Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

This past Sunday was my parents 35th wedding anniversary. And I wrote them a song for it. It was hard for me to share it with anyone except Danny because my self-esteem and my music confidence regarding my piano playing abilities and music-writing abilities was significantly lowered after the harsh lecture I received from a music professor 7+ years ago.

The song I wrote for them originally started about 12 years ago and was never truly finished. It morphed and changed every time I sat down to play. It has a little melody in it that I would occasionally throw into a piano medley when playing in church or at wedding receptions.

Then Danny bought me this portable grand piano from Yamaha as an early birthday present/sorry-we-had-to-return-half-your-Christmas-gifts-present. I felt complete. I felt like this is what I had been waiting for and longing for all these years-- a way to write my music, to share it, to publish it.

I tinkered with it. I figured out how to change the sound and how to plug in headphones. Headphones! I could play even after the kids went to sleep! This was monumental.

Later that night, I thumbed through the owner's manual to figure out how to record. I found an empty spot on the memory of the piano for recordings, #33, and I recorded it-- the song. It didn't have a name yet. But it had a purpose. It was to be for my parents' anniversary. It would be written in their honor. They gave birth to me, they provided piano lessons for me, and what did I have to show for it? I would write my first official complete song in their honor. In my mind as I was playing, I envisioned my parents getting married, going through the temple, adopting my brother, having my sister Leslie 9 months later, having me, then Erin, then Rachel, moving around in the Air Force, all of us growing up and getting married and having our own children, etc. I thought about the legacy they started way back in 1973, just 10 days after Valentine's Day. I played 90% of the song with my eyes closed. I played it back and thought, Wow, that's not bad. That actually sounds decent. I can almost see the pictures.

Then I played it for Danny. He said, "I like it. It's very soothing."

"But do you think they'll like it?" I asked.

"Of course!" he said, like a good supportive husband should.

So, with the creative thinking of Rachel, Leslie, and Erin, we put together an anniversary present to celebrate what their choices brought about: family. It was a slide show put to the music. Rachel put it together. We all decided we would each send family pictures to the local Wal-Mart to print in 8x10's and Erin would pick them up and deliver the gift since she lives fairly close (like two blocks away) to my parents.


erin said...

thanks for stopping by my did you find us??

Cynthia said...

Nikki, what a beautiful tribute to your parents. Thanks for the info on the keyboard. I've been looking for an 88-key for a long time.

Leslie said...

I can't wait to hear it again. I really thought it was beautiful and reminded me of Jim Brickman(who I love). You are very talented and should feel insecure no longer about your musical ability. I'm not kidding!

Piglet 26 said...

I pulled it off, displayed the pictures and set the dvd to play on the computer. it was a beautiful thing.

jvjw said...

Very, very awesome. Frankly, I'm a little bit envious, too. You have lucky parents!


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