I scored my childhood piano from my parents, only to realize a key point: I don't have space for it. So, it collects dust in storage, while I contemplate how to make room for it in hopes that my children will become accomplished pianists — or at least learn to play "Chopsticks." The old player took a beating from my siblings and me, so it needs a lot of TLC. Refinishing it seems daunting, but I love The Modern Hive's idea of covering it in chalkboard paint and turning it into a grand musical tablet. This fun and whimsical approach just may harmonize my old instrument with my new style, without being the massive DIY project I had feared. My mom and dad cringe at the thought of it, but what do you think?
A piano, be it an opulent grand piano or a more conservative upright one, adds instant charm to any room. If one of your housemates is skilled at the keys, you may hear some delightful tunes, too. But, they're a big investment if you're in it just for looks. Do you own one?
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Remember Nora, the piano playing cat? Well, apparently she's hit the big time, because here's a video that shows her in front of an chamber orchestra, mixing it up with a little atonal modern music. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Purr-actice, purr-actice, purr-actice!
I'm a fan of street art, especially when it involves music, so I'm especially inspired by the "Street Pianos" project, which placed 30 pianos on streets, public squares, parks, train stations, and markets around London. After July 13, the pianos will be donated to local schools and community groups.
Even if you don't have room to put a piano in your home, you can still add some musical notes. You can start with this Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogie Poster ($129).
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Growing up, I diligently practiced Mozart on a spinet piano, which was compact enough to fit snugly in a corner in the living room. My mother-in-law practices Rachmaninoff on a gorgeous grand piano by a picture window that overlooks downtown Seattle. While we don't have a piano in our home, I'd love to get one. I settle for playing Tchaikovsky on an open-holed flute instead. Do you have musical instruments in your home? If so, are they a part of your interior design scheme?
If the cool jazz sounds from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood met the Super Mario Brothers theme, this is what it would sound like. How many variations of this will they come up with?!
Cats are known for laying low, lounging around, and catching a midday snooze whenever they feel like it. And if they "feel like it" all day long — so be it. Despite all this nap time, they manage to impress us again and again with newfound skills. What's their secret? Sleep-induced productivity. Cats have mastered the art of getting sh*t done in their sleep. It's yet another reason they're better than us (and they know it) . . .
Tay Zonday made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's "Internet Talent Showcase" to sing his smash song "Chocolate Rain." Zonday, looking like a deer in headlights and equipped with a frog in his throat, gave the best performance of his career. But the audience wasn't amused. In fact, they looked appalled. Where's John Mayer when you need him?
This children's piano has an awfully strange request. No wonder kids are growing up fast these days. What kind of filthy "toys" are they playing with? (And what's that poking out from between the pages of the music book? Whatever it is, that goofy grin has got to go!)
This morning's interlude is inspired by Tom Hank's classic film Big. Remember that memorable movie moment when Tom made music with his feet on an oversized walking keyboard in FAO Schwarz? The actor was nowhere near as skillful in that scene as these dudes are in the following clip, so you're in for a treat! (Thanks, College Humor!)