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#984265 - 03/19/06 10:49 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
ok K&J, you certainly have a great sense of humor. You had me laughing out loud. \:\)

You can get your forum name changed. Just email Frank and ask him to change your "Publicly Displayed Name".

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#984266 - 03/19/06 11:42 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
John Citron Offline
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 3925
Loc: Haverhill, Massachusetts
 Quote:
Originally posted by Frycek:
John, I have a double yellow headed Amazon named Sweetpea, who is, I think female. She knew about five phrases when I got her but hasn't learned anything since. She does imitate sounds. I've had her 14 years and I think she's about 18. She lives in a macaw cage in our dining room and on the (enclosed) front porch during the warm months. William can't stand her, and to parapharase Elmer Fudd, goes around singing "Kill the parrot! Kill the parrot!" I'm the only person she likes. [/b]
Julia and Barney live in our dining room too. After we got Barney, she moved in with him, and is now shacked up with him in his Macaw cage. Talk about the odd couple. She's as big as he is small. She was once bonded with a red headed concure, but he died about 8 years ago.

She knows quite a bit, but hardly says anything. We used to get a long too. She would sit with me for hours at a time, but one day she bit my ear and now won't climb on me at all. She actually flashes her eye pupils at me when I walk in the room.

Barney is a clown and will also sit for hours, but he gets itchy and starts climbing all over the place. His biggest joy is to climb into the kitchen food cabinet and talk. I think he likes the echo. He also sings off key, which is really funny.

John
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#984267 - 03/20/06 06:32 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Randy V. Offline
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Registered: 12/29/03
Posts: 43
Loc: Vinton, VA
Introductions? Oh, my....

I'll be 54 on 08/02. Live in Vinton, VA, a small town in the southwest part of the state. Engaged three times, married twice, divorced once. Today (03/20) is mine and Lisa's 24th anniversary. She's my best friend in the world. Two daughters: The older (almost 21) is married, the younger (11) is still my at-home angel. Black Belt in Karate on '76. Lay-preacher during the mid-70s (which helps explain the now "ex-wife" thing). And currently looking for job #49.

Regarding me and the piano? Like so many others, it's one of those things I'd always wanted to do. But when younger, wasn't "that" important. As I got older, my mom (who played really well) and I just never could "click" on making it happen.

So about three years ago I decided I'd teach myself. I've learned I'm not the best music teacher going, but I've proven to myself that despite all the natural talent I don't have, playing well is still an obtainable goal.

And to be perfectly honest, and in light of my clear inability to be successful in term so of "careers," it wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit to be able to go from playing as a "hobby" to earning enough to pay the bills. That, however, isn't going to happen soon unless I someone waves a magic wand and goes "Poof"!

In the meantime, however, I'm content. Life is good. Lisa provides the balance in life that I can't find.

Y'all (that's that southern-thing) have a great site and people here. Thanks for letting me tag along.
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#984268 - 03/20/06 06:46 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Les Koltvedt Offline
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Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 3195
Loc: Canton, MI
 Quote:
Originally posted by KetchupandJam:
(I just wish people would put things away around here. Yesterday I hurt my toe on a full gallon of paint. It was right in the middle of the bathroom floor)! [/b]
It's 6:45am Monday...1)thanks for the laugh 2)is the bathroom done??
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#984269 - 03/20/06 08:16 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Chrissi Offline
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Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 47
Loc: Germany
posted by Bob Muir:
 Quote:
Chrissi, I love the word Wombat. \:D
Hi, Bob!

I've just found your reply....
What makes you grin about wombats??
I wanted to post a picture of a wombat especially for you, but I'm sorry, it didn't work.
Maybe you like this site:
Wombat

Wombat-greetings!
Chrissi

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#984270 - 03/20/06 08:57 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
stuie Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 28
Loc: Wolverhampton, England
Hi all, I'm 18 years old so i'm one of the very youngest members of this forum... Where do i start, I come from England... As i'm so young i'm still growing as a person, i only really begun listening to music 5 years ago, i began listening to rock music when my parents marriage disintegrated it was somewhat comforting and a way to deal with things.. eventually about 3 years ago i fell in love with evanescene... Amy lees voice and her tinklings on the piano began whats growing into a passion of mine. As my musical diversity began growing i started to enjoy Nobuo Uematsu's work, this spurred me on to listen to more new age piano pieces and some classical. Music is very much my way of dealing with life, my way of feeling others can feel like i can at times, and one day i hope to be able to write pieces so that others can maybe relate to me?

I'm a very socialy active person at the moment, i'm taking Chemistry and Biology at school aswell as learning Japanese and how to drive. so unfortunately until i finish learning to drive i cannot take piano lessons as my parents cannot afford them. In general to people i am known as one of the nicest guys around, i'd do anything for my friends.

As for a love life (most of you've posted about) it is none existent for me, i'm truly an oddball socially and i'm above my years, most people my age do not want a long term relationship. Love is another reason i want to learn to play the piano... to one day sit someone down and play for them how i feel... anyway i guess i'm waffleing a bit now sorry for my terrible grammar, English as a subject never was my strong point.

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#984271 - 03/20/06 11:28 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Leo M Offline
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Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 22
Loc: Oregon
 Quote:
Originally posted by Shortcircuit85:
I can understand exactly what you mean. When I started playing the piano, my teacher told me I was too precise about timing and too mechanical. It took me a little while, but I learned to play expressively, and the results were dramatic!

I think there are definitely people who have an engineer's mind and find it hard to switch their minds from technical to artistic. The piano is a great way to teach that to such people.

Now, your going to tell me I sound like Wilson from the old TV show Home Improvement, but....

I think it was the anthropologist Loren Eiseley that believed looking at the sciences with a cold mechanical view is worthless. He stated we need to look at science with a admiration and amazement--a wow factor essential to be a good scientist or engineer or whatever have you. The only way to do this is learn to embrace an artistic and emotional side. Music is one great way to accomplish that! [/QB][/QUOTE]

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Thanks for your insight on this ShortCircuit. I am only now learning what you stated. It's funny, some of us are raised in a certain way with certain views. In my case, I actually held an opinion of disdain for most artists like they were lesser beings than the more technically oriented such as myself as an engineer. It's hard to explain this, but I enjoyed listening to music and such, but never had much respect for artists. It was almost as if my view of the universe was correct, and theirs, while enjoyable to listen to, was grossly wrong. I carried these stereotypes for a very long time and it really wasn't until I met my wife Cheryl that things began to change. I really attribute much of my growth as a person to her incredible love for me.

She's actually the one who first purchased lessons for me because of a comment I made about wondering why my father chose to give piano lessons to my brother and not to me (Because of my short fingers and oversized hands). Well she convinced me that I should explore all things in the world (my views as an engineering personality were to keep my life very sterile, neat and organized), and so with a little hesitation I started lessons simply because she purchased them as a birthday gift. I figured that I would pacify her by taking them and then politely letting her know that music was like all other artistic expressions and just not for us "engineering" types.

Well that's not how it happened. First thing I found is that I have several skills in music that I was never aware of. This really surprised me. I can be playing and hit certain notes that will sound like a song I've heard (no matter if it's been years and years or not), and I will be able to finger out that tune quite easily by ear. I can hear every note played with clarity, my music teacher calls it perfect pitch, but I can tell you if a piano is in tune or not and it actually drives me crazy when one is even slightly out of tune. I do have a problem with sight reading, but not one that you might think. For some reason after 2 or 3 times playing a piece I automatically memorize all notes and will just stop reading the piece even if I'm trying to force myself, my fingers will just play it. Such as the moonlight sonata which I learned last year. I memorized in about 3 weeks (since I couldn't read music at the time, I had to write each individual note out and find it on the keyboard and then play them in sequences, then listen to a chosen version of the song to properly sequence the notes). It took about 4 months for me to play relatively proficiently and I can now play 95% of the song without looking at the keyboard. It seems that the feel of the piano just comes to me naturally as well. I just know where things "feel" right to play the song. If I consciously try to think about where to put my fingers, that's when I screw it up. I know it's strange, but it's a weird thing and it has my old teacher pretty freaked out since my version of moonlight is already beyond her and I point out problems with her playing already. It's one of the reasons that I purchased an acoustic piano because I'm at the limits of expression with the digital that I purchased 6 months ago. I just can't get any more of the subtleties that I want out of it and have had to practice on acoustics to bring more of the subtle power out of the song. I'm trying to find a new more advanced music teacher as I speak to continue my training.

I think that the joining of engineering and artistic expression does bring about incredible changes in an individual. I'm now expanding in both directions with new ideas in engineering, and my continued evolution in piano.

So, I guess this long post is definitely agreeing with you. This journey that I have been on is an incredible one. I have learned so much and also now understand that I know so little. I never knew the world of music would ever captivate me. When I said in my last post that I didn't know how to express to people what the piano has done for me. When I play the piano at home alone and I will actually clap for myself (yes that sounds stupid doesn't it?), I've never experience such a freedom of spirit, and such joy.

It's such a strange thing to have spent the years avoiding anything that had to do with "artists" only to find such great wonder in exactly what I have avoided all these years. Needless to say I don't hold "artists" with the same disdain that I used to. In fact I see them all with a bit of wonder. I've actually attended concerts last year and intend to begin expanding my life with opera and other artistic expression. There is a world that I have been missing this whole time and I intend to hear and see it all now.

Some of you may think I sound a bit crazy, but trust me I'm not that only one in the engineering world who used to think this way. We used to make fun of artists of all types without ever understanding them. How strange to be on the other side of the fence now.

Thanks for everyone's understanding and I'm glad to be a part of your community now.

Leo M

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#984272 - 03/20/06 12:16 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Shortcircuit85 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 535
Loc: New Hampshire
 Quote:
Originally stated by Stuie
As for a love life (most of you've posted about) it is none existent for me, i'm truly an oddball socially and i'm above my years, most people my age do not want a long term relationship. Love is another reason i want to learn to play the piano...
Hey, Stuie, you're not alone. I've had the same issues to deal with.

When I was 18, I turned down someone my age because I thought she was immature and naive (Of course I told her in a more kind manner that she was just not my type) and she told me in a somewhat derogatory tone she thought I acted "like a 40 year old man"... So I thanked her \:D , though she clearly meant it as an insult. I still don't know what's wrong with someone who's 40, but I do know it gets better as you get older. Even a couple of years (I'm only 20), but the girls in which you are likely to be interested are definitely attracted to the sensitive, pianist types (in my experience). You just need to wait for some of then to catch up to you as unfortunate as that seems... :0
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#984273 - 03/20/06 12:33 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
jdsher Offline
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Registered: 02/20/04
Posts: 643
Loc: Plano, Texas
Wheew! I finally got to read through all these amazing posts. What an incredibly talented and diverse group of folks who are hanging out here.
I am 41 years old, married to a beautiful lady and have a son Benjamin. I practice Optometry in a sleepy Texas town called McKinney (north of Dallas). I really enjoy working in a smaller town, everybody knows everybody else and a good reputation can bring you a lot of patients/business.
I tried my hand at a lot of hobbies/activities over my life. When I was a kid I swam competitively and was a New Mexico State Champion and record holder. I also play pool, used to race karts, and love to snow ski.
I grew up in a family where music was very important. My father studied at the Cincinnati conservatory and we always had classical music playing at home. Unfortunately, when it came time for me to pick an instrument a piano was definitely not in the budget and some how I ended up playing the flute. I played for maybe 2 years and then quietly bowed out.
When my son was offered keyboarding lessons at his pre-k school I decided it was finally time for me to learn to play. I called up his teacher and asked if she taught adults, she said yes and the rest is history. Here it is 2.5 years later and I'm still having a blast.
I feel like I know you guys so much better now, thanks S-H for the thread.
Jon
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#984274 - 03/20/06 02:01 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Shortcircuit85 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 535
Loc: New Hampshire
Leo,

Your post was certainly long! However, I did enjoy reading it.

I can't say I've been around long enough to get sucked into a purely mechanical outlook on life as it sounds like you are growing out of, but I can see how it would be easy to develop that mindset. I've caught myself having to bite my tongue on occasion to overcome the technical mentality I've clearly developed which at times, can come across a bit dry, arrogant or condescending.

It sounds like you found the easy way to recover from that by finding the ultimately challenge--the unsolvable problem which no male engineer will ever be able to "solve"--namely, a woman. I'm kidding in some senses (please no hate mail ladies), but I'm sure marriage will help someone develop a broader perspective awfully quickly.

I personally will content myself with music for at least a couple more years as the primary non-technical influence in my life, but I intend to take that step too in time.
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#984275 - 03/20/06 09:15 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
geek in the pink Offline
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 340
Loc: New Jersey
Wow, it looks as if I've missed a lot since being bed-bound recovering from my accident. I've got a new laptop so I can surf the forums from my bed/chair now! Well, for starters I'm a 23 year-old full-time college student from New Jersey. (I'm a guy in case some people thought the PINK in my screename was an allusion to something feminine--"Geek in the Pink" is a song from one of my favorite artists: Jason Mraz.) I have no clue what I want do to when I graduate from college, but ever since starting to play the piano I feel like the rest of my life is somehow going to be connected with music. My current major in English, and I guess I was just going to become a teacher, but I'm honestly not passionate about it. I've had a piano in my house all of my life. Nobody played the piano, my mom was just a stickler for a deal and always managed find one at a good price; and she thought they looked nice as furniture. About two or three years ago, I taught myself to play guitar, or the rudiments of it. I became an alright player but have since stopped after I discovered a love for the piano that's been in my living room for my entire life--It's actually been there so long, it began to blend into walls to the point where I forgot we had a piano. After about five months of playing, I soon realized why nobody ever played it: it was horrible!! It was an old, Wurlitzer upright circa 1980 that hadn't been tuned in at least 15 years. I managed to get my hands on a decent weighted Casio keyboard and I've been playing ever since, well up until my car accident a month and a half ago. I've finally decided I am GOING to begin playing at Church, provided the current organist will let me sit in sometimes. I think it will be a good start to honing and discovering new talent and abilities, as well as getting back to being close with GOD. That's about it for me. I should be walking in a few weeks so I'll be able to post a recording of the Solfeggietto for you guys. Mr S-H, keep up the good work.

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#984276 - 03/20/06 09:53 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4217
Loc: Arizona.
Hey Geek, I hope you are okay from your auto smash. Being laid up like that has got to suck!



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#984277 - 03/21/06 08:17 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
rocky Offline
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Registered: 03/12/05
Posts: 1456
Loc: Louisville, KY
Geek, please post...if I remember you posted some really nice pieces in the past and I'd love to hear some more!! Glad to hear your recovery is coming along!!
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#984278 - 03/21/06 04:21 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
s54mo827 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 1231
Loc: New York
Hi Geek:

 Quote:
Originally posted by geek in the pink:
I have no clue what I want do to when I graduate from college, but feel like the rest of my life is somehow going to be connected with music.

I am GOING to begin playing at Church... honing abilities... being close with GOD. That's about it for me.
You have your whole life ahead of you.

Focus on getting better - that's the most important thing. Everything else will fall into place. You can be the richest man in the world, but if you don't have your health, what good is all that money. In your case, you'll be fine.

Peace be with you.
Sharon

EDIT: I'll tell ya, man - if you are the richest man in the world you can have the best doctors and the finest care.... hopefully, prayerfully.
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#984279 - 03/22/06 01:04 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Amaiakuyume Offline
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Registered: 11/25/05
Posts: 69
Loc: Australia
 Quote:
Originally posted by stuie:
Hi all, I'm 18 years old so i'm one of the very youngest members of this forum... Where do i start, I come from England... As i'm so young i'm still growing as a person, i only really begun listening to music 5 years ago, i began listening to rock music when my parents marriage disintegrated it was somewhat comforting and a way to deal with things.. eventually about 3 years ago i fell in love with evanescene... Amy lees voice and her tinklings on the piano began whats growing into a passion of mine. As my musical diversity began growing i started to enjoy Nobuo Uematsu's work, this spurred me on to listen to more new age piano pieces and some classical. Music is very much my way of dealing with life, my way of feeling others can feel like i can at times, and one day i hope to be able to write pieces so that others can maybe relate to me?

I'm a very socialy active person at the moment, i'm taking Chemistry and Biology at school aswell as learning Japanese and how to drive. so unfortunately until i finish learning to drive i cannot take piano lessons as my parents cannot afford them. In general to people i am known as one of the nicest guys around, i'd do anything for my friends.

As for a love life (most of you've posted about) it is none existent for me, i'm truly an oddball socially and i'm above my years, most people my age do not want a long term relationship. Love is another reason i want to learn to play the piano... to one day sit someone down and play for them how i feel... anyway i guess i'm waffleing a bit now sorry for my terrible grammar, English as a subject never was my strong point. [/b]
日本語? むずかしいですね。でもとてもおもしろいと思い ます。あなた、上手ですか。 これをわかりますか。

Haha, ignore that...I recently got a program that lets me type in japanese and I'm having fun with it \:D

Anyway, you sound a lot like me (I'm younger, so nyah :p ) I used to listen to Evanescence a lot (and still listen to Uematsu-san, and want to write my own music someday). And I can sympathise with you on the love life too \:\(

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#984280 - 03/23/06 02:03 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
This is a very beautiful thread.

I don't post here very much but I've been hanging out at PW since 2001. Back when the Coffee Room existed I spent a lot of time there and Pianist Corner. I've hosted 2 PW parties at my apartment in Brooklyn and for those of you new to the idea I urge you to try it out. It's a blast! The rules are simple: you show up to converse, eat, drink and play *if you feel like it*. There is no pressure. It's a blessing to have the opportunity to play in front of other people in an environment where it doesn't matter if you fail. Our failures are our guide to progress.

I'm 49, will be 50 this year and it doesn't seem right. I feel like I'm still a teenager in many respects. Ha! I love birds and all of nature. I share my apartment with 4 love birds (one of which was hand raised and is tame) and a parakeet. They are not caged but have a corner of the kitchen that is especially set up for them.

When I was a child I learned to read music and play a bit from a book one of my aunts had given us (I come from a large family: 7 boys and 2 girls). By the time I was in high school I could work out (with a bit of struggle) some Simon and Garfunkle pieces from a compilation I had purchased. I took band in high school and played oboe for 7 years. The band director taught me how to play a proper scale on the piano and that was the extent of lessons until I was about 34 when I started real lessons.

I spent about 2 years taking lessons from a co-worker who had a degree from Columbia Teacher's College then moved on to a woman (professional pianist) whom I worked with for 10 years. She taught me a lot; her love of music was infectious and I miss her vibrant energy and seeing her on a regular basis. Then I had 1.5 years of lessons with a teacher who made a profound impact on me and taught me some really valuable lessons. Her name is Madeline Bruser (she wrote the book "The Art of Practicing, A Guide To Making Music From The Heart"). I shall be eternally greatful to her for those lessons.

Madeline urged me into Alexander Technique lessons and I am now a fervent advocate of the technique and it's implications for musicians and especially pianists. There are some good books out there about the subject for anyone who is interested.

For the past 2 years I've worked without a teacher but I think this is the year which will see me returning to lessons (perhaps monthly or bi-weekly) and AT lessons.

Did I mention this was a beautiful thread? (And a beautiful forum!)

Oh! I forgot to mention I'm a computer programmer, mostly database.
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#984281 - 03/23/06 04:56 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Waterfall Offline
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Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 293
Loc: North Carolina
I live in Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and am in my first year as an English and composition (writing, not music) teacher. I lived in Louisiana until about 3 years ago when I married Mr. Right and moved "north."

I love piano and am taking lessons from a prof at UNC-Asheville and practice when I find the time. When I'm not practicing, I am usually reading, writing, or hiking.

I've written a book, 50 Hikes in Louisiana: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks in the Bayou State, published in 2003 by Countryman Press. I have also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, which I did in 2000. My husband and I are planning to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada) in 2008. My "trail name" when I hike is "Waterfall," which is also the name I use here. \:\)

Between now and then, I plan to get my teaching certification, research Ph.D. programs because I want to go back to school, and plan a piano recital for early fall of 2007.

So, I keep busy! I'm 36 and an INFP (for those of you who are into Myers-Briggs personality types), and my favorite "people" to be with (besides my husband), are my piano and my cats. I'm a classical music nut and have more than once thought about going back to school to get a degree in music, just so I can have a few years of immersion in the world of Bach, Beethoven, and the rest of them.

I've really just gotten back into piano in the last two and a half years. I started to minor in music in college (late 80s/early 90s) but was not able to do the final piano recital due to family circumstances that took me away from school my last semester. I didn't play (regularly) for about 12 years after that, and I'm so happy to be playing again, FINALLY. \:\)

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#984282 - 03/23/06 05:06 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Waterfall Offline
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Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 293
Loc: North Carolina
 Quote:
Originally posted by Bernard:
Her name is Madeline Bruser (she wrote the book "The Art of Practicing, A Guide To Making Music From The Heart"). I shall be eternally greatful to her for those lessons.

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I love that book!

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#984283 - 03/23/06 10:40 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17746
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
I just caught up with the latest posts in this thread.

Bernard: umm, how do you ensure that your birds STAY in their kitchen area? Are you worried about bird poop in the piano at all? My stepmother had parrots who roamed free in the house. I still remember getting dive-bombed once when they decided to zoom around the ground floor!

Waterfall: That is so cool you hiked the Appalachian trail. One of my all time favorite books is Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods." I'm sure you must have read it.
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#984284 - 03/24/06 01:38 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Kam Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 184
Loc: Canada
Im a 18 yr old chinese guy, very young comparing to many people here. I had always enjoyed listening to music since 10 yrs old especially classical pieces. Since that age my parents force me to learn piano for at least 8 yrs. Those years were pain to me. I was really angry with my parents at that time. Practicing 15mins a day is like a few hours spending on homework. Not until last september I entered university and had the freedom to play whatever I want. Now, I prefer New Age music . I played a lot of new age pieces by David Lanz and David Nevue. I dont like my yamaha upright, it sounds terrible to my ears so I begged my parents to buy me a Yamaha digital . With that digital, I can also play piano in my dorm. My ultimate dream is to own a Yamaha world class concert grand (or even playing in a concert), a best gaming machine and a subaru world rally car.

English is my second language, forgive my grammar
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#984285 - 03/25/06 04:33 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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#984286 - 03/25/06 06:49 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 11/27/05
Posts: 36
Loc: Rochester, NY
I haven't been around in a while. Leave it to Mr. Super-Hunky to make this board always so interesting.

I'm 39 and live in westeren, NY and I'm married to a guy I met at my 10 year high school reunion. Who would of thought that would happen?

I became a teacher because I had a great Fashion Merchandising teacher in high school who had a major impact on my life (at the Career & Technical where I work). I set my goal to take her job when she retired so I could also make a difference in kids lives. I did reach that goal and I taught that program for 2 years until they closed it 8 years ago, I was given a new position at the center. I'm a work experience coordinator and I've been placing high school students on internships for the past 8 years. I will be teaching a night course (Introduction to Fashion Merchadising) this fall at Buffalo State College for the first time. I'm a little nervous, but I've always wanted to teach at the college level.

I play my piano everyday. I'm getting better and I love the music. I've always loved music, but it was more like the Scorpions, Van Halen and KISS 20 years ago. I was a big haired Rock n Roll chick I guess you could say. I went to a ton of concerts in the 80's.

I love reading everyone's bios. It's so interesting to read about all of you.

I'm also an aspiring writer. I'm writing a fiction novel based on exact true events about a 6 horrific murders that happed 80 years ago about 7 miles from where I live. Only I haven't hardly touched it since I started playing piano 6 months ago. There are only so many hours in a day. I've got about 150 pages of my first draft done. It will end up being a retirement project.

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#984287 - 03/25/06 08:52 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Sue, thanks for sharing i love reading the mini backgrounds for everyone:)
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#984288 - 03/26/06 10:16 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 03/10/06
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Loc: Lost
Hi! I'm Álvaro, from Spain, 18 years. I'm a piano student. I looooooooooove music. Why? Because music is everything.

I also love reading and writing... and some other things.
Hmm... no girlfriend \:\( I will marry myself.

I practice from six to eight hours each day, I began recently and I'm learning veeeeeery fast, actually, I'm very happy!!! \:\)

I want to become a pianist or a piano teacher.
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#984289 - 03/26/06 12:53 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Hi AQP_87, welcome! You are lucky indeed to be able to play 6-8 hours a day. And at 18 you are way too young to think about getting married, so don't sweat it. Besides, after seeing your picture on the other thread, I have no worries about you finding a beautiful and friendly lady friend. ;\)

Sue: Good to see you back. And good on you for your writing! I have always had a desire to write something besides boring scholarly articles but have not yet gotten up the nerve to sit down and do it. You've got 150 pages of what sounds like a great book! I hope you will finish it some day.
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#984290 - 03/26/06 01:09 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 02/14/03
Posts: 6416
Loc: Washington D.C. Metro
Let's see.

I'm a 44-year-old chick, married, with daughters (14 and 11) and a son (8). I'm what I like to call a stay-at-home lawyer, which means I practice law from home, except when I don't. Like Bernard, I can't quite believe I've grown this old because I feel like I'm in my late 20s.

I started piano lessons as an adult seven years ago. I am very surprised that I stuck with it. I mean, this is hard! Every time I sit down at my big ol' grand piano and play something, I am amazed that it's me doing it. My biggest piano accomplishment is playing a lot of recitals and getting over my terror at playing before an audience (mostly). Gotta face those fears, ya know?

I play a lot of tennis (my other passion) and I am learning golf to keep my husband happy.

I used to post a ton here, but these days I'm mostly at one of the PW spin-offs that formed when CR closed. I'm thrilled that ABF continues to grow and thrive. You guys *rock!*
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#984291 - 03/26/06 01:26 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 03/10/06
Posts: 531
Loc: Lost
 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Hi AQP_87, welcome! You are lucky indeed to be able to play 6-8 hours a day. And at 18 you are way too young to think about getting married, so don't sweat it. Besides, after seeing your picture on the other thread, I have no worries about you finding a beautiful and friendly lady friend. ;\) [/b]
Hello Monica \:\) I have read several of your posts, and you're a very nice person.
Yes, being able to practice 6-8 hours is something to be happy about. But after practicing I have to go running just to breath fresh air... Otherwise I would turn mad (more \:D ).
Nice to talk with you Monica!
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#984292 - 03/28/06 12:12 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 152
Loc: South Carolina
I can't believe I have actually finished reading all of this (the second night-finishing the last two pages in this thread. \:\)
Super Hunky you are just good at getting others to open up.. \:\)

It looks like theres a few others here as well into photography, played or plays trumpet, other instruments, and I dont remember who but born in Hamburg Germany...I was born in Nernburg Germany.
I have family and friends all over but mainly in Akron Ohio and Virgina..Moved here in South Carolina at the age of 9 and this is where I call home the same town where my parents started out before buying and renting in other places nearby.

Anyways, My name is Tracy L. M. King,(Lots of Tracy Kings in the world with many talents or popular a work in progress by me)
age 30, female, stay and work at home mom of 2 boys (homeschool) 2 step daughters, and 1 grandson.

I really never thought I would enjoy being with out a car, wich we have a truck and I use it from time to time atleast twice a week... Gotta help global warming somehow...I stay at home so much wich gives me free time to practice..
I never thought I would love to practice either.
I look forward to practicing and sometimes just happen to pass by or look up in the middle of the day to say piano time...Having two small boys that love music I have learned a lot childrens songs so that they can sing along nursery type so fun \:\) plus they are easy.
I started band in my teens, 2 years of high school marching and concert band. (trumpet and percussion or pit crew member) One year of piano class a 30 minute class with 9 others each having their own keyboard and headphones to play with one of the best teachers Mrs Godfrey..
Never had a piano growing up just a keyboard with tiny keys but I still tinkered with it...
You could say as a child, I had a mean momma who told me "you cant", more than one time at any of my thoughts or ideas, specially things that had to do with hobby, talent, and enjoyment from desires to try....Most of all that I couldnt follow my dreams and be successful as a muscian or artist.
So I really am glad to be apart of this group as I also read that there are some good positive thinkers, natural healers, as well as psychologist or (gonna be) here.

So other than music being a big part of my life photography, art, and learning to write better so I can write poems and limericks or document my images for family scrapbooks. I also enjoy journal writing it helps me to find the truth about things in life where as my mom was a controller or manipulator for 27 years of my life...

Music that I really enjoy playing or learning
Nora Jones, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Lynard Skynard, Billy Joel, Nickleback, Stevie Wonder, just to name a few..I have been studying jazz for the past year, perhaps one day I will play in New Orleans... I have recently discovered and been invited to play with the local concert band that is a big part of the arts or reaching out to kids in the community..

Sorry to ramble on here, I didnt mean to make a long posting..I usually do when it comes to describing something I am interested in..
I am still new to the forums and I am so thankful to be apart of it with all the wonderful people here..
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#984293 - 03/28/06 02:58 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4217
Loc: Arizona.
Nice in depth reply moon

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#984294 - 03/30/06 07:21 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
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Bernard: umm, how do you ensure that your birds STAY in their kitchen area? Are you worried about bird poop in the piano at all? My stepmother had parrots who roamed free in the house. I still remember getting dive-bombed once when they decided to zoom around the ground floor![/b]
(Monica, sorry for my delayed response, I've been away.)

Well I don't ensure that they stay in the kitchen. In fact they don't! \:D They'll come into the dining room when I'm having breakfast and I make sure to have a catalog or newspaper for them to shred up; they love to chew. They also fly into the living room area but not as often (I think? \:\) ).

Yes, they've blessed (so to speak ;\) ) other areas of my apartment but the odorless residue is easy to swipe away when dry. These birds are quite small and do not leave as much evidence as a full grown parrot would.
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