Feb 27, 2009

Haunted by Piano Lessons

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla -
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano

I still have nightmares about piano lessons, sometimes when I'm awake. Though I deeply regret neglecting my skills, there is just something slightly scarring about being forced into lessons as a kid. The nightmares go something like this: I haven't practiced. Again. That's about it, all night long. But the daymares go something like this: I am sitting in a metal folding chair, pulling nervously on a lace from my dress shoe as I'm being introduced for a presentation. As I walk up to the podium, I completely blank on the piano song that I have memorized for the occasion. Except I hadn't memorized a song, I haven't played piano in six years, and this isn't a recital. This is a Power Point presentation on neural cell differentiation or tobacco-related healthcare disparities or how to conduct an in-district meeting with a legislator. I try to catch my breath.

Colin Munroe (ft Joell Ortiz, produced by Black Milk) Piano Lessons (mp3)


At Saturday, February 28, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is less than correct....I distinctly remember you playing piano - right next to me. Polbridge has all the magic in the world.

At Tuesday, March 03, 2009, Blogger Jamie said...



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