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May 24, 2004

Moi

As promised, here is your weekly dose of "Random Facts About Lawren."

I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I think I took for about 7 years. In the end, sports, voice, and other activities won out, but I still really enjoyed piano. Learning how to read music greatly helped my ability to be a decent singer.

My piano teacher was great, and she taught most of the "promising" pianists in my small town. She, of course, would drill the classics in to our heads. I, on the other hand, had a fascination with pop music and oldies music. I would beg and plead with her every week to let me expand my horizons.

Finally, my whining paid off, and she allowed me to play one classical piece and one piece of my choosing each week. I was so pumped. It was fun to have "Heaven is a Place on Earth" as a diversion from Fur Elise.

When it came time for our yearly recitals, she let us pick what we wanted to play. All the other little goody goodies signed up to play their most difficult classical pieces. Not me. Why would I want to sound like everyone else? I knew I could handle the classical jazz, so why not spice things up a bit, right?

Picture it: Lots of young kids in their Sunday best, diligently filling the music hall with Beethoven, Bach, and Handel. My teacher walks on stage and says: "And now we'll hear two pieces from fourth grader Lawren Mills. She will be playing "Close My Eyes Forever" by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne and "Carrie" by Europe." All the parents looked so confused. But I played my little heart out. And when I was done, I found my parents, and they were clapping. They were laughing, but they were clapping too.


Posted by Lawren at May 24, 2004 03:48 PM

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That's cool info Lawren. I, too, used to take piano lessons but quit after 3-4 years. To this day, I can play a little bit of "The Entertainer" and that's about it. ;)

Says: Skerdog at May 24, 2004 10:32 PM

My cousin played - she tried teaching me. I've forgotten it all.

Now I wish it was a skill I had.

Hubster also played for a while, but like you, sports won out.

Says: GrumpyBunny at May 25, 2004 08:35 AM

Lawren plays "VH-1 awesomely bad songs" on piano! : ) Next stop..."The Final Countdown" by Europe. : )

How much fun!

Says: Jennifer at May 25, 2004 11:40 AM

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