Of course I'm joking. I do not play the piano any more.
I looked at this page for the first time in around 18 months last week and I could not believe that the last post in the Piano Lounge was on the 16th June, so I thought I HAD to return!
How are you and Eric keeping? And do you still insist on the mobile convector heater effectively placed next to the organ every Sunday at Fingest with both bars on?
Don't be soft, you're talking to a woman whose body thermostat regularly rockets up to 180 degrees - I revel in cold churches!dave brum wrote: do you still insist on the mobile convector heater effectively placed next to the organ every Sunday at Fingest with both bars on?
Who's Paul Lewis?
You MUST keep playing, even if it's just for your own amazement, as an old friend of mine used to say...
This is Britain's got proper talent, no chavs who can't sing dance or play. He was playing a live session on In Tune last week as I was preparing a chili con carne for our evening meal and he was absolutely supercalorfragilistically expialidocious, as the Sherman brothers may have articulated!
No negativity on this thread, or whingeing on about not being able to play the piano etc. I have a one day a week job at an Oxfam Books and Music shop and I've been put 'in charge' so to speak, of the classical CDs and sheet music. Since I've been there the number of shelves of CD's have increased from three to four shelves full. The sheet music has been sorted into categories (piano, violin, learn piano, learn violin, choral/scores etc) and was dramatically increased last week. Old ABRSM piano and violin stuff would be perfect for a music student in Brum and a fisherman making his living in cyclone-hit India. For 49p! There's also loads of Pauline Hall Piano Time teaching material, didn't work for me but would probably work for someone else....again for 49p a go. The shop manager has been cajoled into getting a small filing cabinet for sheet music, which means MUCH MORE of the stuff. That new OB&M in Solihull has competition!
So being a former pianist certainly has its uses in some particular fields!
So stopping there, not wishing to advertise the shop as the destination for cheap music in Birmingham, I also have become a good cook. I bake my own loaves, rolls and biscuits. I've done curries, meat pies (from scratch), lasagne al forno and all manner of tasty cakes...and so much more filling that anything that's sold down the supermarket!
Yesterday, I had the honour (if honour is the correct word) of visiting my mother-in-law and taking her out to a pub lunch. We arrived at the care home in which she lived and the local (Anglican) vicar was half way through doing a church service, indispersed with the odd hymn or two played on his portable 'Mitsusushi electronic raw-fish corporation' CD player. Afterwards, the vicar and his wife came over to me and we got into a conversation about Benjamin Britten and Coventry Cathedral, in which he sang, and then about choirs in general. I asked Mrs.Rev if the music on the hymn CD was in fact from the choir of their village church and she said no, the Church choir folded months ago because they just could not get a pianist to play for choir practice, following the popping orf of their last one.
It seems that in ecclesiastical circles, the availability of pianists and organists is dwindling, much to the commercial gain of the in-house of God audio industry. Increase those fees, Gill!
A churchwarden told me he stood up at a Synod meeting and asked if anyone had a spare organist. He said the laughter didn't stop for a good 5 minutes.
You must get a few looks driving that to chapel on a Sunday to play! Any organ gigs this weekend then??
As it's sign written leaving it outside the churches is like leaving up a noticeboard - I've had a few tunings from it!
I used my hands in a different way, eight dinner rolls (two of which will be our lunch tomorrow) and 48 ginger nuts this afternoon. Unlike Mr.McVitie, you cannot get them into your cakehole cos' they're so large and you can actually taste the stem ginger in them.
The Mothership eh?? The same one who used to make you relentlessly practice your scales and arpeggios instead of a spot of the old Bill and Ben?????
Yes, it was raining old women and sticks here all night and most of this morning. And there was an oxymoronic 'fun' run this morning in which the rector was participating. I bet he wished he was warm and toasty and dry in the church dishing out communion!