beautiful. i'm glad i found one i love almost as much.

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  34. Excellent post. There is nothing like playing the piano.

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