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Aunt Margie was visiting us for a few days. She asked me to play something on the piano. I had been taking sessions for 6 or 8 years, but I didn’t like to practice, wasn’t very good and I got nervous if asked to play for others. I must have gone white. My aunt is the mother of 2 very accomplished musicians, I thought, and she wants to hear me play?!?
I took out a book of Cat Stevens songs and turned to the song Morning Has Broken. I had been practicing the piano intro to the song – 9 measures – and I had memorized it. Somewhat competently I managed to play the intro. I really leaned into my mini performance.
“Why did you stop?” she asked
“Um. That’s all I know.” I replied
“OK. Then learn it. I’ll wait.” Aunt Margie said as she pulled up a chair.
I’m not sure I know how I got through the next hour. But I remember that my aunt was encouraging but firm. By the end of an hour I learned another page, and I was feeling ok. I continued to practice during her visit with us.
After some years I stopped playing and settled in to a repertoire of 2 songs I could play well. They are: Debussy Arabesque No. 1 and the Cat Stevens arrangement of Morning Has Broken No one wants to hear ‘Arabesque’ so when pressed to play something, I usually play ‘Morning Has Broken
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