Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Piano Practice

I have been so good. I diligently practice the piano every day, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour. Last night I trooped over to our building and got myself into the chapel and practiced on the piano there, to get ready for the 3 Christmas songs the primary kids are singing on the 23rd. I will do this again at least a couple of times, and the next 2 times I will bring someone to sing for me. I am getting better and better at the songs....but I'll admit--I cheat.....I leave off notes. I do. I can't help it. I need to make the song easier for myself and less stressful so I leave off notes. Karen was laughing at me about this last night when I made her sit and listen to me play. But she wasn't laughing in a make-fun kind of way, I like to think she appreciated that I improvised in a way that will help me be a better player (at least for now).

I have been praying pretty hard lately that I will get the help I need when I need it so these poor primary kids don't suffer.

On a lighter note: Last night a lady in the primary presidency called. Her daughter is getting baptized this weekend and she asked Harold to play the piano at the baptism. A slap in my face? Yep. Do I care? A little. I told Harold she was obviously looking for someone who could give her a mistake-free performance at this special occasion. Harold said she came to the wrong guy.

Reason 3579 why I love my Harold.

6 comments:

mom/Janet said...

I hope Harold reads your blog so he can see how much you love him. As for the piano........I am the choir pianist. I play the piano pretty decent. I can play any hymn without effort but let me tell you, the choir director picks the most challenging music. Not only complicated but 5 flats or 6 sharps. NOOOOOOOOOO I freaked out when I was first called. I would practice for over an hour each day. I was so nervous the first time I played. As I was sitting there while the speaker was talking before we sang, my hands were sweaty and I felt myself getting sick. It dawned on me that I had prepared with deligence and I said a silent prayer that HF knew my efforts and to please bless me with calm. I tell you Jeanna, I was so calm and almost played flawless. Bill pulled me close after I returned to my seat and wispered what a good job I did. Bill hears all my mistakes at home. Anyway, keep practicing and the Lord will bless you. I say, let Harold sweat it out for the baptism. You have enough things to worry about. Keep it up and you'll be surprised at your piano capabilities.

mom/Janet said...

ps on the above novel: I leave notes out all the time. A sister who is very accomplished on the piano made that suggestion to me and I now figure it's legal. Try having this person sit behind you in choir practice. I have to just think of other things and not think she is looking at my hands...if you know what I mean.

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

That is hysterical! I love it! I think I'll just start improvising in all aspects of my life. See if anyone notices that I leave off grocery shopping from my weekly to do list. You are doing great, I'm sure of it. We are always our own worst critics. I love Harold too!!!

Brent and Collette said...

Won't she be surprised when you play beautifully for the Christmas program. Some people...

Juliew8 said...

Jeanna, this has nothing to do with your blog. I am very surprised that you have never seen White Christmas. I have a stack of Christmas movies I have already watched and I will be bringing them over for your viewing pleasure. Adam and I (ok well I) love to turn on Chrsitmas movies after the kids are in bed and wrap gifts together. This year I decided I was going to see every movie I love before Christmas, so I've been watching a lot more T.V. than I normally do. See ya soon.

Brittany said...

i am so very very grateful that i do not have a piano playing calling. i try to keep the fact that i took piano lessons for seven years on the dl. i really admire your diligence and efforts to do your best at your calling. i agree with janet on two points - the Lord knows your efforts so he will bless you with the ability to perform your best. and i also agree to be grateful you weren't asked to play at that baptism. you do have a lot of things on your plate.

maybe i do need a piano playing calling.... then i might remember how to play again.