Our piano was built in 1912, so I had an idea to hold a party to celebrate; invite musicians, singers, and general hangers-on to come and have a knees up around the piano. I mean, how often do you get to play with an instrument that was constructed the year the Titanic sank. I thought this historic milestone was worth celebrating. I even typed up some fact sheets for 1912 for a bit of fun.
Tom is a member of an R&B band and used to be a member of a celtic band, so we invited all the musicians along, not knowing how the two music cultures would mix. All ages and people from varied cultures joined us for an afternoon of musical madness. Everything from reggae, funk, country, blues, and celtic was played at some point. We also had a friend of ours from Liverpool, also called Tom, sing some folk songs acappella.
We made some new friends, and reconnected with old friends, and all through music. None of this would have been possible without Tom. His greatest gift to me has been music. He has taught me to play the piano and has brought music into our home. He plays the piano almost daily and has invited various musicians over to practice. It has been a privilege to experience, first hand, the talent of these wonderful people.