Overcoming Bloglessness

Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! Piano Lessons


Artwork from Kennedy School

Artwork from Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon

Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!.

Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself. Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING.

Piano Lessons

“Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy! Did you practice at all? Sit up straight! Do you see that rest? You’re pounding! Staccato! Curved fingers!”

No piano teacher had ever scolded me so harshly. Mrs. Ruth had me in tears. She wasn’t about to waste her time on lazy students. I had better get serious or quit right now.

She was the piano nazi. I was too scared to quit.

I only cried that one time.  After less than a year with Mrs. Ruth, when I played before judges at an audition, I was rated “excellent” and told I had “very fine ability”.

I was never more proud of a piece of paper.  I was an average student, a troubled teen from a twice broken home.  It felt good to be deemed excellent at something.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

7 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! Piano Lessons

  1. Precious story! My piano teacher brought me to tears when she told me from the kitchen, “That’s the wrong note, Marsha.”
    “You can’t see it, Mom. It is supposed to be a discord sometimes. I’m playing it right!”
    I never was an excellent piano player. I wonder why???? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me a like. Yours looks lovely, and brought back some fun memories of piano lessons! 🙂 Marsha

    • Thank you! I can barely plunk through those pieces now. It would be fun to take lessons again.

      • hahaa, and you are the pianist! I am just a plunker. I can play the right hand by ear if I know it I can plunk it out. I can add chords to it, but it always sounds like a kid that can’t play! 🙂 hmmmm! 🙂 I’m sure you are better than that! 🙂 Marsha 🙂

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