Sometime around the second grade, I was bribed to take piano lessons. I didn't need bribing the next year, but the 3rd required motivation. This off and on affair with the piano has continued all my life. I really like playing the piano but lessons just never interested me. Scales bored me, the songs were assigned rather than chosen, and I always had to do a recital. I'll sum up all of the recitals by saying I suck at all activities in front of people. Best lessons learned through them though. When I moved here about 6 years ago, I had to switch piano instructors. My new one had an off and on style. She had all of the enthusiasm in the world but couldn't meet for more than a couple lessons in a row. Eventually, she owed countless Starbucks cards and the lessons just stopped. I don't hold it against her at all. I didn't exactly practice diligently anyway. Being a piano prodigy just wasn't for me. Though, last year my cousin decided to teach himself how to play the violin. He plays the piano, too, but doesn't like to follow sheet music. That's where I came in, as I recall. Soon, we were a dynamic duo. We never really got that good, but my piano interest was renewed. When I went to Costa Rica, I lost it. Now, I have it again. I'm planning to learn "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for my cousin who loves that musical more than anyone I know and finish learning "Once Upon a December" from Anastasia even if it means first using a keyboard so I don't drive my family completely crazy . . . again. Oh, yeah. My cousin bounced between violins and a viola and finally sold the last one. He still practices more than I do, but we have jam sessions to Bond songs mostly. It's fun to pretend we're actually good or just enjoy piano-based songs on my own (David Lanz, George Winston, Yanni, Suzanne Ciani, and John Jarvis a few big ones in my playlist. Not that I can actually play their songs.). I wouldn't want to play the piano any other way, so I'm glad for those lessons. Let's see how long I can go before going off this time. I hope never.
In other news, I want to get through my homework already so I can finish reading Beautiful Lies. So far, so great, based on the first 2/3 of the book. Also, Miiki gets to answer my relationship status from now on. :P
Have a great weekend!