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by Marie Agustin
07/07/06
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Playing the piano is one of my passions. I like the sight of the notes arranged row after rows as if they are part of the road that goes up and down. When I started piano lessons two years ago, I was overwhelmed by the sight of notes tied together. I knew they were hard for my fingers and so I told my teacher not to rush me into playing hard pieces. And then I tried playing Bourree in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. It’s a grade two musical piece but I like it whenever I hear it in the CD or whenever my daughter plays it.

The key to perfecting a musical piece is through repetition. You have to be patient with yourself because it will take time for you to arrive at Bach’s style. Your eyes should study how the keys produce good music as your right and left hand coordinate. The musical piece – each line, each stanza, each note, each stop, and each intensity - should stay in your mind. Your hand should be able to play the piece even without the piano. You should remember it, the whole piece, with all its requirements, in your heart and mind. The piece should play in your dreams, in your quiet walks and quiet moments.

Maintaining good marriage is just like perfecting a musical piece. It takes time. Our own musical piece, our marriage, is always in the WIP (work-in-progress). It’s never arriving, always enhancing, until one of the partner pass away, then the musical piece is finished. How wonderful the melody? Only the couple could tell. How pleasing the harmony? One their constant practice would testify. Did they repeat the piece 100 times? 1000 times? A million times? Did they savour and share the good times together? Did the right and left hands, the husband and the wife, played the piece together – moment by moment, each breathing days they live together? Did they divide their fun times together, stanza by stanza, row by row, line by line? Did they rejoice whenever they finish a line? How did they create melody and harmony?

Marriage relationship is like a musical piece. It needs to be ‘played’ and nourished over and over again to perfect the piece.

- Marie Agustin (July 7, 2006)

(Romeo and Marie Agustin are handling Couple’s Bible Study every Friday. Their current topic is about Marriage.)



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