Thursday, April 21, 2011

Question of the Day #906

When I first lived in LA, with all the girls at Mansfield, we loved to sing. We dreamed of starting an all girl band, but none of played an instrument. So I decided to rent a piano and learn how to play it.

The thing is, I'm not that coordinated. So a friend taught me how to play chords. Enough so I could accompany us while we harmonized.

But I never really learned to play.

In fact, a couple years ago, one night when LDZ and I found ourselves at a party house in the LBC, I sat down at the baby grand and couldn't remember a thing. Not even a chorus. And when my fingers hit the keys, I wasn't even sure if I was playing real chords.

If you could suddenly acquire a great artistic ability, what would you choose?

xoxo,
Suzanne

7 comments:

  1. Oh this is hard! I used to play the guitar, but was not all that accomplished and I can sing. I draw a little...make things.

    I suppose if I could write like a favorite author and not have to go through the agony of revision that might be one thing I'd choose. Another might be singing like Ella Fitzgerald. (By "like" I mean to have the talent, the gift, not to sound like her or write like say...John Steinbeck.)

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  2. Either play a stringed instrument or sing. I cannot do either.

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  3. While I don't have a musical bone in my body, I've always thought I would love to sing or play piano. However, if it was GREAT artistic ability, it would be as a fine artist, preferrably a painter.

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  4. Oh, piano. I took lessons for years at the end of high school and college, but I never quite got the hang of it. Lessons are great, of course, but there is an intrinsic talent to that instrument that is hard to replicate.

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  5. Piano has been on my list. And hand drumming. And I wish I could spontaneously find my voice in writing. Instead I hear it takes about 20 years (or 10,000 hours) to become an overnight success.

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