OLD-TIME PLAYER PIANO WEEKEND

TL 5-27 THRU 29 OLD-TIME PLAYER PIANO WEEKENDThere are not many places that feature these wonderful player pianos anymore, but I can name one antique store in Kansas that still has one – and it works!  At Two Sisters Antique Mall in Newton, Kansas, the player piano (photo on today’s banner) lights up when it’s in use with a gorgeous stained glass panel.  Considering the age of the instrument, the tune is not that bad and all the keys work as far as I can tell.  It’s a joy to put a quarter in it and hear an old standard played as only a player piano can.  They even provide the quarters – is that nice or what?

As I watch the keys fly, I think to myself, “If I practiced every day for the rest of my life I couldn’t play like that!”  I love player pianos.  If I had room in my house, I’d try to get one.  Of course, as time goes by there will be fewer of them around.  What a sad thought.  😦

Here’s the facebook page for 2 Sisters – go over and give them a LIKE!  https://www.facebook.com/2.sisters.antique.mall/

Edwin Votey is credited with inventing this awesome piano.  He constructed his prototype system in 1895 in Detroit.  As he built it in his workshop, it took the form of a large wooden cabinet, much like the old upright piano, but a bit taller.  From the rear a row of felt-covered wooden fingers protruded that were aligned with the keyboard.  These fingers activated the piano’s keys in the same manner as a human pianist.

The paper rolls that are loaded onto a player piano look like they contain a code – and I suppose you could say they do.  Each little note that gets played on the piano is represented on that paper.  That’s why the player piano can do things that human hands many times cannot.  We have ten fingers, but those paper rolls can have as many notes represented as the arranger wants!  It’s amazing how much can go on at one time – it boggles the mind really.  Fascinating!

The last time we heard the player piano at Two Sisters, it was playing “In The Good Ol’ Summertime”, yet it was April – which struck me as funny.

I guess the most popular tune is “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin.

I know player pianos seem to be from an era gone by, but they have always interested me.  If you have a chance this weekend, go out and listen to some good piano playing – and take plenty of quarters with you!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I WILL MISS YOU…

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Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925.  She was a very talented actress, receiving five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.  She’s best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005.  Doris died on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90.  I have seen her through the years on several programs, including a role as Jessica Fletcher’s cousin on my favorite show, Murder, She Wrote.

https://youtu.be/lR0J17LSra4

Does it crack anyone else up that the interviewer didn’t know what a SECOND BANANA was???  Sheesh…  even I know what that means.

In my opinion, Doris Roberts was not a second banana!  If she was in a movie or TV show, you knew it would be a good, wholesome, clean, funny program.  It would be something that you would not have to watch with the kids in the other room.

Here’s a filmography of Doris’ movies:

  • 1970 – NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
  • 1970 – THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
  • 1971 – LITTLE MURDERS
  • 1976 – A NEW LEAF
  • 1976 – HESTER STREET
  • 1979 – THE STORYTELLER
  • 1979 – ONCE IN PARIS
  • 1979 – THE ROSE
  • 1989 – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • 2001 – MY GIANT
  • 2001 – ALL OVER THE GUY
  • 2003 – DICKIE ROBERTS:  FORMER CHILD STAR
  • 2006 – GRANDMA’S BOY
  • 2006 – KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
  • 2009 – PLAY THE GAME
  • 2009 – ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
  • 2012 – TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION

I think even more than her commanding presence, I will miss hearing her unique voice.  She had the kind of voice that was so recognizable – if I heard it on TV but was not in the room, I knew immediately who was speaking.561px-DorisRobertsApr2011

By Angela George, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15088513

There were funny women in her generation for sure…  she mentioned Thelma Ritter in that interview.  Also Mary Wickes comes to mind.  There were several “second bananas” back then – but to my way of thinking, they are funny top bananas!  Thank you, Doris Roberts, for leaving us funny moments on film because real life can be so very sad.  I will miss you!  🙂

 

AMOS 5:23 ON 5/23

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Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.  – Amos 5:23

I served in churches of different denominations for 50 years.  I was asked to be church pianist in my home church when I was just 12 years old.  In all that time there is one unchanging truth:  No matter how well you play or how impressed people are with your ability – it means nothing if your heart is not right and your motives are not pure toward God.

You can practice until the cows come home and have every note, every rhythm perfected – but it is only noise to God’s ears if you are performing for people instead of glorifying God.

If you make your ministry too much about yourself and not enough about God, it will not only be a huge waste of your time, but God will humble you.  He will not be mocked and He will knock you down a few notches.

I PRAY BEFORE I PLAY

There will always be someone with more talent or who is just a better musician waiting in the wings.  If your heart is right with God, that’s not going to bug you or threaten your ministry.  A musician in God’s army, regardless of ability, should be on the same team.  We’re all working for the same Master – aren’t we?

Once a sense of competition or one-upmanship begins, that’s when you need to have some alone time with God and get it straightened out.  Serving God should never be like the secular music world.  This is not a “battle of the bands”!  We’re not just here to entertain the saints.  We’re here to minister to souls who may not have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.

Keep your heart right as you minister.  If you do, your music will be a sweet sound and the Holy Spirit can use it to speak to lost souls – and to saved souls who may need to be encouraged.  I pray He never hears noise when He listens to me play.

Lord, may You hear the music I play and use it for Your purpose.  May You use the words I write and every word I say for Your good – and to help someone else.  🙂

WATERMELON DAY

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Ah!  The joys of summer…  swimming, biking, walking, painting the house, playing in the dirt anytime I want to.  And there are certain foods that just go with summer like strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and of course, watermelon!

Today is WATERMELON DAY!!!  I have to be very careful about portion control with watermelon since it is very high in natural sugar!  I keep asking God if He would please make a watermelon just for me with Splenda in it – I haven’t heard back yet – I’ll keep you posted.

In my family it’s the little things that bring happiness.  We like watermelon, but the fun part is the seed spitting contests.  You have to be careful not to inhale with that seed in your mouth.  Don’t ask me how I know that.  :-/

Is it just me, or did some of that instructional video seem like TMI???  Uh…  whatever.

Finding happiness is a lost art. People today feel as though other people owe them happiness and that’s not necessarily the right attitude to have. Happiness must be pursued – not expected. It will not just drop in your lap and certainly no one will just hand it to you. Your happiness will not be a gift from anyone but you. It is inside you – but you have to want it and make it happen. Happiness is not magic and will not just “poof” appear to you. It is not an accident waiting to happen, but a choice that you will either make, or you won’t.

I am determined to be happy in my life and make the most of every moment I’m given. Life is short and I’d rather spend my time laughing and smiling than crying and frowning. It is a choice – a purposeful decision I make every single day – and no one will stand in the way.

Now – if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for dessert.  I think we will have some small slices of watermelon!  🙂