His First Concert…Tickling the Ivories


Oh, the delight to see a child tickle the ivories for the first time, in a store window no less.

Here, he is receiving instructions from his mother on what to do. His mother played the piano back several years ago.

He is listening, so intently to her words…


“So Mom, what do you think?”…



Little Man started concentrating so much, the next thing I know, he jumps off the bench and sits on his knees to get a better position for his wrists.

What a riot!

In the meantime, Little Man’s mommy went and asked the store clerk, “How much is that cute piano in the window?”

Their response? “$300.00!”

“Good grief, I said.” “Is it made of gold?”

So for now, there won’t be any more piano concerts for a while.

Do you remember your first instrument you tried as a child?

I played the clarinet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good fit for me in the long run.

Have a marvelous day.

Thank you for your lovely comments in the last week. It means so much!



75 thoughts on “His First Concert…Tickling the Ivories

  1. Laurie, the black and white ones are my favorite. Little Man is as adorable as ever. I, too, played clarinet in school; however, I could not understand how to read notes since I had never had lessons. It gives me such joy to see my daughter progress with her piano lessons. She now plays for the youth group worship team and composes her own music. If your grandson shows interest when he is a bit older there are often free pianos available because people are moving etc. My daughter started off with an electric one which she still uses when others are sleeping. The real piano is loud…

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  2. Oh he is SO precious! Look at those HUGE , beautiful eyes! My daughter was the same way when she was little, so I got her a keyboard, and then checked with my local school system to see if they had any they would sell/auction. I got one for $25.00.. LOL Had to strip it of yucky black paint, but it worked for many years. πŸ˜€

  3. What a cute age, and so fun to watch them be so serious about things when they’re out and about. Never too young for those instruments. Our son got his first junior set of drums at the age of 4, and was playing parties with our family band when he was 8 and played out until he was about 17 with us, and then went on his own for a while. His dad was a musician so both our boys learned an instrument at an early age and were in the band. They are all grown now, and they don’t share the love of music that their father does, but they use to play sometimes just for fun when they would humor their dad, but sadly those days are over for him.

    Love the pictures…he looks so serious and I’m sure he loved the beautiful music he was making on that piano. That is so cute. He is so adorable. πŸ™‚

  4. What the What – was it made of gold? I remember my grandmother “made” us take piano lessons which I hated…had I stuck with it I would be playing Chopsticks now like nobody’s business!

  5. Gorgeous! He sits just like a grown piano player with the same attention! My first instrument was a guitar and I still play it today. Music is important! Hope the little man will go on liking it!

  6. I played clarinet as well, Laurie! And like you it was not a good fit.
    I love all of the pictures of little man but that second one….his expression there is just so coy — hard proof of how much of a heart breaker he is going to be!!

  7. Your grandson is just pure joy for all of you. When I was young my grandmother always played her organ and piano. She played by ear, but did read music. My sister and I took lessons together. We had an old upright piano that she and I spent endless hours together, playing duets. His experience on that piano opened him to the world of music, and I’ll bet he’s drawn back.

  8. Good Morning Laurie! Little Man is adorable and your captures are lovely! Gotta say I love his little brown cords.. πŸ™‚
    My first, last and only instrument, the piano at about 8 years old. It didn’t go well. The piano teacher told my Mom I should find something else that I enjoyed doing. I picked horses.. πŸ˜€ Lasted a lifetime!

  9. Awwwww, he is just so adorable Laurie. Believe me when I say that I will never have enough of seeing the lovely photo’s you take of him. He is so full of life and you capture him so beautifully! That is quite a pricey little piano but I am glad you got some great memories from it. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  10. I love his expression in the second photo! He is soooooo adorable!! Little ham!! I would have loved to learn how to play a clarinet or steel guitar! Hugz Lisa and Boo Bear

  11. My first was a accordion! Needless to say, that didn’t last long but my older brother played it for years. I took up piano and still play today. Music is such a wonderful part of life, I hope your little chopin gets his own instrument soon! He’s quite adorable – love the smiling shot πŸ™‚

  12. That’d be the cutest keepsake though wouldn’t it? I had a little pink piano when I was about 5 or 6. It’s sounded like a jewellery box when you struck the keys. I wish I still had it but I guess it probably got given away.

  13. Oh, be still my heart!! He is just so stinkin’ cute and precious, Laurie!! Beautiful photos, too!! Too bad money doesn’t just grow on trees… $300 is pretty pricey… but, this experience is priceless! blessings ~ tanna

  14. Oh, how lovely to see your sweet grandson so engrossed in making music. Gorgeous photos of his facial expressions, Laurie. I remember my first sighting of a piano at a boarding house in Blackpool England. We were staying there for our summer vacation, and although I could barely reach the keyboard, I managed to play the first few bars of ‘God save the Queen’ with one finger. My parents were so impressed that they decided I should have lessons, and the rest is history. πŸ™‚

  15. Great captures of his expressions. That smile on the second one is priceless πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing his first concert with us, Laurie!

  16. It’s never too early to introduce music! These are such cute photos and he really seems to be intrigued. I played piano for a couple of years as a kid and then took it up again as an adult and have continued with it. It’s my favorite instrument.

  17. Darling pictures of a cute, cute little boy! Love his expression! I imagine that the price on that life size bear was equally shocking!
    Mother made the three of us take piano lessons from a nun. I hated it! Not only was that my first “musical” experience, it was probably my first opportunity to lie. I inflated that practice schedule time like a 3 story hot air balloon! And, no, I didn’t get away with it!

  18. What a wonderful time was had by all especially the talented and handsome young man in your life. Melissa and Doug toys are of exceptional quality but $300 is a lot even for them. πŸ™‚ My grandkids play the piano and guitar. Grandson loves the Beatles and The Who and Granddaughter loves all the current boy bands especially 1 Direction. Their music choices make for some interesting family ‘concerts.’ πŸ™‚

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