When I was a young girl, I took a lot of lessons – speech, voice, piano, baton twirling, dance (ballet, tap, jazz), swimming, diving, tennis. And I was in a lot of recitals and loved being a “show-off”.
I was good at most of them. Actually, I was good at a lot of things (especially sports), but I excelled at piano. I could not play by ear, but I would practice a lot. And I had a good teacher who would encourage me, and she would give me pieces to learn that were very hard. And, I learned them. Her name was Martha Finger Stratton. And, I am friends with her beautiful daughter Ellen Stratton Mcallister on Facebook to this day.
So, when I was around 10 or so, Daddy bought me a Steinway medium grand piano. This is a photo of what it looked like. It was built by…
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