- Relationship to Diabetes
- Type 2
Back in the 1990s, Liz bought me a video of a live performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by ELP. While watching it I reflected that I had always wished that I could play the piano and regretted not having learned. At home we did have an old upright piano but my parents could never have been able to afford for me to have lessons. At this time though, pushing forty, the question that immediately presented itself was 'what's stopping you then?' So, I checked the small ads, bought an old Ambridge piano for £100 and found myself a piano teacher. I worked at it for around ten years and acheived a basic level of competence. I stuck with classical pieces as I find piano arrangements of pop songs to be dreadful. Once I started to be a bit more serious I bought a digital piano and sold the Ambridge on. Eventually I got to the stage where practicing was really becoming a chore, just at the point when my teacher was telling me that I really should be doing an hour a day if I wanted to keep progressing. So, sometime in the mid noughties, I called it a day. From time to time I have gone back to it and relearned some of my repertoire. Having now been retired for eight months I have now started to find time to practice again. I have gone back to some of the simpler stuff from the Anna Magdalene Notebook, a collection of learner pieces that J S Bach put together for his second wife. There are two pieces that I used to play that I have started to practice again. I also have a book of really simple arrangements of Xmas carols so I've been playing In Dulcie Jubilo, as made famous by Mike Oldfield, Just because it will soon be Xmas. I only have a small amount of talent, so I don't think that anyone will ever want to pay to hear me play. Still, for my own amusement, I'm enjoying myself.