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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Pia-Pia-Piano - Sepia Saturday

You could not describe me as musical in any way; I can't play an instrument or hold a tune, at school I was told to mime in the House Group during the annual music competition. Mind you there was a time when at children's parties I have had to join in 'The Music Man'.


I don't know what the couple at the piano in our prompt were playing/singing but I doubt it included 'pia-pia-piano'. However it did inspire me to find a 19th century piano player.

Piano Player - 19th Century Replica
(By David Maiolo, 13 Oct 2007 - CC BY-SA 3.0)
The young man is concentrating hard and is playing without music, unlike our prompt, but he does have some photos on the top of his piano.

There are music and flowers in my second photo of an American singer and piano player who died in 1939.

Lois Weber at the piano
(Press photo from the George Bain Collection purchased by the Library of Congress in 1948)
Apparently Lois perfected her singing and piano playing in her church choir.

This week's prompt is made for our own music man, Sepian Mike Brubaker at temposenzatempo. You will find him and others at Sepia-Saturday-214,





18 comments:

Wendy said...

I had to memorize pieces for piano recitals. I'm wondering now how I ever did that.

Jo said...

Hubby was a pianist and never played except from music. He is an affiliate of the LSM but today doesn't remember how to play at all.

Kristin said...

I wonder if the piano playing lady wore that elegant outfit when playing at church.

Postcardy said...

Your musical talent sounds as bad as mine.

Little Nell said...

So was it the piano or the pianist that was a19thcentury replica? Two very interesting photos.

La Nightingail said...

I love playing the piano and though I can - sort of - play from music, I'm most comfortable playing 'by ear' and especially my own compositions. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember how they (my own compositions) go, though. Thank heaven I eventually learned how to write them down!

Rosie said...

I am not a musical person, that is, I don't play a musical instrument, but I have been in choirs, (school and church) all my life, love to sing. I like the gown the lady is wearing, very chic.

luvlinens said...

Lois certainly dressed for the occasion.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Well, if I'd had that dress, I would have played better...of course!

Deb Gould said...

That's it! It's the dress! Maybe it would have helped me, too, for I always botched my recitals!

Lovely's Blot said...

I can't play the piano either. I often wish I could. Lack of sticking power on my part I'm afraid. I was offered the lessons but I preferred to be put on my bike.

Mike Brubaker said...

Gosh, I'm flattered at the plug, Bob. These were good choices too. Alan didn't add the information on his theme photo but the woman was Julia Culp, a Dutch soprano who sang salon style recitals. I think your singer came from the same collection.

Jo Featherston said...

Told to mime? Oh dear, that is a bit sad! I don't have any musical ability either but just enjoy listening to others who do.

ScotSue said...

I wonder if Lois ever got her long flowing dress tied up with the pedals.

Bel said...

Wow, love Lois's dress! Impressive!

Boobook said...

My son-in-law never learnt to play piano or read music but he can sit down and pick out a tune so easily. I'm always amazed.

Alan Burnett said...

I like the idea of a tribute to Mike B. Mr Music Man himself.

Jackie van Bergen said...

For a non-musical Sepian, you sure played along well!