Sunday, 13 January 2008

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It’s here! The piano! After much faffing about with the van and then a series of comedy manouevres to get it into the house, it’s there and it’s fab. Okay, so you can tell it’s been standing in a pub for the last God-knows-how-many years, my eldest found a crisp wedged between two of the keys (ewwwww!) and the top is all shabby where I suspect a few pints have been spilled on it (sacrilege) but it plays pretty well. Hopefully, with a bit of cleaning up and tuning and crisp-crumb-Dustbustering, it will be absolutely fine.

It’s funny how your brain holds on to things; I haven’t played properly for – what? About twenty-five years I guess – but my fingers could still remember Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata – well, not all the notes sadly, but enough for my kids to look a bit shocked and impressed (ha!). Sadly ‘My Girl’ has vanished from memory. Must try and seek out some music for it.

We were in town yesterday to see a Penguin Books Design Exhibition at the Holburne (lovely, seeing all those iconic covers in huge displays as well as letters and sketches by Edward Young, the guy who designed the original Penguin logo) and afterwards we popped into a music shop nearby. Ooooh, instruments! Oooh, sheet music! It was dead exciting. I bought a book called ‘Sounds of the 70s’ which has the music for such greats as Dancing Queen, My Sharona, You’re So Vain, oh, all sorts of corkers. Not that I can play any of them yet. I will keep you posted.

I am failing miserably on my diet. The problem is, I keep forgetting. That was how I ended up having chips in a greasy spoon for lunch, buying treacle tart in M&S and dishing out the wine and choccie last night. Oops. The wedding seems so long away though that there doesn’t seem any urgency. You wait, in July I will existing solely on Ryvitas and grapefruit.

Mind you, I am feeling a bit more inspired, having just finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid, based on her Dietgirl blog. Such a great book – really funny, moving and incredibly honest. Dietgirl, you are an inspiration. I will be back on my diet track very soon, honest.

Right now, though, I’m off to have a go at My Sharona to annoy the neighbours….

30 comments:

Caroline said...

I have Shauna's book to read - I'm taking it to Malta with me to read for me, in peace.

I'm so happy that your piano has a new home, new life and that you have found a fabulous way to annoy your neighbours/impress your children.

It makes me feel all warm inside.
x

Sally Lawton said...

Oh you lucky thing. I'd love to be able to play the piano. Hope you're having much fun :-)

Lane said...

That sounds like a piano with character!

You'll be able to indulge in good old fashioned, family 70's sing songs
x

Lucy Diamond said...

Caroline - you're going to Malta!! I hadn't realised that was a definite. Oooh, fantastic, so pleased for you. Dietgirl is a great read.

Sally - I am having lots of fun, just keep having to push the kids off the chair so I can get to the keyboard! My daughter has learned Middle C so we are having quite a lot of monotonous middle C tunes from her...sigh...

Lane, I am so up for a sing-song! Must see if I can find Knees Up Mother Brown...

Pacha said...

Oh hoaray, it arrived!!! My kids don't let me ever play the piano (why? I'm certain I'm good at it...)...

And make sure you do all your praticising as soon as you wake up in the morning! It's the best time (to annoy the neighbours...)

Debs said...

I guess there won't be much peace in your house for a bit then. My children would love a piano but I've said 'no' to the drums (at their father's house thankfully) so can't really agree to another instrument. What a relief!

Lucy Diamond said...

Pacha, I'm certain you're good at the piano too - you can have a go on mine any time xx

Hi Debs - drums, arrggh! I shudder at the thought of drums. Well done for saying no.
My eldest has signed up to learn to play the 'ocarina' at school, whatever the hell that is. Hmmm. Wonder if we can perform a piano/ocarina duet?!

Caroline said...

Yes ... I'm going in 3 weeks time ... on my own!!!!!!!

x

Lucy Diamond said...

Ooooh...that is so so SO exciting! Really pleased for you!

Leigh said...

Of course, for your fingers to remember the notes after twenty-five years, you must have got them in the right order in the first place. Quite impressive I should say, I'm glad your kids appropriately awe-struck!

And whenever you need to start concentrating on your diet again, can I borrow your forgetfulness for a while? Please?

Lucy Diamond said...

The awe didn't last long, Leigh - they are back to whinging, When can I have a go? Teach me how to play! etc.
And btw, you are welcome to my forgetfulness whenever you want it - help yourself! :)

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