Fimnora Westclaw at the Monday Music Medicine Show asks, what incidental music from television shows or movies has captured your attention, and found its way into your hearts?
I read that question and looked up, to where I saw the electric piano in my living room.
I have had a few piano lessons in my life, but not many. I’m self-taught, which is not as hard for a violinist as it would be from scratch. I’m not a good player or anything, but I kind of like it that way. Expectations are low. And, unlike the violin, self-taught beginning amateur piano playing actually sounds ok. It sounds ok enough that I can sit at the piano and work out feelings in music the way I can’t really do on the violin. For me, playing the violin requires a steady hand and a calm mindset. Any anxiety or strong emotion while playing that instrument causes my vibrato to clench and my intonation to waver. Whereas the piano seems more forgiving, even as it allows multiple musical lines and complex melodies and patterns beyond what is possible on the violin.
The music of the 1993 film, “The Piano,” captures what I wish I could do with the instrument, if I had more skill. The main character and piano player, played by Holly Hunter, does not speak, she communicates using the piano. The film, set on the beaches and in the wilds of New Zealand, shows a side of the piano that is not often seen. The story too is dangerous, wild, and erotic. All that without saying a word.