A bit of nostalgia
Most of my friends think that people like me are twisted on classic music and generally a bit loony. Let me assure you, we are just like you 🙂 And although Bach, Beethoven, Shubert and Tchaikovsky are on my VIP composer list, that doesn’t mean I have no ear for contemporary music. For instance, I love old-school rock. My favorite rock band is The Beatles. My parents (who used to be hippies in their youth, by the way) had dozens of vinyls that kept circling on our old record player 24/7. I remember some of the songs since I was around five. ‘Let It Be’ was actually the first song I learned playing on piano 🙂 My mom had a shabby keyboard (which nobody played 🙂 and I used to spend hours tinkling the ivories and picking the tunes I heard. That’s how my piano career started 🙂
When we talk about The Beatles, we talk about the whole band, but actually mean one person – John Lennon. This extraordinary person was the mastermind and true soul of the group. He may not have been the best singer or guitarist in the world, but he had something much more precious – great talent and that incredible understanding of music one can only be born with. Lennon wrote my three favorite songs by The Beatles:
- Come Together
- Happiness Is a Warm Gun
- Strawberry Fields Forever
What can I say, he’s my music idol! When I was a teenager, I used to have plenty of Beatles posters covering the walls of my room (luckily, my folks never scolded me for that 🙂 But yesterday (got it? 🙂 I found something even better – very cool John Lennon paintings here. I’m not very well-versed in visual arts, but I loved them immediately! The vibrant colors and a bit freaky style are so… well, Beatles! That’s probably how my folks saw John at their famous gig at Shea Stadium after taking a couple of magic pills 🙂 The artist (his name is Leonid Afremov, by the way) managed to capture the very essence of The Beatles: colorful, bright and simply incredible! I just couldn’t keep my finger from clicking the ‘Purchase’ button 🙂 Can’t wait for my new ‘poster’ to arrive! So if you want to decorate your room with a portrait of John Lennon, canvas paintings by Leonid Afremov will do just perfect!
What comes to your mind when you hear about musical instruments? Piano, guitar, drums, perhaps saxophone or cello… But the world keeps turning and music keeps turning with it 🙂 Every year, new instruments spring to life, some of them totally amazing and some utterly weird. And even if you are not a professional musician, there are plenty of cool musical gadgets to have fun with. For instance, check out this piano tie http://www.ebay.com/itm/Musical-Keyboard-Necktie-Touch-Playable-Tie-W-Built-in-Speaker-Piano-Keys-/192105174817. It’s actually playable! Whenever you put it on, you are wearing a portable keyboard on your neck. Of course, it features only 8 keys, but that’s enough to tinkle popular tunes we all know and love. Isn’t that just marvelous? You can take music everywhere with you looking hip and stylish 🙂 Think of the possibilities opening before you… With an accessory like that, you can easily accompanying a band onstage or play tie for money in the subway 🙂 Just wait for them to invent a guitar belt, backpack drums and earring microphones – and you’ll be wearing an entire rock band 🙂 Jokes aside, such a tie may come in rather handy when there is a tune sounding in your head and you need to ‘write it down.’ I encounter this problem all the time 🙂 Guess I do need this tie after all!
My name is Trisha and I’m here to make some new friends. I’m not really communicative – at least, not in the way most people understand this word. I’m not very good at running small talks, I don’t mix well at parties and I feel uncomfortable in crowds. But that doesn’t mean I mind cozy friendly conversations over a cup of tea, merry chitchat at the family table or even meaningful silence in a pleasant company (there are actually not so many people who understand you without words). My hobbies are just as quiet and homely. I love reading, watching old movies, cooking deserts. But most of all, I love music. I teach piano at a music school and I’m totally happy with my job although some would say it isn’t the most lucrative one. I find great pleasure in discovering new sides and talents in my students, helping them realize their musical potential. Some of them quit before they even really get started, some rarely open their piano at all after graduating. But some continue playing and even make a career. One of my former charges now plays at Carnegie Hall. It’s good to know your job is not just about making money!