I get a call from a girl with a young sounding voice named Nina, who wants me to tune her parent’s piano. Warning lights immediately start flashing in my mind. “Has she asked her parents?” I wonder. “And who is going to be paying for the tuning?” I should probably qualify her about these things, but I don’t ask.
I'm happy to announce that this is my first-ever official blog post in my first-ever official blog called Soundboard, in my newly re-designed, and long overdue update, of the Radford Piano Services website.
I'm sure the blog will evolve over time, and this is just the beginning, so please feel free to comment on any of the blog posts now or in the future and let me know what you think about the new website. I'd love to get your feedback.
Keep in Tune!
My good friend Scott Baesman just performed a wonderful new work he wrote. (You'll never guess who tuned the piano :)
Stephen Hargreaves just released his album of piano works from the 1930's on CD and iTunes. I'm very pleased with how the tuning turned out on the recording as we worked very closely together on this, and he was kind enough to list me in the album credits.
ou can hear some excerpts on the iTunes Store website.
Chloe is doing better than ever! After returning back to school in Taiwan, she was asked to perform at Milennium Park with none other than Joshua Bell via Skype for the Ronald McDonald House 40th anniversary celebration!
People have been absolutely amazing, wonderful and generous beyond belief! We were able to get a wonderful Yamaha upright piano for the new Ronald McDonald House, and it was recently moved to the new location, a humidity system installed, tuned, and since then Chloe has been serenading everyone in the new facility with Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.
Grandma got run over by a Baldwin,
Caroling at our house Christmas Eve.
People say there's no such thing as tone-deaf,
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.
During the lunch with my friend we were talking about how his purpose and mission in life had changed so dramatically; I think he was in some ways still searching for answers, and out of the blue he asked me why I tune pianos. Why do I tune pianos? I hadn’t thought about that in a while, so it took me a few moments to come up with the answer.
They were very anxious and stood nearby the whole time I was working on the piano and as soon as I was done Chloe came to the piano and started playing and my heart completely melted when she did. Never have I heard a child that age play with such depth of emotion. You can see the video I took below.
Every kid in Northshoreville liked music a lot...
But the Grinch, who lived north of Northshoreville, Did NOT!
The Grinch hated music! Not a soul knows the reason,
But especially during the Yuletide season!
You never know in life how much affect you will have on other people, and in return sometimes it’s the people you expect the least, who wind up affecting you the most. Such was the case with Abie.
Abie was far and away the most precocious and stubborn student I ever had to teach to play the piano.
One of the best parts about my work is the connection I have with my customers. I have empathy for those who work in an office cubicle and have to deal with the same people day after day whether they get along with them or not. I feel lucky to have people that I work for, who are artistic, inspired, creative and interesting.