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#1312134 - 11/25/09 12:16 PM Lance the Piano*Cat loves music
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No, it's not Nora the piano playing cat, but our cat Lance has taken a real shine to sitting in Anthony's lap as he tries to practice. The accent on tries to practice. Sometimes the cat sits quietly. That's bad enough because of the weight. But sometimes he butts Anthony's arms and hands for attention, especially if it's dinner time. This can get rather amusing. Here's a little practice session on the third Gershwin Prelude. The piece is clearly not polished yet, but it will be in a few weeks. The cat is the amusement value.

Lance enjoying a little Gershwin Practice
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#1312143 - 11/25/09 12:32 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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That's so cute. laugh My teacher had an old cat awhile ago who would drool while I played...don't if it was a good sign or not! It was a rather scary looking cat too. Not nearly as cute as yours. I used to have a cat who would enjoy pouncing across the keyboard if I left the piano open. Too bad I didn't film her and turn her into an internet sensation. wink

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#1312159 - 11/25/09 01:01 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Frozenicicles]
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Love the cat! He seems to appreciate Gershwin!

I also wish I could play this Prelude as well as Anthony's "unpolished" version!

I'm looking forward to the final product.

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#1312160 - 11/25/09 01:01 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Frozenicicles]
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I have a little table beside my piano I used to keep music on. Alice, my "piano cat" decided it was her napping spot. Now the music is elsewhere and Alice has a basket beside the piano.
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#1312284 - 11/25/09 04:34 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: -Frycek]
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My hound dog "Bubba" likes to lie under my feet when I play. Sometimes he gets in the way of the pedal, but otherwise he doesn't bother me except when he's ready for his walk, then he tries to sing. His singing sounds like a hound dog howling: loud and off key.
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#1312327 - 11/25/09 05:34 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: BruceD]
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Love the cat! He seems to appreciate Gershwin!


I think he likes less energetic pieces even better. Then he can just sit there in Anthony's lap and enjoy the music without being jostled too much. On the other hand, if it's his dinner time, he does the jostling with his very wet and very cold nose applied directly to some exposed skin on the arm or hand. grin
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#1312394 - 11/25/09 07:12 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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You're lucky Piano*dad, my cat never just sits on a lap, she walks up and down the keys, then sits down on the keys. Or if she does sit on a lap she always cheeks smooches the keys so that they sound. It wouldn't be so bad, but she can never be completely trusted not to take a swipe at your hands, drawing a little blood. Otherwise Id be turning her into a Nora for sure wink

A while ago (before Cat was banned from the room) a student was playing a new piece and Cat climbed onto the bench beside her. "no leave her there!" begged the student mid-piece. I muttered dire warnings about claws. The piece drew towards its conclusion but the student fumbled to find the final low note, and then my Cat played it with her paw. The right note. It was a D. Cat was a little late, but ahead of the student laugh
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#1312502 - 11/25/09 10:35 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Canonie]
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I had a voice teacher a long while ago who had a dog, a little Westhighland Terrier, who would go in a corner and get the dry heaves whenever a soprano sang a tone or two above the staff.

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#1312526 - 11/25/09 11:51 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: tomasino]
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Alice In Pianoland (please pardon dusty desk!)
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#1312633 - 11/26/09 05:32 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: -Frycek]
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Hey Frycek - that's the spot where your music should go isn't it! Lovely pic of a happily sleeping kitty.

Tomasino, I am speechless at that image. How disturbing (for sopranos).

Piano*dad
After the little reference to Piano*son's competition winnings in another thread I am wondering if perhaps the cat on his lap was just too cute for the judges to resist wink


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#1312674 - 11/26/09 08:35 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Canonie]
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Originally Posted By: Canonie
Hey Frycek - that's the spot where your music should go isn't it! Lovely pic of a happily sleeping kitty.


That's where it did go. She kept knocking it off until I got the message.
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#1312678 - 11/26/09 08:45 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: -Frycek]
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-Frycek
yes I know, from your earlier post. It was nice to see and recognise former music spot taken over by cat.

Just got up from a practice where my cat was as disruptive as possible. I put a really alluring chair just far enough away not to scare me. She sat on it and purred loudly... then jumped onto my lap (scary) then onto keys (loud and scary). Then when I stand up she gets down. Fine. So i start again she gets up on chair, purrs loudly, leaps onto lap (i stop playing) she plays some soft chords with her cheeks... I practise the RH at a safe distance a few 8ves higher than written, she leaps onto the keys again.
I would love to have a cat like yours that just curls up nearby and makes me feel all warm inside. I don't think it's ever going to happen. I mean I appreciate that she is a very musical cat, but..

Hey I just realised that I was playing Claude Depussy. Maybe if I go back to the Bark she'll ignore me haughtily and I can get on with it smirk
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#1312697 - 11/26/09 09:46 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Canonie]
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Originally Posted By: Canonie

After the little reference to Piano*son's competition winnings in another thread I am wondering if perhaps the cat on his lap was just too cute for the judges to resist wink


Alas, the cat isn't allowed as a prop. grin
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#1312704 - 11/26/09 10:06 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Canonie]
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-Frycek
I would love to have a cat like yours that just curls up nearby and makes me feel all warm inside. I don't think it's ever going to happen. I mean I appreciate that she is a very musical cat, but..

Alice is definitely a people cat. She has to be with someone. I usually practice two-three hours in the morning before I go to work. I'll be wearing jeans and as soon as I change into my scrubs she knows I'm headed for work and goes and hangs out in my husband's lair. She has her manic moments too. She sometimes repeatedly leaps into my lap, usually from the floor. I just have to put her back down rather firmly. Her favorite non-pianistic trick is to get trapped in the laundry chute. The hatch door only swings one way she has to be rescued. Recently we put a hook and eye on the door and are taking bets as to how long it'll take her to learn to unlatch it.

Fred and Alice
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#1312713 - 11/26/09 10:25 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: -Frycek]
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Now imagine your cat speaking like Haley Joel Osment in Sixth Sense ....


"I see dead people ...."


grin
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#1312731 - 11/26/09 11:05 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Originally Posted By: Piano*Dad
Now imagine your cat speaking like Haley Joel Osment in Sixth Sense ....


"I see dead people ...."


grin

Well, I've photographed some unexplained balls of light in that room before - - wink
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#1312989 - 11/26/09 10:26 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: -Frycek]
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Must be the reflections from Alice's eyes!
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#1314020 - 11/28/09 07:19 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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David,

That video is really wonderful. Lance really loves the piano and Anthony's playing. Does the cat hang around when Anthony plays other things as well as the Gershwin?

I got Lulu'd yesterday while I was practicing. My fluffy ragdoll Lulu decided that it was time for a kitty hug and got up in my face while I was practicing. I tried to at sit her down on my lap, but she kept getting up and putting her paws around my neck.

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#1314022 - 11/28/09 07:25 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: John Citron]
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Today, Anthony played the third movement of the Beethoven sonata Op. 10 no. 1 and Lance sat contentedly in his lap for the entire piece. The cat actually enjoys the music and the company. He is the most remarkable cat I have ever owned. He is placid for the most part, and deeply affectionate in turn. Of course, when Lance is in his lap Anthony cannot quite play with the same intensity. He might disturb the beast. smile
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#1684224 - 05/25/11 09:44 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Lance the piano*cat passed away yesterday. This one was very special to me.

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#1684229 - 05/25/11 09:51 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Oh Piano*Dad that is sad. I'm very sorry, you must be missing him very much. I hope it was a peaceful farewell. He is so very beautiful (and musical) in that picture.
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#1684237 - 05/25/11 10:08 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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My condolences to you. I hope Lance passed away peacefully. Try to let your fond memories of him bring you some solace.

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#1684252 - 05/25/11 10:29 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Very sorry to hear your news, Piano Dad. I know very well how important pets can be. My sincere condolences on your loss of a family member.
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#1684256 - 05/25/11 10:34 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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We picked him up from the shelter about eight years ago. He had been dropped off by a prior owner who didn't have time for such a needy cat. The cat's "need" was for human company. When the aide at the shelter took him out of his cage and handed him to me, I held him like a baby and he just melted into a contented purr. We knew we had a keeper! He would jump up on the bed at night and nestle under my arm. And, of course, he would sit very contentedly on the piano bench listening to whoever was practicing.

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#1684306 - 05/25/11 12:00 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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I was afraid to open this thread, knowing it was old and there was probably - news. I'm so sorry. I know how much Lance meant to you.

Cathy
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#1684316 - 05/25/11 12:17 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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I'm so very sorry. What a beautiful and loving cat! I lost my (17 year old) cat in March. She also loved the piano and would sit with me when I played. I'm sorry for your loss.
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#1684375 - 05/25/11 01:44 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Very sorry.
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#1684390 - 05/25/11 02:09 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: jotur]
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I was afraid to open this thread, knowing it was old and there was probably - news. I'm so sorry. I know how much Lance meant to you.

Cathy


Yes, he meant a lot. I'm glad I've got some good photos and video of him.

He lost most of his kidney function about two months ago. We went the whole nine yards with him (subcutaneous fluids, phosphorus binder, potassium pills and epigen), and he responded remarkably well. But yesterday I came home and found him having trouble breathing. We whisked him to an after hours clinic and the chest x-ray and blood pressure confirmed the worst. He had some metastatic disease in his lungs and he had really high blood pressure. There was little choice. We let him walk outside for a while and we held him. And then we let him go.
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#1684449 - 05/25/11 03:45 PM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Sorry to hear about that. Also, this thread was originally posted on the DAY I joined Piano World.

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#1684716 - 05/26/11 01:19 AM Re: Lance the Piano*Cat loves music [Re: Piano*Dad]
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Oh... I'm so sorry Piano*Dad. The photos and video are just lovely smile
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