Once upon a time a piano was a beautiful musical instrument, a centrepiece of the family home, a fine piece of furniture around which everyone gathered - a place for performance and shared enjoyment.
Now, people are move devoid of time, physical space in the home, and the social experience of gathering around a piano seems long gone for many.
I was brought up in a home with a beautiful old upright grand piano. I wrote about this in detail almost 18 months ago in my post titled "Back at home in front of 88 keys". To quote in part:
"That old Beale piano still lives in my childhood home. I've known it since I was too small to reach up to the keys. Some of the hammers don't strike the way they used to and the tuning has found its own way here and there. But with my parents currently overseas and a trip to the old house planned, I can't wait to make that back room sing with its sound again".
This sentiment isn't universal unfortunately, with the NBC clip stating that in the last century piano sales have fallen by more than 80%. Additionally, many piano movers are nowadays also piano dumpers.
Just a few days ago I posted about the Californian piano "liberator" and musician Mauro FFortissimo's work in rebuilding a piano, placing the inside on the outside. What a great way to give new life to an ageing and otherwise unwanted instrument.
Each day I drive past a beachfront home with a beautiful black baby grand overlooking the ocean, in front of huge open windows. Not once have I seen a soul near the instrument. It stands alone, perhaps little more than a showpiece.
I feel like the young girl in the video clip - it's not just a keyboard, it's something I feel very connected to and want to play.
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