Friday, May 01, 2009

Tickle the ivories


Black and white
London, ON, April 2009

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There's something almost poetic about a musical instrument at rest. As it sits there, it isn't doing anything special. Until someone brings it to life, it's as static as anything else in the room.

But to those who appreciate its potential, it's often enough to close our eyes and take a moment to hear the notes yet be played. It isn't always about what you're hearing now, anyway, is it?

Your turn: What are you hearing at this very moment?

14 comments:

lissa said...

My mom's beautiful rendition of Chopin's Waltzes...she'd sit down at a piano, any piano, and just make it sing. She could have been a professional musician but didn't pursue it. Instead, she taught piano, and as we came into her life, she passed her musical aptitude onto us, and instilled and inspired love for all kinds of music. (She'd give me a loud "I told you so!" if she could see me enjoying opera now)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

If anyone can play a musical instrument, it is a great gift.

NetChick sent me here.

Nikki-ann said...

I always thought it was "tinkle the ivories".. though I'm kinda wishing I hadn't looked it up... http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=tinkle+the+ivories

Mojo said...

No question about it. Thelonius Monk's "Straight, No Chaser". We had a similar idea today, and both from the rhythm section no less.

amanda guthrie said...

I like this one as well Carmi there is something forlorn about it like it is waiting for the human touch!

Tawcan said...

Makes want to get a tenor sax and start playing an instrument again.

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Anonymous said...

Dear Carmi,
What are the keys to good photography?

Ansel Adams

Monica Hamburg said...

Beautiful, Carmi. It does look melancholy - like it's an old jazz song...

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David said...

I left my <3 in San Francisco.
I proposed.
Got more than I bargained for

Mel Fraase said...

What I'm hearing is silence, but I love the way the light is dancing over the shiny keys. As if there's music we aren't allowed to hear, but we can enjoy the view.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

what am i hearing now?
...a story waiting to be caught and decorated with fine lines and colour- carefully chosen
...a pot of crumpled strawberries calling for release
.... a bundle of jazz waiting to whisper in my ear

Michael Manning said...

The chirping birds of an Arizona Morning. This photo reminds me of my late Cousin and a photo her mom still has of her at age 3 standing at the piano!

MorahMommy said...

The piano makes me think of Dahlia. She loves the piano. She amazes me how she can listen to the sounds and play them again on the piano. I wish I had that talent!

I'm listening to the sounds of our children playing nicely together. I need to store this up and remind myself when they are at each others throats. Yes, they really do love each other!

Anonymous said...

In the Elephant world, tickling the ivories means something completely different.

Dumbo