Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I admit it. I am a classical music nerd.

tree art | art for music lovers
Moonlight Sonata, the tree bark is made of piano music
I am not sure when or how exactly this happened but I realized today that I am a classical music nerd. I was sitting in my car listening to the public classical music station when they announced that The Sorcerer's Apprentice was coming up next and I gave a little shout of joy. Most people know that music as the theme in Fantasia with Mickey mouse-- or another version in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. However, being a classical music nerd is more than just listening to WQXR on the radio. In exercise class, when the instructor asks us to imagine our dream man to get us to suck in our guts harder it is Joshua Bell rather than George Clooney that comes to mind.

tree art | art for music lovers
Detail of Tree Art
When I create my art the music notes drive me on and inspire me. I love taking the vintage Sonata books and deconstructing and reconstructing them into new works of art. The dusty pages bring back memories both good and bad-- my piano teacher whose body odor always was tinged with garlic and his bushy eyebrows dancing up and down to the rhythm of the music. The sheet music also brings back memories of my grandmother with her long graceful piano fingers helping me practice my scales. Then I just like the looks of the black notes themselves, dancing on the sheet of paper.
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By the way, I was never that accomplished at piano. I didn't practice, and so, eventually, I gave it up. However, I am cursed with a very strong ear. Remember in the Sixth Sense when Haley Joel Osment says to Bruce Willis, "I see dead people" ? Well I hear wrong notes. This makes it difficult for me to attend my daughter's student recitals. Every wrong note comes charging out at me, whether it is hers or another's.