For the last couple of years because of one thing or another, my piano playing has been neglected. However after visiting a piano gathering run by Andrew Quartermain, director of Procorda, at the 1901 Club, Waterloo, I have been inspired to make time to play. To be honest I don’t think it matters how rusty I am, because the main thing is that I feel much better after playing. ‘Music is definitely good for the soul’ as they say.
Andrew has recently set up an online Piano Sanctuary which I believe to be particularly important in these trying times.
Andrew Quartermain will be visiting ‘Patricia’s Pen’ as my Tuesday Guest at the end of July so watch this space.
While I’m on the subject of the piano, I thought I’d share the first villanelle I wrote back in 2013 about the piano. See if you can guess what piece of music I’m talking about.
The black beast stands proud on the floor,
his exquisite profile radiates light.
A magnificent majesty we all adore.
The lip of his mouth is open to explore
inside; ivory white teeth, gleaming and bright
in the black beast that stands proud on the floor.
Black tails sits down and strikes a chord
or two, then soft raindrops descend and glide
along the magnificent majesty we all adore.
He extends his arm to turn over the score
as he practises his repertoire for tonight,
on the black beast that stands proud on the floor.
The shower’s wrath deepens to storm
whilst the pianist continues to recite
on the magnificent majesty we all adore.
The virtuoso in his glory performs and ignores
what’s around as he plays with pride,
on the black beast that stands proud on the floor,
His Magnificent Majesty we all adore.
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