My parents recently moved from Indiana to New Jersey. This involved transitioning from a 5-bedroom house to a 3-bedroom apartment, with the corresponding downsizing. My mom offered me the (upright) piano I grew up playing, and I decided to take it. Their movers took it from Indiana to her new garage, and then I found a local company that specializes in moving pianos. Perhaps it was more expensive than just finding three guys and a truck (though the cost seemed reasonable to me) but I liked that they considered my job easy; I asked one of the gentlemen if he’d ever moved a grand piano out of a fifth floor apartment and he said oh yeah, all the time.
In any case, the piano I spent a great many hours practicing on is now sitting in my living room. I inaugurated it with a Bach prelude yesterday, and then some Debussy, Haydn, etc. I enjoy playing the piano, and in my mind, having the piano will now encourage me to make time for playing.
But will it? I have a fairly nice weighted-key electronic keyboard in my office (which is what my kids have been learning to play the piano on). I use the keyboard to practice my choir music, but I generally don’t use it just to play. It’s possible that having a much nicer instrument will change that, but it’s hard to know.
In any case, I’m putting “play piano 20 minutes” on my weekly priority lists for the next few weeks in the hopes of forming a new habit. I should probably specify a specific time window (after lunch?) for practicing too. Habits are tough to form, but not impossible. So we shall see.
Do you play a musical instrument? When do you fit this into your schedule?
In other words: Jasper (my 12-year-old) would like to update everyone on the movie revenue predictions he made for last weekend. Avengers Endgame did indeed pass Avatar to become the top grossing movie of all time. He celebrated by posting a big smily photo of himself on Instagram (private account).
As for last week’s box office takes? Jasper predicted The Lion King would debut at #1 with $200 million in revenue. It wound up taking in approximately $192 million. He predicted Spiderman: Far from Home would be #2 with $22.5 million; it wound up taking in $21 million. He predicted Toy Story 4 would hit $13.37 million; it wound up doing a bit better at $15.55 million. He predicted Crawl would be in the #4 slot with $6 million, and it actually took in about $6.1 million. Finally, he predicted that Aladdin would be in the #5 slot with $5.5 million, but it took in less than that and the film Yesterday wound up at #5, taking in about $5 million. So Jasper gives himself a 4 out of 5 for predictions, though frankly I think one of the studios should hire him as an analyst.