Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Just Like Running Scales

Wiki says: "Nora (born 2006) is a gray tabby cat, rescued from a shelter in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who has become famous for "tapping" the piano. The Times of London, in its online edition, characterized her music as being "something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz." When a year old, Nora climbed up onto the bench in front of a Yamaha Disklavier piano in the middle of the night and began to play.

"Since that time, Nora has continued to play the piano on a daily basis. This sometimes annoys her owner. She will play duets with her owner and her owner's students. The students encouraged the creation of a YouTube video, which was uploaded in early 2007. It received a large number of views and attracted the attention of other media. It was featured on many talk shows, newspapers and news channels including Martha Stewart, CNN, The Daily Show, Public Radio International, The Today Show and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Nora was featured on the syndicated television show, Wild About Animals, episode #332, in September 2010.

"It appears that Nora likes the attention piano playing brings her, but she also plays when alone. She expresses a preference for playing with students, especially when they play Bach, and for playing a specific piano, her Yamaha Disklavier. She gravitates toward the D-E-F range on the keyboard and includes the black keys in her playing."

Just Like Running Scales

Each bruise is a symphony
trying to erupt,
each malaise a note
in the depth of my aching
knuckleheaded style.

I wish I knew more
so I learn and learn over
and over again
just like running scales
up and down the black and whites
in the flats and sharps,
in the naturals.
He calls me to His practice,
guess that's what it is
breaks my nails again.

November 5, 2013 6:20 AM

1 comment:

  1. And she's such an intelligent, soulful pianist.

    "......so I learn and learn over and over again......" It's a comfort that I'm not the only knucklehead in creation.


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