I think it’s so true that people who can’t see can “feel” more.
Lucy can feel music so beautifully.
She can’t see sheet music these days.
So I think I’ve mentioned before that her awesome piano teacher uses a huge staff and writes out music for her to read.
But here’s the deal: it’s hard to see even the enlarged notes.
So Lucy memorizes. It’s pretty cool.
(And also pretty frustrating in the process I have to say!)
But mostly cool. I mean, it’s really incredible how her mind works. I will explain one little part and then she will play it (with lots of help and explanation), and then she will never forget it. And she will put those little sections together like nobody’s business.
And here’s another part of the deal: it’s not easy peasy to write all those notes all huge on that huge staff. I learned what a labor of love that is recently.
Playing the Piano with Vision Loss
But wait, let’s back up:
A while back Lucy read the book The Giver and fell in love with it. And then she watched the movie. To her, it was one of those rare times where a movie just might be as good as the book. (I wrote my own feelings about the book back HERE…it is a good one.)
She was determined to learn “Rosemary’s Theme” on the piano. This was a song that at first look, her piano teacher told her she’d write up a simplified version for her. I mean, this is a lot of notes:
Lucy huffed out of that lesson because she wasn’t about to learn a simplified version.
She wanted the real deal.
(Did I mention she is a spitfire?)
So we got to work. Me explaining all where her fingers would go from the tiny notes on the sheet music, and her memorizing bit by bit.
But by the time we got to the end, she felt like she could really use that big music for the last few pages.
And I was her girl to make it for her.
This isn’t pretty to look at, but after pages and pages of writing it up, I felt pretty proud of myself 🙂
That girl worked her little heart out.
She’s still working.
And she’s getting so good! (I’ll have to do a recording some time soon as she gets it perfected).
I sat there in her piano recital last week in awe of this spit-fire girl of mine who knows how to work hard to reach her dreams.
And in awe of this teacher (in the back row below), who has given her such a gift in the piano.
And that she fills our home with all that beauty so much.
Love you LU!