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#1149578 - 01/06/06 03:19 AM Piano, the heart of the home  
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I find that when I visit homes that lack
a piano (or other musical instrument, but
particularly a piano...) they seem sterile
and without a heart.
If they have neither a piano or a pet,
and I have to stay there very long, it causes
grief...and I need to leave soon.
If there are no pianos, pets or plants, its
anathema!


The truest insights into a person's
character are two things:
1. How he treats people who cannot help him.
2. How he treats those who cannot
fight back.
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#1149579 - 01/06/06 05:42 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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I'm not so sure about sterile, but I'd agree with empty. There is a certain void of tangibles to me that the homeowners may get out of something else in the house, but with which I do not typically find myself associating. They may like art, or antiques, and so their houses are filled with these things. My grandmother is particularly fond of cruets (though she does have a piano, and did have a cat until the poor thing died...but she made it to 18 years old, which is a ripe old age for a cat).

I tend to associate with living things. I love cats...my favorite animal. Dogs can be cool, but cats are awesome. wink So a house devoid of animals creeps me out anyway. :p

But I can survive without a piano. If there is one, I tend to want to touch it, to play it, and when I go to people's houses, that's not supposed to be why I'm there. So, no piano is, to me, "no temptation". wink


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#1149580 - 01/06/06 09:01 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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A person has a voice in which to sing whereever one goes.

Also, hanna2222, you could take a keyboard around with you to those places.

The worst thing is a house with a piano used as a beautiful decoration adorned with all kinds of things and one is afraid to even ask to touch it!

#1149581 - 01/06/06 09:48 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Hanna2222 or are you a Linda,

I looked at your profile and it says you're a spiritual counselor. Sounds wonderful, but I found this particular post somewhat judgmental. Are you having a bad day?

#1149582 - 01/06/06 03:38 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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I must agree with Steve Chandler - your post sounds judgemental. I think that its something else that gives home a heart... love, warmness, welcome, people...

Maka


Attitude is everything.
#1149583 - 01/06/06 03:44 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Or a huge pile of homemade muffins...

I love live music in a house. Also plants. But pets? I prefer books.


That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. - H. D. Thoreau
#1149584 - 01/06/06 07:51 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Ooops...sorry to offend...
Perhaps I was a bit off...probably wrote it
at 3 AM....
menopause insomniac...
Sorry gang.


The truest insights into a person's
character are two things:
1. How he treats people who cannot help him.
2. How he treats those who cannot
fight back.
#1149585 - 01/06/06 09:00 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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I didn't find your thoughts offensive. Your post sounded more poetic than literal. I don't think you literally meant you would leave a house right away or earlier than planned due to a lack of a piano. I took it to mean, it just seems like somethings missing to you. I guess when I see a home without a piano and no one talks about music, I just figure - must be a group of people with other interests other than making music. I look around the house to find what their other interests or hobbies may be - maybe a book collector, cook, doll collector, golfer, etc.

#1149586 - 01/07/06 04:44 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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While I always delight to find a good piano in a house, preferably one which is often played and is not merely an ornament, I cannot say its absence makes me feel anything in particular. By and large I find the heart of a home to be the people who live there. If I like the people I don't really care much about either the house or its contents.


"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" - Aleister Crowley
#1149587 - 01/24/06 05:09 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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The only thing worse than no piano in the house is a piano in the house that's not being used.

Best, John


Stop analyzing; just compose the damn thing!
#1149588 - 01/24/06 06:34 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Originally posted by Johnny-Boy:
The only thing worse than no piano in the house is a piano in the house that's not being used.

Best, John
Wow, You have only been on this forum for such a short time and already I've read at least 3 really good points you have made including this one! You should write a book of all your quotes.

#1149589 - 01/24/06 09:16 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Quote
Originally posted by hanna2222:
I find that when I visit homes that lack
a piano (or other musical instrument, but
particularly a piano...) they seem sterile
and without a heart.
If they have neither a piano or a pet,
and I have to stay there very long, it causes
grief...and I need to leave soon.
If there are no pianos, pets or plants, its
anathema!
I think it would make for a good lyric in a folk song. Add to it change a few things maybe, what Johnny-Boy said and what
Quote
Originally posted by Derulux
"But I can survive without a piano. If there is one, I tend to want to touch it, to play it, and when I go to people's houses, that's not supposed to be why I'm there. So, no piano is, to me, "no temptation"
Peace smile


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#1149590 - 02/20/06 10:31 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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What are the odds on the average home having a piano ... remembering that the vast majority of the population are musically illiterate and can't sight-read keyboard music.

My educated guess is .01% or less than one in a hundred ... and this small percentage is likely to be largely represented by the affluent monied moguls who can employ Interior Designers to throw in a grand piano as a bizarre item of sophisticated decoration.

Hope the illiterate majority own a pet and remember to water their roses ... otherwise some of our ardent music lovers are likely to find piano-minus home visits mercilessly taxing.

But then, as the Gershwins so ably penned ...
"It Ain't Necessarily So".

#1149591 - 02/20/06 09:37 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Originally posted by Derulux:
If there is one, I tend to want to touch it, to play it, and when I go to people's houses, that's not supposed to be why I'm there. wink
I agree. So it annoys me when people have a piano that no one plays. I like pianos as an instrument, and when no one in the house plays, it's like "why did you get a piano?"

I usually play my piano to delight the little kids that come over. You'd be suprised at how many little toddlers have an interest in piano music. You've got to get them into it before they're taste in music is tainted by modern wastes of time and such.


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#1149592 - 02/20/06 09:42 PM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Those pianos that nobody plays are also those pianos that nobody tunes. mad

John :p


Stop analyzing; just compose the damn thing!
#1149593 - 02/22/06 11:01 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Originally posted by Johnny-Boy:
Those pianos that nobody plays are also those pianos that nobody tunes. mad

John :p
Sad, but true. My sister inherited a Steinway from my Stepmom. 20 years ago it was a pretty nice instrument. I'd bet it hasn't been tuned in 10 years. I tried to talk her into selling it, but she's emotionally attached to an instrument she doesn't play (nor anyone in the family), doesn't maintain and thinks is worth a lot more than it is. It was built in the 1930s and to my knowledge has not been rebuilt. So rather than cause an emotional rift in the family I bought an Estonia 190. I have a great piano in my home.

#1149594 - 02/22/06 11:14 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Quote
Originally posted by hanna2222:
I find that when I visit homes that lack
a piano (or other musical instrument, but
particularly a piano...) they seem sterile
and without a heart.
...
If there are no pianos, pets or plants, its
anathema!
The quickest way to give a home heart, and DEFINITELY to make it less sterile, is to have some kids around. wink


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#1149595 - 02/22/06 11:23 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
The quickest way to give a home heart, and DEFINITELY to make it less sterile, is to have some kids around. wink [/QB]
Absolutely, especially the less sterile part. If you're a clean freak keep the Lysol handy.

#1149596 - 02/25/06 09:23 AM Re: Piano, the heart of the home  
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I think that people are part of "soul groups"
artists with artists, musicians with musicians,
etc.
math profs with math profs...
When I am in a home with a piano, or with
pets, I feel like I'm with my own soul
group...hence feeling more comfortable.
Didn't mean to make it sound so negative.


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character are two things:
1. How he treats people who cannot help him.
2. How he treats those who cannot
fight back.

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