June 28, 2008 at 11:45 PM
“I’m really surprised,” one of my adult students told me. “Several of my neighbors in the apartment building where I live have told me that they like hearing me play.” I told her that many of my neighbors over the years have told me that they like listening to me play. Some have even said that they like hearing my students play. We decided that for many people, hearing a neighbor play is the only way to hear live music. Concert tickets are expensive, and it’s especially hard to pay for tickets for a family. In many places, canned music is used for atmosphere. Even worse, it’s sometimes used for people to dance to -- how awful! There’s just nothing like live music.
The next time you are practicing at home, especially if you live in an apartment building or a place where neighbors or passersby can hear you, just think: You may be bringing the joy of live music into someone’s life.