Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'd play Sally Gooden all day if I could

"I'd play Sally Gooden all day if I could, but the Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good. So I fiddle when I can and work when I should"

Anyway. I try. To not practice when I shouldn't. But I love it so. The new organ is awesome. I'm totally hooked on Hauptwerk software. Sometimes my organ is an 18th century Norwegian pipe organ. Sometimes it's German baroque. And then there's the crazy times my kids get me to fire up the old Wurlitzer.

I'm a little heartbroken. I read an article on how digital pianos are out selling acoustic pianos so much so that acoustic pianos are being taken to the dump at alarming rates because nobody wants to buy them any more. You can't even give them away. Some companies now specialize in dismantling and disposing of these older instruments.

Both my piano and organ are old. Even though my organ is digital and runs through a computer, it is still at its heart wooden cores and mechanical springs.

It is an old Klann pipe organ console that has been converted to a midi device. The piano next to it is an old upright Steinway. They don't make instruments like that anymore. I have a nice digital piano. I take it with me when I'm on the road. I use it to practice with head phones on. But if I had to choose between my pianos, I'd choose the Steinway hands down. I hate to see this kind of craftsmanship die out :(

PS I totally just blogged from my iPad . I am not a technology hater. Just an art lover.


  1. Your organ looks awesome! I'm glad you're having fun with it. My old organ is limping along. It has a couple of pedals that don't work. Sometimes we fix them, but then another one stops making the connection. I just hum them when they don't sound!

  2. Your new organ is beautiful! Thanks to its arrival, we were blessed with the opportunity to offer a home to its predecessor. Now we are looking forward to the organ lesson lady coming to see us! See you on Thursday!

  3. Guess your just a country girl.