Its a pretty big deal when someone learns a new musical instrument, let alone when they're 63 years old and that instrument is a piano.This story is about my journey and how it led me to Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Last year I came home to find a delightful surprise on our kitchen counter. A little plastic case with Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse. I thought my hubby had brought a present for me, but then I learned this packet of goodies was for his young student.
He said his adult student wanted to learn to play "Heart & Soul." I said I wanted to Heart & Soul too, and could I please have a Beethoven Bear & Mozart Mouse of my own?
I asked for piano lessons and so the hubby agreed to teach me. For the first few months, I played on his grand piano, which is grand indeed. But when I asked him if I could put some post-its on the keys to help me learn bass cleff, he said no:-(
That's when I got the idea to move Bobbie Pin into the living room so I'd have my own practice piano. This 100-year-old piano got its name when my husband took it apart for maintenance and found several hair pins inside.
I loved, loved, loved playing on Bobbie Pin. Until one day the hubby said the old girl just couldn't hold a pitch anymore. He suggested I use our electronic keyboard, but I didn't like that idea at all, cause I'm an old fashioned gal.
So we went shopping for a used upright piano for me. I wanted something with a dark tone, not a bright tone, and I wanted it in finished wood tones, not black. We went to 3 different shops and then spotted this Charles Walters beauty and sealed the deal.
I was so excited when the new piano was delivered, and also glad we didn't have to do the piano moving. I've helped the hubby move pianos many times over the years, and had paid my dues.
Before they wheeled out Bobbie Pin, I wrote a letter for the new owners and put it inside the old girl.
Bye - Bye old girl. I hope she finds a good home.
But sad to say, the piano movers attempted to wheel the new piano in place without placing it back on the dolly. This unfortunately scratched our floors. The piano store was so, so sorry and offered to make it right. We couldn't find anyone to work on our engineered hardwood floors so the hubby did the repairs and the piano company reimbursed us. We were happy with the results, and also the nice way the piano store treated us. Very professional. But it took about a week before we could move the new piano back in the room, so there was a bit of delayed gratification.
But finally, my Charles Walters Piano was all set to play. It is so, so, different than Bobbie Pin, and it's so special, I decided to name it Bonnie Prince Charlie.
And so here I am with a piano all my own. And sitting on the piano are my two muses -- Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse. Oh, and yes, I can now play Heart &Soul.