When I was 13 or so, I asked for a keyboard for Christmas. I invested my allowance in a number of books for my keyboard, and spent hours in my room learning the notes. I placed cheat stickers on the keys of my Yamaha, so that if I got lost I could look down and find my place. Oh how I wanted my hands to speed over the keys. Over and over I practiced the songs and tried to improve.
My Mom recently brought the keyboard to the house for the boys. It's the exact model that I had - she said she found it in my grandmother's basement. I don't think it is my old one (after all, there is no residual sticker residue on the keys) but it is the same.
The Yamaha can play one song on its own. Billy Joel's Just the Way You Are. It plays it with different instruments, demonstrating all the wonders the keyboard can do. The refrain is familiar in my mind - musical paths untraveled for many years, but still worn to a groove in my mind.
I'm taking tomorrow off, but I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! And just because I won't be blogging tomorrow, readers.....
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are
Aww, come on readers, humor me my cheesy 80s song lyrics on Thanksgiving! Enjoy your families tomorrow folks! :-)