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Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer. Colossians 4:6
I shot this image October 23rd, at the Nursing Home where mother is now residing since August of this year.. She was playing "The Old Rugged Cross" and she has not lost her touch at 101 years old.
One of Mother's fond memories from her childhood days when she was 10 or 12 years old was in seeing and hearing the famous composer, George Bennard, sing beautifully his song "The old Rugged Cross"..in the Methodist Episcopal Church at North Minneapolis. She was influenced by hearing his music and she played that song many times in church for the congregation and for funerals when she was an organist for 74 years.
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/r/oruggedc.htm(A link to read about, George Bennard with words to "The Old Rugged Cross.")
Mom, has played most of her life from the time she was young...She taught my sister and I how to play the piano when we were growing up and also gave piano lessons to other children in my hometown, including the late Gene Blakely, 1921-1987, who lived there for a short time as a boy with his parents and later grew up to be an actor. One of my mother's memories of Gene was that he got so immersed in his piano playing that he would sway back and forth on the piano bench as she was giving him lessons to hear him chanting "one e-ani and-two e-ani" in time to the music!
Here is a link to read about Gene Blakely and the roles he played in.
I was a a bit young to take piano lessons at 7 years old and lost interest at that stage of my life. Many things were going on at that time also when our house burned down and lost a younger brother due to the fire, but did learn the basics. My talented sister went on with her music and became a music teacher. She just retired this past spring.
I included a couple of Finches in this picture that were in their cage across the room and they were mesmerized by mother's music. Since I could not get the birds and Mom playing all in one shot, I improvised and photoshopped them in so they could be in the same picture. My husband is sitting on the sofa listening also. You may notice there are two wooden carved fighting hornets sitting on the top of the piano. They used to be firmly on a stand but one broke off recently at the Nursing Home and is lying down. My late father carved them many years ago. It looks like one of the hornets finally won the battle.
Also by Andrea Petersen
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