Sparky’s Magic Digital Piano – A Modern Story

The original story – Sparky’s Magic Piano was the second in a series of children’s audio stories featuring Sparky, an original character created for Capitol Records in 1947. Sparky was a little boy with an over-active imagination in which his adventures involved objects which magically came to life and talked to him e.g. his piano. But image if you will the same story in a more contemporary setting involving a digital piano.

Modern day plot summary

Sparky is a young child who hates practising the digital piano. One day, sitting at his piano stool he expresses his dislike for practising, the digital piano talks to him, and tells him that he will show him what it is like to play the digital piano well, and that all Sparky has to do is sit at his piano stool and run his fingers over the keys, and the digital piano will play whatever Sparky chooses. Sparky then amazes his mother with his playing, and she calls his digital piano teacher. The two adults decide to book concerts across the country, with Sparky as a solo digital piano player. Sparky insists that he must take his own digital piano and piano stool with him to all his concerts, and his mother agrees. But the digital piano will play for Sparky only for a limited time, and this time runs out during a concert. Sparky sits at his piano stool and begs the digital piano to play, but it does not respond, and Sparky is reduced to banging helplessly on the digital piano keys. He hears his mother calling him, and he awakens and finds himself at home. It then becomes apparent to the listener, and to Sparky, that the entire experience was a dream. But it has given Sparky a new appreciation of the digital piano, and he vows to sit on his piano stool every day and keep practising until he can play as well as he did in his dream.Sparky Playing the Digital Piano

Sparky’s Magic Digital Piano very animated version!

In 1987, “Sparky’s Magic Piano” was animated for television, and was later released on video & DVD. The pace of the animated version was greatly slowed: sitting at his piano stool Sparky the digital piano player was portrayed with less innocence; he had acquired a dog named Rags; his father was given a much bigger role; and a bumbling music critic was added to the cast who was out to prove Sparky was a fraud on the digital piano. Wow, so not such a bright spark on the digital piano after all!

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