The Piano is not my Forte

by cecylia on December 11, 2013


I’ve wanted to create a “music video” for you for a while now. However, searching for a location that offered a piano was no easy feat (or maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places), so I was thrilled to hear that the newly furbished Hawthorn Arts Centre (previously known as the Hawthorn Town Hall, where my friend Rina previously ran her Take 2 Markets) offered a piano for me to play. Oh, and did they ever!? Do you recall my Instagram photo with the “Having my way with a Steinway” caption? Well, here is the end product.

Having not played the piano for 10 years, it was by chance that I picked it up again recently. Hubby was away on an overseas trip, I was bored… This piece by J.S Bach, “The Italian Concerto” was given to me by a dear friend when we were still in high school. Having deemed it too difficult to sight-read, it was left to collect dust, until recently. I was determined to befriend all the keys again and regain my music-reading skills. And before I knew it, not only was I playing a piece I’d been afraid of for over 10 years, I’d memorized it. I’m no pianist, nor do I consider myself a musician, this is merely a demonstration of how learning to play the piano again helped me to fight “Preggy Brains“.

This recording was filmed at the Hawthorn Arts Centre 1 week before Winston was born.  I feel so honoured to have had the privilege to preview the splendour of the Hawthorn Arts Centre’s multi-million dollar makeover, and to be able to play such a magnificent instrument.

Wardrobe Credits: Country Road Dress / Betty Browne Dress / Vintage Necklace / Sarah Conners Python Clutch

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Delia December 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

WOW Cecylia!! I think you fought and won the battle against preggy brains! I bet Winston benefited from listening to your piano playing too!! You are so talented! Warmest congratulations on the arrival of Winston – he looks so beautiful in the photos you’ve shared on social media. I hope you are enjoying parenthood and your new little man in your life!
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cecylia December 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thank you so much Delia! I know, I feel so blessed to have re-started playing the piano this year, before I was pregnant! So I’d already developed the habit before he came along :D Thank you so much for your well wishes, we are thrilled with him!


Mica December 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

You are so talented! You play beautifully and I’m amazed you can play from memory! :)


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