Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sing us a song, you're the piano girl!



We finally have a real piano!!! About a month ago Kitt's music was having a piano sale so my mom and I went to check it out. I called S. at work to have him help me decide. He basically gave me the go-ahead to get the one I wanted. It took me a while to decide, but I finally went for the nicer of the two I had narrowed it down to--a Kawai upright. It has the sound of a baby grand, and basically the only way up is to a grand piano. S.'s only comment was, "Do you really need a concert piano?" My reply, "No, but Boo might" (Seriously, she is amazing. Yesterday she played Ode to Joy by ear).

A couple features I love about it--the middle pedal you can move to the left to make it quiet. Unfortunately, Boo has figured out how to take it on and off, but the Little Man hasn't. I still have SOME sanity. And it has a slow fall cover for the keys--no smooshed fingers like on my mom's baby grand. For a few days after getting it S. would joke about getting his plasma tv now, but I clearly pointed out that something to develop a talent came before entertainment. We have a rule that you have to wash your hands before you play it. Boo is so good about it, and she always makes sure I have washed mine when I'm playing, too.

I think I can start to get over my bitterness towards my oldest sister getting my mom's upright. Here's the story: My mom used to tell us that the best pianist would get her upright after she got her baby grand. I practiced, and practiced and waited for the competition (okay, not really, but I still was up for the fight). Enter oldest child: the one who told my mom her secrets, the one with the big mouth (yes, Jean, you, but you never read this so why am I writing it?). She gets married, owns a house in Atlanta, and gets a calling at church to be the primary pianist. No more competition. Oldest child wins out--she gets the piano. My other sister, Mary and I are thinking, temporary, right? We are the ones who can actually play (no offense, Jean). Jeannie moves up here, and Mary now has a house (so it took us a little while to have a house), strange thing happens--Jeannie gets to KEEP the piano. First children always get the best stuff. Maybe parents do love their first a little more...(not me, Little Man, I love you both).

10 comments:

nessa said...

what a beautiful piano! and boo looks so cute in that picture!
some day when we are in a more permanent location I would love to get a piano.....someday.....

Amanda said...

Ben and I thought we had noticed you got a new piano. Very nice! I remember getting my fingers smashed in my parents upright when I was little. The things they come up with these days... amazing!

Sydney said...

It looks so great! I took lessons on both of your moms pianos! The piano at my house is so out of tune it hurts my ears. Maybe when I get a new one I'll start practicing again! hehe. Don't tell your mom.

Tracie said...

I sense a little sibling rivalry here. Here here on the comment that there is no one like the firstborn to Mama. My Mom has always had a special bond with Kevin, no matter how much I try to hypnotize her that I am in fact the favorite child.

Tracie said...

PS...your daughter is beautiful. You are in for it:)

henryteachers said...

Isn't it wonderful having a piano in your home? Boo is just beautiful, also she sounds like she is going to be one talented girl, thanks to you and S. Sorry you didn't get your family's piano. I think you may be onto something about the oldest child thing. I'm the oldest and my parents' piano is in my living room now. :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good to hear from you again.

Carrie said...

I noticed it in Little man's birthday pictures too! Another thing I keep forgetting to talk to you about! Where is my brain? I'm so excited for you! If I know anyone who should have a piano in their home, it is you! I wish I had your skills! Some of my favorite memories ever include standing next to you as you played primary or YW songs and we'd sing together. I'm not a fabulous singer, but I always tell people, when I sing next to you(childhood friend), I can sing(at least better than when not next to you). I have always been inspired by your playing and singing at the same time...not all piano players can pull that off. It's a beautiful talent that I hope Boo gets so she can marry Ryan and my grandchildren will learn it someday. Scott and I want a piano...but one that also plays itself so that we can have beautiful music in our home sooner (I never learned - sadly - I even took from your mom one summer, but I was too old and impatient to play "mary had a little lamb.") CONGRATULATIONS!

Carrie said...

Scott says...Julie isn't in for it with Boo because she's already spoken for! :)

Tracie said...

I am so so so so so sorry....if you want to find out, please refer to my blog.

tasha said...

when we got our piano I was so excited! Funny, no one notices it until I start playing and they all flock toward me. Except for Q, he has already written more songs than me!