As everyone knows, I’m not a parent—at least not in the normal sense of the word. I figure I’ve taught hundreds of kids over my lifetime, but the closest I actually got to real parenthood was my sainted Labrador, Bogey (officially Wolfgang Amadeus Bogart), now gone on to his heavenly home. (Kindly refrain from any references to moi as a dog…thank you). So I have NOT done the delivery room thing—but as an aunt I have done the pacing thing.
So today, Wednesday, August 20, 2008, was a pacing day for me—until finally the long-awaited delivery from, not the stork, but from Apollo Piano Movers:
As you know, we announced about eighteen months ago the start of a Piano Fund so we could purchase a good work horse of a piano for our Music Suite. Your Sanctuary Choir has been doing a great job, don’t you think? But I must say we needed the right tool to do the job at our very best. Here at Calvary, we are very blessed to have a 19th-century Steinway in the Sanctuary, and a rather newer and smaller Steinway in the Chapel (this used to be the rehearsal piano back in the day). So our recent rehearsal piano, since the move into the new space, was a small “Schubert” grand, complete with graphic of the famous 19th-century composer’s head on the fallboard! Now this was a very nice piano, but let’s just say it’s been around the block a few times. Really, it could hardly hold its tuning. Every week we all would cringe at the clunkers. Most enjoyable for me personally were the moments when I was at the keyboard and could see the floor through the keys. This is not normal piano behavior, by the way.
When the fleet-of-foot piano moving burlymen came today and set up the new Kawai RX2, I could hear the angels singing. It is beautiful—gleaming black outside, shining bronze color on the inside, and when I sat down to play for about an hour I just knew that we had made the right choice. Kawai is a very well-respected piano company, both for their acoustic and their electronic instruments. The big selling point for the RX2 is that the action includes man-made materials so that it actually lasts longer and holds up better under heavy use, even better than something like say a Steinway. But it is also very responsive and sounds fabulous as any good piano should. Otherwise what’s the point, right?
So I hope you’ll come by and meet our new baby, pat it on the head, and wish it a happy life with God’s blessings here at Calvary. Come to the Music Suite on G2 anytime. This piano is here for all to enjoy—just wash your hands first and cover it up when you are finished! :+)
We have many donors to thank who contributed so generously to this endeavor. Donors, thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of everyone on our Music Staff and in Sanctuary Choir. This investment in music at Calvary will make a real difference in our preparation. Bless you!
We all can share and celebrate this gift on October 26. Save the date and come to our Dedication Concert at 1:00 pm after worship.
Meanwhile, I can hear Jay beginning the Doxology …”Praise God from Whom all blessings flow….”