One of my New Year's non-resolution resolutions was to start playing piano again.
It's been about 30 years since I've played,but this past summer we got a great deal on a used piano and we bought it so our Granddaughters could take lessons.
I've hacked around a bit on it...you know...chopsticks, The House of the Rising Sun, Love is Blue. All the songs I memorized 30 years ago.
Mr. Jenny was impressed.
"Wow," he said, "You know how to play really good!"
I went to the music store and stocked up on cool sheet music. The first song I decided to tackle was "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day. It didn't look that hard.
And after I brought the sheet music home, I told Mr. Jenny to let me warm up a bit and then I would play it for him.
Somehow along the way, I forgot how to read music. All the little dots and lines just blurred together into a quagmire of something undecipherable. Obviously playing piano isn't much like riding a bike. Although I haven't tried that in about 30 years either...
A few minutes after I figured that hard truth out, Mr. Jenny came out to the living room with a big smile on his face. "I'm ready to hear it!" he said.
I told him I was a little rusty. And it might be a few days before I would be ready to play it. And that I needed time alone to concentrate.
And then when he left the room, I dug through the piano bench and found the books our Grands used over the summer.
I turned a few pages and found a really, really cool song. After a few minutes practice I mastered it. OK, technically I haven't mastered it yet, but the notes being numbered with the correct fingers to use helps a lot!
And I think it's actually a wayyyy cooler song than "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" anyway.
Who wants to hear Green Day when they can listen to an emotional rendition of...
"The Wind Sock" is a haunting piece of music that will make your heart soar and has lyrics that speak directly to your heart.
Down at the airport, the wind sock is flying. It shows all the pilots which way the wind blows.
With great songs like this at my disposal, I may just have to wait to January 2012 to tackle Boulevard.