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That's All I Know

Circa 1980

Fair Haven, NJ

 

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

 

Roberta Glaser

Posted by Roberta Glaser
Wednesday January 5, 2022 at 12:24 pm
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