I can still remember the day the second hand black Wurlitzer spinet piano was placed in our dinning room. It was paid for by my Grandmother who thought it necessary we children learned how to play.
My Grandmother was quite the pianist and in our basement we had boxes of sheet music from the early 1900's. My Mother also played and told me about Woolworth's Five and Dime having a pianist in the sheet music department. He or She would play the tune for your approval before you purchased, no refunds were allowed on music!
So with this pedigree of musicians in the family plus the fact that 50 years ago children were more or less expected to have some musical training my sister and I learned how to play.
Unfortunately, when I approached my pre teen years I thought I knew all the answers, I don't remember being insolent but I must have as dear Mrs. Kerrigan, the piano teacher informed my parents that she no longer would teach me. Honestly I really did not think counting notes was all that important, it sounded perfect in my head, but as you can imagine getting the phone call from my teacher did not go over well with my folks!
Mrs. Kerrigan was a sweet lady and called them back saying if I listened to her she would take me back but by then I decided I was way too busy for piano lessons, I now regret that decision as today I cannot even read music.
As the years passed this old music of my Grandmother's still sat in the basement, hardly an ideal location for paper. I framed a few pieces but the majority just sat around in boxes due to lack of a pianist not to mention a piano. So here they are these old tunes from the past, just waiting for you to bring them back alive and once again a melody remembered and no longer forgotten.
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