Hello my old friend; it's been too long!

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly 10301213186

I needed a bit of a break from real estate related activity this afternoon, and since I was stuck at my home office in the freezing rain, I decided to do some household chores.  But before I started, I heard something calling me from a dusty section of the living room.  Well, it wasn't a call really; more of a magnet, pulling me at first softly and then more strongly towards it.  

 

I have always loved music, both hearing it, singing along with it, and playing it.  I was a flutist in high school and still have my dusty flute sitting in a drawer.  I purchased an acoustic guitar at one point and taught myself some simple notes and chords and songs.  But in order to get better, I needed lessons and that didn't fit into my life at the time.  So I focused on my desire to play the piano.  I had taken lessons for about six months or so when I was a teenager, but I moved on to other things and didn't pursue it at the time.  Perhaps seven or eight years ago, I purchased a Yamaha digital keyboard, my piano, and that's what was calling me today.

 

When I first bought it, I used it often. When I was stressed or down or frustrated or bored or just in need of some happiness, I played.  I was never good in the "Oh, let's give a concert" way and I would rarely play for friends, but I got to a point where I could actually tell what song I was playing, which is a feat!   If I practiced a piece many many times, it would eventually sound fluid and, dare I say it, good.  The piano teacher of my youth had told me that while other students were technically great (hint: I wasn't), I played with feeling.  And the thing is, I absolutely love making music.  I love singing along.  I don't even care if it sounds horrible, on those times when it does, because I'm playing it because it makes me FEEL.  It makes me feel happy or patriotic or romantic or nostalgic, depending on what the song is. Playing music is one of the things that makes me feel alive. 

 

But I've been ignoring my friend, the piano.  For years life has been busy and I just haven't given myself permission to sit and play and enjoy.  So today I said hello, once again, to my friend.  I sat and played, very haltingly at first, but I played familiar notes. And as my fingers and the keys became reaquainted, the notes I was playing started to turn themselves into songs I know.  And I realized it had been way too long since I'd been with my musical buddy, and I vowed not to let my skills get rusty and my piano get dusty and I vowed to make sure I take the time to make my heart sing along. 

 

Hello my old friend, it's been too long!

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

428 Main Street

Armonk, NY 10504 *

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Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
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Start listening to Ian Anderson and don't neglect the flute too!

Feb 19, 2014 04:57 AM #1
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Conrad Allen
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Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kat.  Good for for you.  You need to have hobbies or other interests besides real estate.

Feb 19, 2014 05:00 AM #2
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Andrew - I used to kid myself that I could play like Ian Anderson but it wasn't even close.

Conrad - Yes, we all do!

Feb 19, 2014 05:07 AM #3
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Debbie Gartner
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Good for you, Kat.  I'm sure the piano was happy to have its friend back.

Feb 19, 2014 06:14 AM #4
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Debbie - Yes, I think Yamaha has been lonely.

 

Feb 19, 2014 08:37 AM #5
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Bette Gottwald
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Kat, I was touched by your vow, you want to play for your own enjoyment.  I can relate to what you are doing, at this point of your life, you are not aspiring to be a professional musician, making music just makes happy. Stick with it!  -- By the way, I took my granddaughter to see a "rubbing elbows" with Ian Anderson concert about eight years ago (as incentive to get her to play the flute), and he handed everyone in the front row a kazoo -- I have no problem playing Locomotive Breath

Feb 19, 2014 11:12 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Bette - What a great story about Ian Anderson!  That was awesome.  And I will play more frequently - it is just for my own peace.

Feb 19, 2014 07:17 PM #7
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Ralph Gorgoglione
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Kat, music i very healing and centering and I am happy you have returned to your love of your piano.

Feb 20, 2014 06:37 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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Ralph - Thank you for commenting!  I'm happy too.

Feb 20, 2014 07:52 PM #9
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John F Muscarella
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Kat, great post.  I have a 7' grand piano I play every day.  Also sing every day (conservatory trained).  It's what keeps me grounded and motivated and I was a professional for a long time.  One of my goals now is to found a performance company locally and bring great music to my area.  Company is up but slower to get it going due to my work and budgets of towns these days.  Keep playing singing.  It will last you a lifetime.

Feb 20, 2014 08:28 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

John - Wow, that's impressive (the piano and singing).  If you can open up that performance company, I'm sure a lot of people would be appreciative!  Best of luck!!

Feb 21, 2014 07:47 PM #11
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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I have a guitar in a stand beside my desk. Sometimes for no reason I stop all and play for a half hour. Relaxing!

Feb 22, 2014 04:27 AM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Gary-  I definitely understand that!  Playing a musical instrument (when you're doing it because you like it) can be sooooo soothing.

Feb 22, 2014 08:02 AM #13
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Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
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Kat - Despite 3 years of piano lessons and 2 years of guitar lessons, my music is pitiful, but I do love to try!

Feb 23, 2014 09:03 AM #14
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John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
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Kat  Feeling the peace you mentioned is everything.  I have no musical talent but I am a very good audience...regardless the talent presented.  I appreciate all of it...especially when it is from the heart!  Thanks for sharing your friend!

Mar 15, 2014 11:54 AM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Peter - In my opinion, music is all about how it makes you feel!

John - Thanks for stopping by!  If it's not from the heart, it seems as though they're just notes.

Mar 15, 2014 10:16 PM #16
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Manuela Baginski
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What a great way to spend a rainy day!!

Mar 16, 2014 03:17 AM #17
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
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Manuela - It was an awesome way to get lost for a few hours.  Of course, here it is mid-March and I haven't touched it since.  Bad Kat, Bad

Mar 16, 2014 03:20 AM #18
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