Scales (and it has nothing to do with weight)

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Fingers fumbling through flats and sharps, stumbling over staccatos.

Mercifully deaf to the cacophonic dissonance, I confuse fortissimo with pianissimo and push my ambidexterity's limits through unskilled arpeggios.

A daydream about Rachmaninov concertos renews my inspiration. Prematurely, I attempt a jazz riff.

The well-eared Piano for Dummies crashes onto the keys. Disheartened, I break for a cappuccino - seemingly the only Italian word I understand.

But tomorrow I will try again, hoping that a distinctly unmusical old dog of nearly thirty can be taught a new trick, or at least a new tune.

Nicely rejected ("nicely," because I received a personal e-mail encouraging me to "please try again," whereas my previous attempts didn't even warrant a response) by The Washington Post for their Life is Short "give us some insight into your life in 100 words or less" weekly contest.

So, next week I'll compose a new vignette and try again.

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pylorns said:

i never learned the piano.. but i did learn some other instraments.

That's perserverance, sister! You go!

mice said:

Rachmaninov makes me cry.

martha said:

that was one of my favorite features in the Post when I lived in DC and was a subscriber...

smoores said:

I played the violin for about 10 years and Bach was by far hands down my absolute FAVORITE! Air in G minor..wet my pants! Then you've got Pac Bal..another quasi boring but good composer..the best of which is the ever so popular wedding song Cannon..which of course is pretty damn hard to play. Anywho..keep practicing..I've found it's the only way for me to suck less.

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  • smoores : I played the violin for about 10 years and Bach was by far hands down my absolute FAVORITE! Air in G... [go]
  • martha : that was one of my favorite features in the Post when I lived in DC and was a subscriber...... [go]
  • mice : Rachmaninov makes me cry.... [go]
  • AirMatix : Deja vu!... [go]
  • Cleveland Natalie : That's perserverance, sister! You go!... [go]
  • pylorns : i never learned the piano.. but i did learn some other instraments.... [go]
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