Friday, December 17, 2010

(O) Little Town

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Last night I printed out simple melody sheet music for the piano for a bunch of Christmas songs. I never got past learning just the simple chords as a kid, but it was still so satisfying somehow to be able to bang out a little tune and sing along. As a 9-year old I enjoyed the solitude at the old piano downstairs playing to an empty room that absorbed the sound of my tinkering. As a mama, trying to recreate that enjoyment on a kindof broken electric keyboard that shuts itself off every time more than one note is played, along with a living room full of holiday-frenzied children, some practicing with voices right along, one reading, one doing handstands and another (guess which) trying to wedge himself in between me and the thing keeping me from him... well. It wasn't quite the same. Then there was Jeff, who, not being able to even read sheet music, can sleuth the tune out of any song on the piano, whether Coldplay or Bach, in a matter of seconds, helping me peck out O Little Town of Bethlehem. Such a sweetie.

Distractions, memories of former musical aspirations aside, I enjoyed playing for my little town. Just one little note at a time. They enjoyed it too. Little, insignificant moments made better because we have them together. And so many more to come.

Wishing you many little and big moments with those you love, Merry Christmas and see you back here soon, xoxo Anna Maria

45 comments:

  1. i have been doing the same thing - actually i have had a hymn book from church.... then downloaded some more and have been picking them out on the piano. what i love is that those tunes are in my head for the remainder of the day - helping me to slow down and savor!

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and your little town!!!

    :)maureen

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  3. So sweet and funny! Like you, I learned enough piano to plunk out simple Christmas tunes, and it gives me such pleasure. Then my brother comes around, with no lessons at all, he can play any tune he pleases!!
    Ah, the home pleasures. Enjoy your lovely town, especially as it fills with returning citizens! Merry Christmas!

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  4. What a lovely town you have and so fun to have an evening of christmas music together.

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  5. SO nice to read this...another piano player here.

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  6. I always enjoy your beautiful little blog, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!! :)
    Vivienne x

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  7. When I reflect on some of my favorite memories growing up, none of them involve perfection or a Norman Rockwell tableau. Instead they are the moments when my parents spilled their joy and peace and excitement onto us. We gravitated to it all and we reveled in those impromptu experiences. Thanks for sharing these kinds of experiences of your familial memory making. They're heartwarming.

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  8. Merry Christmas, Anna! Thank-you for sharing these pictures of your home and your goofy home moments with us. I love the milk jug on the table - you are a real family after all. May the blessings of Christmas be yours.

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  9. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!! I loved this post... we do the same thing here. If people start singing with my piano playing, I get all flustered and forget where I am! ;D But it's still a blast! Blessings to all of you in 2011!!!

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  11. merry christmas, anna! enjoy every moment with that wonderful family of yours. xo.

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  12. I LOVE this time of year and seem to never tire of listening to Vivaldi's Messiah! Merry Christmas!!

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  13. thank you for your sharing!so beautiful!

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  14. Your words conjure up a lovely "more the merrier" scene in my head. Thanks!

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  15. Merry Christmas AMH! I love your work so much. Have a happy holiday with your beautiful family! Oh. and I wanted to tell you that I absolutely love the quilt on your header! Gorgeous!!!

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  16. Your Noel garland is so pretty & whimsical! Thanks for the inspirations, noting that down for next December's craft list. :)

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  18. You know well that those seemingly 'insignificant moments' are not really insignificant at all, as it is moment after moment after moment that together make up this blessed life. You have the gift of making beautiful so many of those moments. Christmas Blessings to you and yours, and thank you for sharing your little town with us!

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  19. Are you a good mother, I can have for your children such a good mother you are happy to continue to fuel, you are the best.

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  20. Merry Christmas! My daughter's Christmas outfit is made from your fabrics. I spent some time playing Christmas songs with my kids last night, a perfect way to spend a few minutes together.

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  21. First of all I would like to say how I ADORE your fabric, we have a small retail gift shop here, and sell your little tea towels. All the colors are SO pretty,they add such charm to our shop. Second, well I guess thats all I wanted to say :) Your blog is adorable as well.

    ~ Feel free to stop by anytime! :)

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  22. This will be one of their favorite Christmas memories, I'm sure. Happy Christmas to you and your family!

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  23. Winter all year long is not my idea of wonderful, but your new banner all year long certainly is. It is plain and simply A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    I am sure you knew it was going to be an awesome photo the second you took it. Carolina

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  24. How lovely! I've been dying to get to my parents house for our visit this Christmas-- they keep my baby grand since we don't have room for it right now. My expertise is about like yours... and my joy in what little I can play, too!

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  25. Wish I learnt the piano (and french). At least i learnt to sew!. I love your blog and Fabric very inspiring. Merry Christmas

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  26. I love the angel that you have hanging it is lovely. I understand about the piano. I played for 10 years from the time I was 7 until I was 17 and decided to stop. If I could find the sheet music I would play some christmas music this year.

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  27. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Anna Maria!

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  29. Anna, you house looks like it belongs in Carl Larsson paints, so beautiful!!! Hey do you Know where I can find little folks in Houston... from the girl in the quilt show..

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  30. We have the piano my mom and her siblings learned to play on, and I learned on too. It's ancient, and battered, but I love it and won't ever let it go! I hope one day my daughter would like to take lessons and learn to play as well. Right now she picks out songs like I used to, by ear. That's Ok for now I guess!

    I know you're super busy with your family home and the holidays happening, but I was wondering if you could take a peek at something... I'm still trying to finish up a quilt-along I joined 2 years ago (the Star Quilt that AmandaJean had going...!) Anyway - I could use some help finding a little bit more of the fabric I was using... could you take a peek at my blog and see if you recognize that pink paisley? I don't have any good info from the selvage edge except it says "Hi-Fashion Fabrics"... and then "Fleur...." I've found some that's VERY similar on Ebay that is called "Cotton Lawn Batiste"... but I can't find the right one anywhere! Anyway, if you could spare a moment to look, I would appreciate it!

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  31. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I have a totally off subject comment...May I ask where you got your wallpaper picture on this post?

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  32. Hey doll,
    Happy New Year!!
    Have a fabulous 2011!!
    oxoxoo,
    Jessi

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  33. Happy New Year to you!

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