Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Morning Post....A Man And His Keyboard



This is my father, Jim Sr.


I had a great visit with him yesterday. I noticed a keyboard
in the corner and hauled it out.


I played a few tunes and then turned it over to Dad.


He started to play all the tunes he played
years ago.


He got 'lost', in a good way.........
in his own world there for a few minutes.
It was lovely to see.



39 comments:

  1. not only music to your ears but to your heart as well...

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    1. Yes it was Joanne. It was touching to see Dad to still be able to do this at his age.

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  2. It is good for him to still be able to do that.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Yes it is Bruno! And he knows it is challenging and important for him to keep active in these areas.

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  3. Beautiful shots and know that it really touched your heart

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    1. Yes it did Jeanne. The light wasn't the best in his room but it mellowed the effect. Thanks for dropping by Jeanne.

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  4. I Have tears in my eyes looking at those photos and imagining your dad lost in his sweet music.

    There is a man and my mums nursing home who play the violin and when I hear him play I love watching his face and hands and wondering who else he has played for in his long life. He always makes me cry.

    Thank you for sharing this photo today.

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    1. You're welcome Chania. There was a moment there too when I almost 'let it go' while watching him play. Here is a man who has lived an unimaginably difficult life and somehow can find solace while playing a piano. He was always able to put 'things' where they belonged and not let them get him down. How this works, I have no clue. But I am thankful he can find simple yet profound pleasure when needed.

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  5. A heartwarming post this morning, Jim. I love it! So nice to see your dad consumed by something he enjoys. It looks like he's doing very well. A lovely weekend to all of you!

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    1. Thanks Martha! Yes, Dad is doing well and looking forward to his first bowling trip in years!!! Next week.
      Great weekend to you too.

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  6. So touching. I'm glad you noticed the keyboard.

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    1. Me too Lori! A fellow veteran had two in his room and gave Dad one, how nice is that! He had noticed Dad playing the piano in the recreation room one day and thought he may want to practice in his room.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. That's wonderful! How nice that you both play.

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    1. He's more of a 'natural' than I am. I needed lessons to learn the basics and got only so far. Dad learned the basics and went up on his own.He has a good ear.

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  8. What a great time he's having!

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    1. Thanks Pat. He did have a good time. His left hand isn't as nimble as it used to be but if he persists it may come back.

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  9. Well. That gave me goose bumps... What a lovely post, Jim :-)

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    1. Thanks Lisa!! It was a special moment we had together.
      Still freezing in S.California??!! lol

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  10. That is so sweet, you can imagine the clock spinning back in time to a place of fun memories... Pleased you had a happy visit with your dad.
    Ivan

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    1. You know Ivan, I remembered that Dad would always 'get lost' when he sat at the piano. Maybe it was and is his form of meditation and relaxing amidst everything else.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  11. How fortunate you were able to be there to appreciate such a moment. I learned to play violin from my step-father. I can remember how he would get lost in the music when he'd start to play. He's been gone several years now, and I had forgotten that feeling, thank you for bringing it back.

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    1. Oh you are most welcome Cindy. Those moments are good to remember and feel again. It's those little things that have most impact, I feel.

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  12. Music is a beautiful thing and makes such wonderful connections and memories. I love these photos.

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    1. It truly is Mitch! This was instilled in us at an early age, and I'm glad it was .

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  13. Wonderful post. Music always has a wonderful impact on our hospice unit, it definitely has healing properties.

    I found you on Grow your Blog and I'm so glad I did.

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    1. Hi Carole! Welcome aboard. It is good to meet you.

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  14. Aww.. I wish I could have heard him play! Gary had a hankering to take up a hobby, so he went to Keyboard World a few months ago, picked up a keyboard and brought it home, and proceeded to take about 3 lessons before he realized he 'wasn't old enough yet". I kid you not... in front of an entire class of golden oldies he announced 'I'm not quite old enough yet but I will be back when I am'. He was boo-ed and hiss-ed out of the place. LOL!

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    1. Never too late I guess! But it is easier the earlier one learns. Dad took lessons at about 8 or 9 years old. He is no musician by any means but can 'find' the tune and play it in his own style.
      Gary, get back there!! lol

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  15. My Mother used to get lost at the piano - wonderful!
    Too bad you didn't get a little video...

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    1. I did get a video Sharon but not satisfied with it. Will try again.
      How nice your Mom had this outlet!!

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  16. I love to see your dad at the keyboard. I know how much he loved his piano all his life. I am so touched, every time you write about your dad. So sweet, Jim.
    All went well with having the tests, now I just wait for the results. I posted those clouds today, hope you will take a moment to check them out. I've never seen anything like it. I have seen the Aurora Borealis, of course, which was unbelievable too, but in a different way.

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    1. Inger Doodle! Did I just call you that? Where did that come from!!? I wonder......lol
      Thanks for the kind words about Dad. He is an incredible human being and I love him for that.

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  17. Pictures like this are the best of all. I am in awe that your dad still plays, and he obviously enjoys it. They give me hope about future years. I'm so glad that you still have your dad, Jim!

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    1. Hello Louise! You are one of my most faithful commenters....especially tonight! You crack me up, you do!!
      Dad is from that generation which is leaving very quickly. They were tough in ways we are not. They had to be.

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  18. A great moment that has created a great and tender memory.

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  19. That's wonderful! Music connects us to time and place.

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  20. Love this Jim -- I'm happy that your dad had a musical moment on account of his thoughtful son. :)

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