Monday (beagle) blues! Plus, GRAND Social No. 244 link party for grandparents

Monday (beagle) blues!

I've had an off-and-on relationship with my piano for several years now. Mostly off, due to time constraints — as well as budgetary issues that prevent me from continuing the weekly piano lessons I began way back in the day when I worked a regular job with regular paychecks.

For several months now, though, I've been quite diligent in practicing pretty much every weekday, ever since I came across a decent online video tutorial series just before Christmas. I'm proud to say I'm progressing quite nicely — in playing. Singing and playing at the same time is another story.

Over the weekend I found inspiration in that regard. I'm now determined to one day sing and play the blues as well as this talented fella:

Look at that tail wagging! Such joy at his...

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Bird song

About a year and a half ago, I started taking piano lessons. I've always wanted to learn to play and the key elements in allowing me to do that at my advanced age lined up in early 2008: The sale of our previous home provided funds to purchase a gorgeous old oak upright and I had a friend who had a friend who was kicking off a career as a piano teacher and looking for adult students. Oh, and I had a regular income that afforded weekly lessons ... which is no longer the case so I'm down to just twice a month for now which may not seem like a huge difference but, believe me, it is.

But anyway, the lessons were my first exposure and instruction in reading music. And although I'm very far from the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell posits in Outliers is the key to expert status in any endeavor, I'm getting better and no longer have to recite every good boy does fine or great big dogs fight always every single time when trying to find my spot on the scale. (I just have to do it sometimes now.) My newfound skill has given me a sincere appreciation for written music.

Pair that appreciation with my fondness for wild birds and a lifelong fascination with the way they perfectly space themselves on electrical wires (yeah, I'm weird) and you'll see why I find the following short video so beautiful. Regardless of your musical or avian interests, I think you'll be impressed by the creativity of the man who created this, too.*

In his own words, Jarbas Agnelli says: Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn't the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating. Here I've posted a short video made with the photo, the music and the score (composed by the birds).

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

*I really don't like posting a video two days in a row, but this one was hard to pass up.