Playing piano with the joy of a child

Wouldn’t it be great to play piano with the joy of a child again?

Just imagine… we can sit down at our piano and simply delight in the process of making sounds, exploring chord progressions, creating melody after melody. And we can do it without self-criticism, with a sense of wonder, and with true joy.

Yes, this is possible for us and groups like The Beatles can show us the way.

Check out this video from director Peter Jackson, who gives us a “sneak peak” of his upcoming Beatles documentary Get Back (the bit at 1:51 is priceless!).

The Beatles Sneak Peak

Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr has said that he’s especially pleased that Jackson included footage of the band members having fun during those last years of playing together when they didn’t always agree on everything. The whole video made me smile and I hope it inspires you as much as it inspires me!

I tried to tap into this youthful sense of joy when I played the great Rodgers and Hart tune “Isn’t It Romantic” for you Journey Through The Real Book. It’s a charming song and fun to play.

Isn’t It Romantic: Journey Through The Real Book #187

And if you haven’t yet seen last week’s video, on Wayne Shorter’s “Iris,” you’ll find it here:

Iris: Journey Through The Real Book #188

I hope these videos inspire you and help you play your music with the joy of a child. After all, we call it “play,” right?

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”


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