Keys to Happiness

Some of you have asked for additional pictures from my estate sale fix from last week, so I thought I would post these photos of the red toy piano I picked up for a song! My brother Rex reminded me that it is the same turkey red color of the old upright he and I both learned to play as kids.  Oh, the wonderful times and tunes we would beat out on that behemoth.  Our duets could get pretty raucous. Our favorite? “A Lion Sleeps Tonight!”  Rex has “Big Red” in his basement studio with a his collection of instruments, string and otherwise — each and every one he plays. Such talent I’ll never have musically, yet I still play on a baby grand I purchased at auction (cheap, of course) and had totally rebuilt (not so cheap). The day that piano was delivered to my doorstep a missing piece of my soul was restored. I’m terribly shy about performing, however, due to a freak-out screw-up at a senior recital when I was in high school. I was playing one of Bach’s two part inventions, messed up and never recovered. I can still play that piece. But my favorite playing is “by ear” and by myself.  I started playing at three according to a photo of me at my toy piano on an early Christmas morning, with a smile about as wide as the keyboard you see here.

“Little Red” © Mary Garner-Mitchell

© Mary Garner-Mitchell

3 thoughts on “Keys to Happiness

  1. Played a tune or two on that key board myself…still attempt to pick out the tune of “Love Transcending” that I’d play on red from your Dad’s copy of the choir’s Cantada! Remember too, most of us banging the keys on Mama’s piano, tucked away in the corner of her her living room, and trying out our talents on Ma White’s pump organ! Bet Rex could have made that instrument rock if he’d had the chance!

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