Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
May this new decade be less fearful, less negative, less hysterical.
An upright piano has recently become part of my world. Some years from now, when a friend’s daughter has sufficient space, she and her piano will be reunited.
Until then, I plan to enjoy this gift from the universe. The piano tuner gentleman tells me this 100-year-old beauty is a gem. Already it has transformed my mood.
I write. I take photographs. I garden. But I’ve never played an instrument before. Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know the first thing about reading music. Having now received two lessons from an enthusiastic and experienced teacher, I’m dazzled by the possibilities, by all the territory I might explore.
Beloved songs from childhood. Christmas carols. It’s amazing how much joy I feel when a tune I’m playing begins to sound the way it should.
Wishing each of you, dear readers, a blessed yuletide.
May the 2020s, this new decade upon which we are embarking, be less fearful, less negative, less hysterical.
Here’s to the songs in our hearts!