I think of it as my fireplace mantel for decorating.
Yet the piano is so much more than a piece of furniture. When I play the piano, I am in the moment and am not worrying about lists or other things I need to do. I find that I can get into a near-meditative state when I play. I am only focused on the notes in front of me and things like tempo, key signature, musicality, dynamics. When I play at church, which, admittedly, is one of the few places where I play on a regular basis, I am transported from my daily life.
Pianist Artur Schnabel said this: "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes—ah, that is where the art resides." in Chicago Daily News, June 11, 1958. I like to think of this quote as a guide for life: the pauses in between our busy-ness is where the art in life resides. Music is a great way to find that.
Where do you find your pauses in between? Nicole