I Owe It To My Mother

August 18, 2017

My mother is the 9th of 17 children. Yes we're from Utah, and all 17 kids were from the SAME TWO PARENTS. Now that we've got THAT cleared up, I want to tell you about how my mother taught me how to love and excel at music.


My mother has an incredible ear. She has always been able to play anything on command. She's an excellent sight-reader and highly sought-after teacher. She taught for a few years while I and my siblings were very young, but stopped and devoted herself entirely to me and my sisters in various capacities through the years, including piano teacher and homeschool teacher.


When she was young, her parents purchased a Steinway B (7 ft Grand Piano) so that the kids would be able to truly experience the beauty of playing on such an elegant instrument. Later, my grandmother would tell me, "your grandfather really bought that piano for your mother." Everyone recognized that she had a special talent. When I was about 4 or 5 years old, my mother inherited the Steinway B and I spent all of my years at home playing on it. 




My mother taught me the C major scale when I was about 5 or 6, but never forced me to take lessons. She would a