I was at the grocery store the other day and ran into Julie, a friend from high school. As we were catching up she mentioned how much she disliked nagging her kids into practicing the piano. I asked if she played the piano, too. She got this faraway look on her face and said, “I can.” She paused, looked at the floor, and said, “I did.” Then she looked me straight in the eye and said “I don’t!” I thought I was going to wet myself I was laughing so hard. Not only because those three phrases beautifully illustrate most people’s piano-playing trajectories, but also because it brought to mind the plethora of “I can/I did/I don’t” skills I have. The piano, of course…but also castanets… tap dancing… calligraphy… ironing… you get the gist. ...
Apr 22, 2009