Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Four Years On

I've been so busy this week that I only noticed part way through the day that it's four years since I moved out of what is now my ex-wife's house and into the flat where I currently live. Consequently, I had to go shopping after work to get a bottle of something sparkly by way of marking the occasion.

26/11/2004 was a Friday, and my ex and I spent the day moving my stuff by the carload. There is no lift here, so we had to take everything up the stairs. My stuff did not include a lot of furniture - no sofas or beds, and the bulkiest item was my electric piano.


I've had the piano for 6 or 7 years, but it has started to go wrong. Some of the keys are beginning to stick to the point where it has become unplayable. I could perhaps get it repaired, but repair costs would probably be a reasonably high percentage of the replacement price. So on Friday (hopefully) a new one will be arriving.

I'd like to have a "real" one, but I suspect my neighbours wouldn't, and an electric one is close enough in feel and sound. The new one will have a cherry wood finish, and should be a slightly better approximation, but otherwise will be similar to the one above.

I've got a busy weekend, so I'm not sure how much time I'll get to play it, but as I'm not a Country Music fan, I won't be playing songs about the old one. The first sounds that come out of it are likely to be Bach - probably the Aria to the Goldberg Variations.

At some point I'll work out how to record my efforts and post them up. I think it's just a matter of getting the right cable to connect up the computer. Don't worry, I'll only do it once so that you can marvel at the nice sound the instrument makes, and cry at how badly it's being played. I'm sure you're all looking forward to this.

23 comments:

BEE said...

FIRST!!!

bee said...

Last year you got a fridge, what’s next? TV?

Brian, I was going to do a post about my guitar antics this weekend and now you kinda beat me to it! That’s okay. I won’t put. Are you leaving again this weekend? Are you jealous that we will be having Green Bean Casserole tomorrow? You can come over.

BEE said...

uh, I won't POUT

bee said...

It was awfully nice of your wife to help carry your stuff out of her place to yours. If Andy and I ever split up (knock on wood) I would help him too but his stuff would be in little piece thrown out the window.
But I'm not violent or anything.

Kat said...

You can play the piano? Me likey. What is it with men that can play an instrument??? ;o)

Jean Knee said...

I'm pretty good on the kazoo but I think mine needs to be tuned :)

sad but true, we probably won't have any green bean casserole tomorrow

Jean Knee said...

I couldn't help but notice you did not comment on my Mexican restaurant tail...the tail being intentional like a chihuahua tail

there are so many layers to me it's unbelievable;)

bee said...

BWAHAHAHAHA!! jean knee's kazoo needs tuning! Ha ha ha ha! ooh ha!

Brian o vretanos said...

Bee:

My ex is the one with the bigger car. She even went with me to buy a TV - that was more difficult to get up the stairs than the piano.

Yes I'm going away again. For the last time in a while, I think.

Kat:

I can't claim to actually be able to play it, sadly.

Jean Knee:

You can't miss out on GBH - it's the law. I'll make some on Saturday, probably.

I thought I'd commented - the same happened with Catscratch's blog - I must have read the posts and just thought about commenting. Maybe I'm losing it.

Jean Knee said...

what do you mean maybe?

Dan said...

4 years!!! wow!!!
Please tell me you've had some pussy since then.
I hope I don't offend any pussy possessors.

Dan said...

I would like to retract my last comment and change it with the following:

4 years!! wow!!
Please tell me you've had some pussy since then.
I hope I don't offend any pussy possessors.

I used only two !! points, I don't want people to think that I'm some kind of dramatic over exclamation point user!!......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan said...

!!!!!! !!!!!!!

Brian o vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

!

Dan:

!!

Bee said...

Dammit Dan!

I am so embarrassed and will kick Dan's ass when I see him on Thursday.

Bee said...

Oh! Hi Brian!

Brian o vretanos said...

Bee:

Shouldn't you be asleep? I'm just getting ready to go to work...

Bee said...

cleaning. taking a break. have fun at work. I don't have to go. neener.

Chris Wood said...

New piano? Nice one. Your ex helped you move out? Even better.

Goldberg Variations? Nice. You can't be that bad if you're playing Bach.

Brian o vretanos said...

Bee:

Some of us have better things to do today than sit around stuffing our faces ;-)

Chris:

Since my ex wanted me out, it was in her interest to help me move ;-)

I am that bad. I can just about manage to get the notes of the Aria right, as long as you disregard dynamics and expression.

Anndi said...

Playing the piano implies you can do different things with each hand at the same time... 'tis a useful skill.

Brian o vretanos said...

Anndi:

It implies that I can do different things with each hand, as long as those two things involve playing the piano. What might be useful would be to be able to write different things with each hand at the same time...

Bee said...

Brian, just wanted you to know I kicked Dan's ass and then told his wife.

You're welcome.