Thursday, December 14, 2006
Practicing piano
Camden had been renting a digital piano. I thought this was neat and had been contemplating doing the same thing. But a coworker put his Alesis QS8 up for sale and I bought it.

I hated practicing piano as a kid. It was presented to me as a chore. I didn't understand why I would want to learn. Oh, if I could only go back and talk some sense into my eight-year-old self.

My new year's resolution is to learn to play my favorite piano piece, Debussy's First Arabesque. I haven't been playing piano regularly for a long time (and I was never very good to begin with), so it's like jumping back in the deep end. I've spent the last two nights practicing the first five measures over and over. The song is ABRSM grade 8. It's going to take me a long time.

It makes me think about how Christopher Taylor is a god.
It's about 50 degrees here in the Chicagoland area, and it feels like 50 degrees! The humidity is 92%, the dew point is 48 degrees, and the visibility is 6.0 miles! On the forecast for the coming weeks: talking about the Green Bay Packers with the Nekoosa locals. When? It all depends!

When you coming home, daddy, I don't know when.
Bowie Christmas
Merry Christmas Nathan! Enjoy this
You talking sense into your 8 year old self will be the same as your parents talking sense into you.

I'm exactly the same with piano. We have an electric keyboard at home and I play it every time I'm home -- Forrest Gump theme (the full, hard version, but I suck at it), Beauty and the Beast (easy piano version), and Little Mermaid (BIG note piano version).

We should have a shitty adult piano players club at Google. Building 42 has a piano :)
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