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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: Make up Your Own Music
By Tim Pickl
03/08/07


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My parents had an old upright piano in the house we grew up in. it was horribly out-of-tune, and the ivory was broken off of several of the keys. A couple of the keys did not work at all!

I am a trumpet player by talent and training, but I was determined to learn how to play piano music. Graciously, my mom bought a couple of beginner piano books for us to try. Usually when no one else was around, I would sit for hours, practicing that old piano. As a trumpet player, I could read the "upper" notes on the G clef, and could pretty easily play the melody--but I had trouble reading the "lower" notes, and got really frustrated one day.

My mom walked in, and asked me what was wrong.(How do mothers know these things?)

I told her my dilemma...how it was so hard for me to read the "other" notes...and how frustrated I was getting.

My mom simply answered, "Then make it up--make up your own music." And she walked away.

So, I started to play, and experiment with songs I had already committed to memory--and make up music for the lower notes, or the left hand on the piano. Piano playing became fun!

Several months later, my special friend Julie showed up for Christmas. I wanted to show her a song I had made up. Finally, after my jealous little sister left us alone for a few minutes, I intently, intensely played the song for Julie. In the middle of the song, I looked up at her.
She started to cry!

And I cried, too.

I couldn't believe the reaction she had and the love that we felt for each other through the music of that old piano. It was sweet and simple, a moment that God touched my soul, and I didn't even know it at the time!

When you don't know what else to do, don't fret:
Just play it by ear, and make up your own music!


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Janice Cartwright03/15/07
I really liked the easy, conversational tone of your story and the underlying theme of God's purpose in designing each of us to uniquely reflect His glory.
Jacquelyn Horne03/15/07
I really liked this. Good writing and a good pov. Keep up the good work!
George Parler 03/15/07
Mothers are spooky that way aren't they. LOL

Nice story, keep up the good work.
Jeanie Pinkston03/15/07
How true! Enjoyed your article so much. I, too, like to make up my own praise songs, so this hit home for me.
Daniel Owino Ogweno03/16/07
And that is the secret! Making up your own music is the best way of giving birth to a new song.

I am encouraged to do whatever I am doing for the Lord in a unique and original way. Thanks for this.
Debra Avila03/20/07
Awesome! I am encouraged by your experience with learning the piano. I am learning guitar right now and I have been making my own music unto the Lord too.