In this day and age so many children have access to technology it’s unbelievable what they are capable of! You will probably find that one in ten children who have either a smartphone or a tablet have a little digital piano app on which they can have a little play around at their own will. Most kids love playing on this kind of app as it is an excellent way for them to release creativity. If your child has been doing just this, then perhaps you should consider upgrading them to a keyboard, or a digital piano through which there will be no limits to their new found creativity.
With digital pianos you have the fantastic option of getting wonderfully jazzy this Christmas. You can play anything you like on a jazz organ or electric piano setting (available on pretty much every digital piano ever made) and it will sound gloriously jazzy. Even if you play a bit of The Beatles, in a rigid 4/4, adding some E-Piano to your playing will give it that smooth edge that everyone is after on those long December nights in front of the open log fire!!
It’s getting to that time of the year when every single channel on the television is showing all of our favourite films, so brace yourself! Everyone’s favourites will be showing, probably headed by the likes of the Harry Potter series and Sound of Music.. But last year I noticed something interesting. There were a fair few piano movies showing! Now, while something like perhaps The Piano is completely understandable to show at Christmas, as it has a nice little Christmas scene in it and the obligatory happy ending, last year between Christmas and New Year there was a television showing of The Pianist! Not exactly the most jolly piano movie…
As everyone will beware at this point, this week Paris saw some horrific terrorist attacks. What a lot of people will not know, however, is that in this time of despair and panic, one man wheeled his piano out into the centre of Paris to spread the message of peace and love. Many think that he is a madman, and perhaps he is, to put himself in such a dangerous and compromising position, but through his piano he certainly managed to do as he intended. He amassed a crowd quickly, all of whom appreciated what he was doing and urged him to go on as his actions were exactly what the city needed at that moment in time.
This week the inevitable has happened; Justin Beiber has topped the UK charts once again with his new song which is called ‘Sorry’.
Adele’s new song has already proved to be something of a smash hit. After having taken a short break from the music industry to focus on her personal life, this singing super star has returned to the bright lights. Her last major hit was the cover song for the last (tremendously successful and box office smash) Bond movie entitled Skyfall. The Skyfall track is one that fir the film absolutely perfectly and won Adele an academy award, quite rightly so.
Last night we heard of the sad and untimely death of Jonah Lomu who suffered from a heart attack yesterday and the age of 40 after having suffered from long standing kidney problems. The former all-blacks star player is a legend over the world and today New Zealand has found itself in a state of mourning as one of their national heroes has passed through the pearly gates.
It has come to public attention recently that there is such a thing as a Toy Piano Festival. This is effectively exactly what it says on the tin; a music festival dedicated entirely to the toy piano! It is happening in Queens in America for the first time next month and there are many people who have started to get very excited about the prospect.
The festival has been dubbed the “UnCaged Toy Piano Festival” and is due to take place on December 4th and 5th and feature a grand total of three events, one of which is a concert at the Museum of the Moving Image — to spotlight the sound of the miniature instrument. This event is sure to go down a storm with any fan of the toy piano!
As it’s coming round to the new year, many people are thinking about new things they can do and buy, and there are people out there who are now considering upgrading their battered old upright piano for the new year. After all, new year, new start, right?!
This year the annual Christmas market has returned with a fury. After the opening last weekend, there has already been huge popularity for the markets that have sprung up all over Manchester. Every time I have driven past in the past few days, the whole area is absolutely heaving with people and there are the most magnificent sounds and smells coming from the depths of the little timber market huts.