Me and my friend, Frank
This is me and my friend, Frank.
We’re the two old people who sit in the front row of piano class at Pima Community College. If you’ve ever thought you were too old to take a class, trust me, we are the furthest things from the radar screens of the late-teens and twenty-somethings behind us.
At 66 and 50, Frank and I are pretty proud of ourselves. It’s taken every bit of our brain power to do it, but after four semesters together, for our final, we’re set to play pieces by Bach - a feat neither one of us thought we could complete.
We don’t have musical backgrounds to speak of. Nothing like the multi-talented kids among us. After serving in the National Guard, Frank went back to school at 35 and became an engineer at 50. He’s a loving hubby, caring dad, and has always wanted to play the piano. Now retired, he’s making it happen.
It’s been fun having Frank’s positive vibe by my side. We get to class early to practice. We ask the teacher questions. We track our practice sessions. I’m sure the kids' eyes are rolling behind us, “Why do they take everything so seriously. LOL” While they stroll in late, practice leisurely and still pass easily.
Frank and I remind each other it doesn’t matter what grade we get. That’s not why we’re in it. The fact is, we’re going to sit at that piano and play that piece, way better than we could a month ago, let alone two years ago. we’re getting exactly what we came for: progress.
In true engineering spirit, Frank spots patterns in the music and highlights them with Sharpies.
He brought me some so I can too.
We do whatever we have to do to get through.
Never stop learning, is our wish for you.
p.s. if you have no desire to play piano, but love listening, check out the magic that happened when two strangers met at a piano in a Paris train station.
p.s.s. or, move to your own groove. like this little guy. may he always rock it like he owns it.
p.s.s. i listen to The Minimalists podcast and love what these guys are up to. their documentary is coming to Tucson. check out the trailer. such a practical, meaningful, powerful message without being wacky about it. they encourage you to get clear on what's not adding value to your life... stuff or situations... and to take action in your own way.