Posted by: Sally Ingraham | November 10, 2009

Popping in for my piano fix

One of my favorite things to do is to watch my youngest sister do this:

I am visiting my family for a few hours, since they live nearer to the airport than I do and I have a very early flight… As always it is an interesting experience. I am constantly amazed by the cleverness of my younger sisters. They are writers, artists, puzzle solvers, music teachers, and hair dressers. The pianists also composes. They have active social lives, hold down jobs, and get their school work done. They’ve been known to compete with me in the reading area…and win. It’s inspiring.

I got a concert out of my little sister tonight – she played a couple of Nocturnes by Rachmaninov, and some Chopin, as well as one of her own creations. She has tiny little hands, but they move so fast and make such lovely music. She won third place in the Pine Tree Piano Competition this spring, and participated in the Portland International Piano Festival in June. Can you tell that I am proud? 🙂

This little interlude with my family is the perfect start to my trip. Now I’m off to bed, although sleep may only come via The Savage Detectives – after a morning spent researching Atlanta even more, I’m plenty excited and eager to start exploring it!


  1. Oh my gosh she’s fantastic! And there wasn’t even any music on that piano! Amazing!

  2. I took piano lessons for about 10 years and I never came anywhere close to that level of talent! It always blows me away when someone younger than myself is so accomplished and can do something I know that I’ll never be able to do.

  3. Jill – She’s trained in the Suzuki method, which focuses on playing by ear, and teaches sheet music reading long after the child has learned to play songs. It’s pretty cool.

    Steph – I played the piano for many years as well, but my little sister has far surpassed me – she really has a passion for it. 🙂

  4. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing; it really brightened up my (somewhat gloomy) day. 🙂

  5. Glad my sister’s music could bring some fun to your day, Emily. It usually makes me cry a little when I hear here play, but I wind up with the goofiest grin on my face in the end. *happy sigh*

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