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Harrison’s First Piano Recital

We couldn’t be prouder of our youngest boy tonight. He had his very first piano recital and did a beautiful job of playing Long, Long Ago.

And for only having had (formal) lessons for about 5 months… I think he did fantastic!

Oddly… he isn’t nervous about getting up front and playing. I mean, I’m very glad for that, but I just think it odd when everyone else in the family wants to hurl at the mere thought.

JJ got a “Free Pass” card on this recital. (Long story.) But he now see’s that other kids are up there trying, making mistakes (and living) and that playing the piano is “cool”, so he will be playing in the next recital come spring.

Here is Harrison with his wonderful teacher Miss Karen.

He also receivedĀ an award for great practicing habits!

It was a good night for Harrison, (and his proud parents!)

We did get it on video, but I just haven’t succumbed to paying for another year of video access on here. I may just have to break down and do it. I only used it a few times last year, but, soon as I don’t have it anymore… I want to put them on all the time!

If I get it, I’ll be sure to post his recital song right away. I know some of you close friends and family would like it.








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Music Men

…errrr boys.

(This is especiallyĀ for my dad.)

Thought you would enjoy these photos of your grandsons.


JJ & Tang


I even learned a new song today.

Thanks Dad!




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Music to My Ears and Beauty to My Eyes

My dear and wonderful Dad sent us money for this piano for our Christmas gift. We had already told our friends that we wanted it, but hadn’t made the arrangements for help to get it yet.

Well, yesterday (in the rain) we got everything lined up. Go figure it was going to beĀ one of the soggiest days ever here. (not really EVERRRR… but there was a LOT of water in our yard! And the creek overflowed before dark. YIKES!)

Actually, God wasĀ listening and gave us a little mist in the air instead of a downpour when the guys were bringing it over here in the truck. They, of course, had it covered, and it was fine.

So here it is… awaiting fingers.

It didn’t have to wait long! First thing this morning Harrison asked if he could play it and learn from me. I DON”TĀ  know how to play… much. I just know the basic notes and measures, and can play simple little pieces, but not much beyond that. So, I decided to go ahead and teach them all (three) the basics here at home while we wait for the teacher we want to have an opening. Then they can, one at a time, move on to a “real” teacher. (Of course, JJ had “real” lessons several years ago.)

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but Harrison took to it real fast. He is already able to play his basic scale quite easily and is already learning a simple little piece! He played it over and over and over until he didn’t have to look at his hands! Isn’t that exciting? Well… I know it’s not ground breaking news… and other children are playing Bach by his age… but for around here – it’s exciting! Trust me!

We still need to get it tuned, but I am just so happy to look over and see it there in my living room. Even more happy when I am “hearing” it being played while I am in the kitchen cooking or in the dinning/class room grading papers! I look forward to getting very sick of hearing the scale before it’s all done and said.

Harrison just came in from outside (school is over) and asked if he could play his song! He said, “I don’t know why… but I just want to play my song all the time!”





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