The Monaghan mansion has been in my heart for over 30 years. It’s where the Gonzaga Music Department resides. I’m in Spokane this week teaching social media clock hour classes for local real estate agents. My hotel is only a few blocks from here by the Convention Center. I've been thinking about this pilgrimage for many years and I finally had the opportunity to drop by on Tuesday, March 27th after work. It was almost 5:00 pm and closing time but I had a few minutes to realize my long time quest and give quiet thanks to this wonderful place.
I'm delighted I remember this place so well and happy to see it in such a beautiful state of repair. I first came here in the summer of 1976. As a starving artist I needed to find a place where I could use a piano to practice and compose. It was providence I'm sure, for this was the first place I inquired. The faculty and students were truly wonderful and they graciously made me welcome. I was here almost every day after school hours, weekends, and often worked into the wee hours of the morning.
It was life changing, there were several rooms, each with a grand piano. I had a job at a local hotel restaurant washing dishes. Though the work was grueling and thankless I looked forward everyday to getting off shift and couldn't wait to get here to sit down at one of these beautiful instruments.
You couldn't ask for a better setting than this lovely old place with it's grand staircase, high ceilings, and leaded glass windows. I can’t begin to express how important this was to me. My favorite room was up those two flights of stairs and to the left. It had a beautiful Steinway 6 foot grand.
The years have passed and I’ve forgotten the names of those individuals I am so eternally grateful to for this creative period in my life. Thank you Gonzaga, I'm glad I got to stop by and say hello.