Planning ahead for a musical Valentine’s Day

What gift do you give people on birthdays and special occasions? These days, most of us go out and buy something or order online. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but in addition, why not surprise the person with a song? A song played on the piano, by you. (Yes, you!)

Today is February 3rd, so if you live in a country where Valentine’s Day is celebrated, you have exactly 10 days to “get your act together,” literally. Choose a love song that you and your significant other both like, and learn it. The best thing is that it doesn’t have to be flashy or technically brilliant. In fact, this could work against you on Valentine’s Day. Just pick a song and learn it well enough so you can play it smoothly.

It can be the traditional “My Funny Valentine” or any love song you like. It can be George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You,” Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love,” or John Legend’s “All of Me.” You can sing it as you accompany yourself, or perform it as a piano solo.

Start now, so you have plenty of time to get familiar with the melody and chords, and the lyrics if you plan to sing it. Then on the special day, when they least expect it, sit down at your piano or keyboard and do your thing. It’s sure to make someone you love feel very special!

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