My New Love

There she is.

My new love.

Appropriately under a collage of Doisneau photos and next to some flowers.

My new piano!

We haven’t been together long, but it’s the real deal.

Yes! I bought a digital piano and it makes me so happy!

I had never heard of this proverb until reading this essay, but I think it’s true: β€œPlay the piano daily and stay sane.”

You might remember back in the new year I made 2012’s theme all about play. I assembled a micro piano to tide me over, but now I have a real one. It has already transformed my daily routine. It has already started beating back the winter blues.

It’s been 15 years since I even touched a piano, so I’m reteaching myself all of the basics. But it’s remarkable what is still inside, too.

The piano came with a book of many classical songs. I found a few I had played when I was a little kid. I sat down and played one straight through as if I had just seen it yesterday. That flash of muscle memory was incredible. It makes me wonder what else we carry so deep inside without even realizing.

The first song I wanted to teach myself was “Falling Slowly.” (I just watched the movie “Once” again and cried my eyes out. You know, crying in that good, cathartic kind of way).

I’ve already got the chorus, which I find infinitely pleasing. Big chords, big emotions. I sing my heart out, even though I can’t sing. (My neighbors are probably not as pleased with my new purchase as I am).

Since I’m still a long way off from being ready for my public debut, I’ll give you the real song here.

Whether you’re in the pro or con Valentine camp, love is always a good thing to celebrate, non? So Happy Love Day, friends. I hope you are finding happiness in it all – from your adventures to your daily habits. With the people who surround you to your most profound inner dreams.

Thanks for stopping by. I love that you come visit me!


30 Responses to “My New Love”

  1. 1 Lindsey February 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    So cool! I grew up playing piano so it’s always been one of my favorite instruments. ENJOY the honeymoon phase!


  2. 3 Jennyphoria February 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Happy Love Day to you, too. Play your proverbial heart out.


    • 4 paris (im)perfect February 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks! The neighbors probably can hear me playing my proverbial heart out. Great thing with the digital piano is that you can put headphones on so no one hears you playing. But what to do about my off-key voice? πŸ™‚


  3. 5 Milsters @ Little Pieces of Light February 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    VERY cool! I haven’t touched a piano in ages either. Enjoy it and Happy Valentine’s Day!


  4. 7 Amy Kortuem February 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations! I very much understand the love for an instrument. I grew up playing the piano and haven’t played much at all since I took up the harp in college. Your fingers, and your heart, do remember.


  5. 9 Barbara Hall February 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Happy love day to you Sion! How wonderful to read of your return to the piano after so many years — I wish you continued enjoyment. This past Sunday I performed in a classical music recital — for the first time in 20+ years. It was frightening and fantastic all at the same time for me. I plan to blog about it later today. I will look forward to future posts from you about your time at the piano.


    • 10 paris (im)perfect February 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Wow, Barbara – that’s so cool! I think it’s so interesting to return to something after so many years and see how we respond to it now. I love Amy’s comment up there – “your fingers and your heart do remember.” It’s exciting to have this kind of remembered knowledge, but also feel like you’re embarking on something new at the same time. I’ll look forward to your post about your recital!


  6. 11 Leslie Duffy February 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Yay, Sion! A wonderful event – and thanks for reminding me of a lovely song and movie,


  7. 13 Paris Karin (an alien parisienne) February 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    It’s wonderful to see your new love with a perfect place in your home, looking just as if she belongs. πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you are finding some flow with your new piano! Here’s to engaging your inner artist. *tchin tchin* Good on you for finding some wonderful songs to practice with. That’s one of the best soundtracks ever!

    Have fun, and happy V day to you, too. πŸ™‚


    • 14 paris (im)perfect February 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Yes, I can’t imagine my apartment without the piano now. Looks like it’s been there all along πŸ™‚

      I’m really glad I started with that song. It’s so satisfying to play something I really love. I played it all the way through today! Go me πŸ˜‰


  8. 15 Barbara Hall February 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Rebonjour Sion!

    Here is the link to my blog post that I wrote today — about my little recital debut this past Sunday.


    • 16 paris (im)perfect February 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Barbara. I left you a comment over there. I didn’t realize you were a piano teacher. What a wonderful profession! Sounds like such a great experience stepping back into the role of performer. Will you do it again?


  9. 17 e February 15, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I always wanted to learn as a kid but my mother, who hated piano, refused…

    Perhaps, since I am once again singing after many years, I should follow your example. Enjoy it to your heart’s content.


    • 18 paris (im)perfect February 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      E – do it!

      I firmly believe it’s never too late to pursue our passions, especially a creative endeavour.

      What I especially love about this digital piano is that I can put headphones on so no one can hear me as I play my baby scales and stumble over the keys. It is my own private activity (well, except for singing loudly out of key) and I think it’s important sometimes to just do things for the pure pleasure and sense of personal accomplishment. Yay, I got through that difficult passage! Yay, my sightreading is getting better!

      That’s great that you’re singing again. Perhaps it’s time to accompany yourself on the piano now? πŸ™‚


  10. 19 Tammee February 15, 2012 at 4:48 am

    How cool!
    My mom picked up her violin after over 30 years and joined a neighborhood orchestra. Now she plays all over. It really brought her back to life after the loss of my father and grandfather in a 4 mth period. Now she’s star-ar πŸ™‚
    Maybe I’ll go over and play my out-of-tune piano and surprise the hell out of my neighbor who’s been waking me up every morning at 5:30 with her blender…hehehehe


    • 20 paris (im)perfect February 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Tammee – what a wonderful story about your mother. Yay for her! That’s amazing.
      As for you, being woken up by a piano, even out of tune, is much better than by a blender. You’d still win as better neighbor. Do it! πŸ™‚


  11. 21 dailyfrancofile February 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Any time I step away from music I get sad and don’t always realize the cause! It’s always nice to come back to it!



  12. 22 dailyfrancofile February 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    ps. I adore Once! I listen to the soundtrack continuously!


  13. 26 Buffy February 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Enjoy playing the piano! My son has been playing by ear for years, but recently asked for lessons for a month. He is now writing his own music. He also enrolled in a Music degree at a college. He started Community College at 16. Now at 19, after a great deal of thought he decided to major in something he found interesting. Have a great weekend!



  14. 28 Sweet Freak February 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    First of all, I’m so excited for you. Something tells me you’re going to be a natural at this…

    Also, they just turned Once into a play here in NYC and it’s supposed to be amazing – you’ll have to go in April!!


    • 29 paris (im)perfect February 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Ha! That is so funny. Maybe I will have to see “Once” as a play…though something makes me want to keep the movie experience pure.

      Also, yes, I am very excited about the piano…tis true. And it’s feeling *very* natural playing again, even after all these years.


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