Daily Prompt: Strike a Chord

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Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

Wikipedia image of a harmonium.


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My first musical instrument I learned to play was a harmonium. I did not own one, mom thought I’d neglect my studies. I used to go to a neighborhood girl my age at that time to learn how to play this instrument and also learn to sing.

Without one at home I was unable to practice what I learned. I was able to practice once a week when I went to her house. In the meantime I graduated from high school, the girl’s mother died and she moved away from our town. This was the end of  my lessons in playing harmonium.

A few years later I moved to Canada and complained to my husband my mom was not in favor of me learning to play a musical instrument. He listened and suddenly I heard him talking to someone in St. John’s about a piano.

He bought the piano and it was delivered to us in a week. I looked for a teacher, there was one three or four doors from my house. I called her and asked her if she would be willing to teach me.

She agreed and I started learning to play the piano. Irma my piano teacher had two little kids, who were very friendly. I got along well with them. I was doing quite well, then the same thing happened, Irma’s husband was transferred to Yellow Knife. Once again I lost my teacher.

I was able to get another teacher, she taught music in the Catholic school. She lived close to my house, I was able to go to her once a week to continue the lessons. A few months later, she told me she was too busy in school and was unable to  continue with the piano lessons.

I was lucky to have a third teacher to continue with my lessons. I did have her for a while. She had to move out of the house she was living in ,which happened to be across the street from my house.

She told me the landlord was renting rooms to male and female students. She did not like the male students because in her words,”They were very untidy.”

After losing the third teacher, I was uninterested to find another teacher.

Now and then I play the piano, but  my feline occupants are terrified of the sound. We had felines before, they were never scared. All I can understand from this is may be female felines are fond of music and the males are not. 😦

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These are wikipedia images of grand and upright piano, mine is an upright piano


DP Daily Prompts: Return Address

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Yesterday, your pet, inanimate object could read your post. Today, they can write back( thanks for the suggestion,

lifelessons!). Write a post from their point of view ( or pick just any non-verbal creature/ object).

Dear Ranu,

Thank you for your letter. Raphael and I were very good boys yesterday. Rapha is the one who tried to open your closet, I did discourage him but he said, ‘No.’

Rapha did not pull your clothes down on the floor, you still did not give us treats for good behavior.

We tried to sleep all morning, your neighbor was making too much noise and the sun was bright and shiny we had to find out what was happening. this is why we could not sleep.

Rapha was restless, he’s the one who jumped on the piano, he does not listen, I don’t know if he scratched your piano, I am sorry.

Thank you for raising the blinds for us, it was nice and sunny, we didn’t enjoy that much because nothing exciting was happening, and there were no birds we could catch and gobble up, oh yes we are inside how can we catch them.

You always promise to give us treats, but you never do. Humans never tell the truth.

Rapha knows you don’t want him to chew paper, he did it as a protest because you failed to keep your promise.

Rapha wasn’t in a mood to reply, so I did it on behalf of us both.

I hope you still love us.

Your darling felines,

Rapha and Gabriel.



DP Daily Prompt:Strike a chord

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Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

I love a few musical instruments, I wanted to learn to play  harmonium, when I was thirteen, my mom thought it was a bad idea, she was afraid I’d neglect my studies. Later on I did learn to play it, I wasn’t able to continue due to lack of time and pressure of studies.

My husband bought a piano for me to satisfy my desire to learn to play it. This time there was a lot of things I was involved with, I could not concentrate on learning to play it. I did continue off and on, now I find I spend more time writing and reading, and  I do not take time to practice the piano.

I love the sound of violin, I have watched this instrument played by various actors  in several movies. There is not much of a story to tell,except I love the way it sounds.