Music from my mom

So, for Mother’s Day the New York Times is doing this thing where people post 6-word “momoirs” about their mother. Check it out; it’s pretty cool!

I tried to write one for my mom. But the thing is, I couldn’t really do it with words. I can do it with music though. My mom is a pianist, and a piano teacher. Classical piano music was the sound of my childhood. My bedroom was directly above the music room, so there was no escaping it even if I’d wanted to. Which I didn’t. For me, the sound of a piano means comfort and security: mom is home and all’s right with the world.

Here is my mom’s favorite pianist, Vladimir Horowitz, playing one of her favorite pieces.

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  1. What a lovely tribute to your mother!

  2. Joy

     /  July 1, 2011

    awww, what a lovely memoir–even better than the 6-word eulogy suggested by the NYT!

    • Eh, I was just taking the easy way out. Why use 6 words if you can say it with none? ;-)


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