I was able to attend a piano recital tonight. It was a lot of fun, which isn’t something I can say about every piano recital I’ve been to. The students played beautifully. I was especially happy to see some adult students. There were a couple of standouts. I remember seeing a little boy named Quinton play last year, and thinking he was a very talented child. He played again tonight, and did not disappoint. He has a great grasp of timing, played rhythms many children older than him would have trouble with. I could tell that he actually feels the music. One of the most impressive things I saw tonight actually involved a student making a mistake. An adult student made a couple of mistakes playing Clementi Opus 36, No. 1. What was impressive was her graceful recovery. I was almost glad she made mistakes so I could witness her ability to recover quickly and without calling attention to herself or the mistake. Many students could learn from her. This is definitely not easy to do, and she did it beautifully.

I left feeling happy, uplifted, really glad I was able to go. I also felt so bummed about having 3 more weeks to have this splint on my right hand. I want to play so badly! Hearing Katie play tonight brought back memories of learning to play the first movement of Moonlight. Must have been about 20 years ago! Suddenly I’m feeling kind of old (not really). It’s a piece that’s easy to put feeling into, and I remember that I enjoyed playing it. I know it’s a piece that many intermediate students play, but I never get tired of it. Maybe when my splint comes off I’ll pull it out and play through it.

The recital also included some music by Rebecca (piano teacher whose students performed in the recital) and friends ~ some jazz trio, quartet, band. I was fascinated by the bass guitar player in the jazz band. He played a lot like Trevor (my baby boy), and I suspected instantly that he plays classical guitar. A classical guitarist plays bass much differently than your average bass player. I asked him afterward if he plays classical guitar, and was not surprised when he said that he does. It was very obvious, having seen Trev play bass after years of classical lessons. The kid tonight was great fun to watch.

There were many other fun musical moments tonight, but my hands are screaming for rest. But I must say, the end of the recital (a video of Katie ~ student of 6 years, who graduates this year and was performing in her last recital for Rebecca) was so moving. I cried. Katie is such a lovely girl. Not surprising, considering her awesome parents 🙂

All in all, a very very very good night!