Yesterday, I was so busy writing about having family over to visit that I neglected to mention something else that I was excited about... We got a piano!
My parents want us to learn how to play piano, even if it's just enough to sing along with once in a while. None of us have ever learned to play before (unless you count the keys lighting up on the keyboard to show us which keys to press for "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" of course), but we all love music. I sing and played percussion for four years (and still drum along to songs once in a while), in addition to learning guitar while in college; my brother also started on the drums for a bit, but didn't like them as much; my sister used to play the flute; my brother tried the euphonium for a year (you know, the smaller version of a tuba... that was loud...very loud); and my littlest sisters enjoy singing, though they are too little to have learned any instruments at school yet...they love making up songs for every little daily task that they do. So we've all got a bit (or a lot) of musicality in us, and my parents have always thought that t would be nice for us to learn piano. Now we have the chance.
My siblings all seemed excited to try out the piano. I'm not sure how much interest my brother will have as the novelty of a new item in the house wears off, but maybe he'll end up liking it. My sisters have all taken turns sitting in front of the piano playing with the different keys to see what kind of songs they can play. My mom showed them how to play "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and Twin B can actually almost play it already! Twin A spent the afternoon making up her own songs and accompanying herself as she sang.
I would love to learn to play piano if I can actually dedicate the time to doing so. I loved learning guitar because my mom and aunt used to play when they were younger, so it was fun to connect to them in a way. I had to stop taking guitar when I had a million classes to take for my majors and minor, but I hope to work on it again someday. My paternal grandmother used to play the piano, and my dad always says that he wishes she would have lived long enough for me to know her and to learn from her. Maybe if I learn to play the piano a bit, it will be like connecting to a piece of her even though I never had the opportunity to meet her.
I'm looking forward to seeing what we'll all be able to do with the new piano. I'm sure the thrill of it will wear off eventually, but hopefully we'll all stick with it. I think it would be pretty cool for all of us to sit around playing songs and singing together. At the very least, the piano is calming the twins down... my mom said that their ADHD took a backseat to the focusing part of the brain as my sisters played on the piano this afternoon, so that would be great if it can help them calm down a bit! We'll have to see how that goes!
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