Practice

Not too long ago I wrote a blog entry about trying to learn a Nocturne in D flat major by Chopin. It was a long vexatious process, and today I am here to tell you that I have performed it — not perfectly but with heart and sometimes trembling fingers — all the way through for my teacher. When I was done, I stood and took a bow.

I started playing the piano at the age of 49. It was a life-long dream tucked into my brain that suddenly had to come out. I wanted to be not afraid of the keyboard. I wanted to have the physical hand-knowledge of producing sound. I wanted to play Beethoven. So it has become my very own supremely time-consuming, crazy mid-life crisis. And I count myself lucky.

Here is my friend, a woodcut print after Portrait of a Man by Jan Van Eyck.

Here is my friend, a woodcut print after Portrait of a Man by Jan Van Eyck. I insert him here to celebrate the creative impulse that is in all of us. And also because I love those tilted almond-shaped eyes.

I even love to play scales — up and down, fast, slow, in unison and contrary. That’s how crazy it is.

Welcome to my blog where I write about the art and craft of my business.My goal is to make beautiful things, to make art part of everyday life, and to make my friends and family smile. Not necessarily in that order.

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