While living at 1779 East Ave in Hayward California,the Bailey family purchased their first piano. Around this wonderful instrument, they built many of their family traditions. Evalyn and Cindy took lessons and played. Ross, their brother, irritated Evalyn by taking to playing the piano like a duck takes to water and he played her songs at five. She bested him by learning to read music like a wiz. Maureen played at this piano and then learned to play at her own.
We had concerts, played as a family band. We sang carols, musicals, Sesame Street, and hymns. God blessed us in so may ways with this piano. It was a player and I can remember children standing on the pedals because they were to short to sit playing Bye Bye Blackbird.
So I was moaning a little to Sally Lampi. Sally rarely suffers fools, so she asked "Do you play the piano?" "No" said I. "Then you've given away a shelf?" Right!