Inspired by Words and Notes

A lovely essay titled “Piano Lessons” appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Mother’s Day.

I was fascinated by the way in which Professor Greene’s essay intertwined music and the beauty of words, revealing the similarities between playing the piano and writing, two of my passions.  Music and literature share rhythm, composition, and story, so that a piano piece can tell a story as vividly as a novel, and a novel can crescendo like a piece of music. Words are like notes, and sentences like musical phrases.  As Professor Greene’s essay illustrates, they both have the power to inspire.

The subtitle of the essay is:

Music saved my mother. Her pianos provided independence, self-respect and the backdrop to an emergent world of words.

playing the piano


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