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Artist Date: Audio Style

My Uncle Milton (on the right) and his four-hand piano partner, John, tell us about the Mozart sonata they have been practicing in preparation for a Labor Day concert for their wives. Today I was fortunate enough to sit in on a dress rehearsal. What a treat!

The stars warm up and settle their nerves for the performance.

The sonata had three movements, each with its own distinctive mood. Nothing can compare to the power of live music. As the fellas entertained us with the fruits of their labors, I relaxed into my armchair and allowed my imagination to wander. The notes took me from thoughts about the genius of Mozart to my own humble creative expression, to the admirable vitality and acumen of my uncle. I traveled around the world in 30 minutes, I guess you might say.

I couldn’t help but notice that the flowers that we brought from Parlee Farms  happen to match one of my father’s paintings. John’s shorts round out the red accent in triplicate.

An addendum to the inspirational afternoon: John is currently rehearsing for an opera performance, which involves not only singing but learning the Viennese Waltz, too. Wow!

Julia Cameron’s Artist Dates are prescribed as solo ventures, but I am inclined to soften the guidelines on occasion. Today was one of those exceptions.

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  • Fran August 20, 2009, 9:20 am

    Your uncle and John are two neat, talented dudes. You’ve written a delightful tribute to them!