Here’s a lovely tune, Opus 23, a piano solo by Dustin O’Halloran. The video for this was uploaded to Utube by O’Halloran himself (that is so cool). The animation is by Marco Morandi. You may recognize this song, it was in Marie Antoinette. The video part was not.
Although music is a big part of what I enjoy in life, I do not know how to play any instruments.
In the house next door to where I grew up, there lived a mean old lady. She was not in any way a joy to visit, always frowning and scolding. But hell, she had a piano in that house. So I’d go visit her often, even though I was only about six years old because she would let me play on her piano. She never played for me or tried to teach me anything. I never asked, either.
One birthday my grandmother got me an organ. She’d noticed I was always on hers while visiting. It only had about 15 keys. Nothing like the keyboards of today. It was a play by number type thing and I played it until it finally broke. By the time this happened, my old bitter neighbor had died.
This is probably my biggest regret in life, not learning to play an instrument. A friend of mine says anyone can learn an instrument at any age, in fact, I worked with an ER doc who was taking piano lessons for the first time at the age of 35.
When I tell my children there is a gap in my life where the know how to play something should be, they try to fill it, to teach me how to play their instruments. I’m just happy they are in the position to do that.