Old Armand Piano (Marcel Desilets)
I once had the experience of taking apart an old upright piano that was deemed no longer worthy of even being tuned, it was in that much need of restoration.
I decided to take it apart for several reasons, the main one being the materials that it was built from that I knew could be used for other purposes.
The white keys were ivory covered, which I gave to an artist friend for scrimshaw work. The black, being ebony, were kept for vintage instrument repair that I divided up between a friend and I, and a lot of the large wood pieces became shelving, mostly in my studio.
I was hoping I'd also find a song in that old instrument, but it just wasn't happening. The song, Penny On The Tracks, that I had written just before that experience was one that dealt with the theme of nostalgia, and I knew that's what would have to come from the piano.
I resigned myself to the fact that I was not going to be able to write a song from the experience, and of course the very next day out popped the song I was hoping for, which is titled Old Piano Pieces, the title being the perfect double entendre.
Most of my writing happens by waiting for the inspiration, as in Old Piano Pieces. Having been invited to be songwriter-in -residence at Aqua Books has given me the opportunity to set aside time, and go to a specific place to concentrate on writing, something that I've never really done before.
So, I came up with an idea for writing a song, by re-purposing words and phrases from various books at Aqua Books. The song is titled Some Kingdom's Door.
Old Piano Pieces by Marcel Desilets
Marcel Desilets (Sam Baardman)
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