on a weathered
bench I play
half a day!
How I wish
to pause the time
play the day away
on this piano of mine!
Every year when the Christmas season is over, I always wish I had spent more time playing through my favorite Christmas piano books.
Not this year!
I am determined to set aside time daily to play my favorite carols.
There is something special about sitting down with a good piano book, lit by Christmas lights, and just letting my hands dance across the keys. It’s like meeting an old friend for coffee and a little conversation. The piano books come to life as I read and play and reminisce about all the years I practiced and learned to play these old songs.
The first Christmas carol I ever learned to play was God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It was from a Muppet Christmas book with Kermit the Frog on the front of it. I played and played that song so many times that I thought I’d never want to hear it again. And yet, even now, when I play it- it’s like a home movie running through my mind. I remember what the keys felt like on my old piano and I can see the dimly lit dining room where I sat as a young girl.
When I sit at the piano and play, I feel like a kid at Christmas again.
So, what’s that one thing that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit?
Whatever it is- make time for it this year-
and DO IT!
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” – Sergei Rachmaninov
“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ― Leo Tolstoy
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven