Category: "Miscellany & Merriment"


Growing up Simply – My Childhood Experience of Musicality

Written by Leon Moore on

I can recall countless fond memories of growing up in a household that was filled with music. I would get home from school and my dad, who was a music educator, would have anywhere from one to ten students in…

Happy Songs, Part 2 – “1234”

Written by Gordon Harvey on

Feist might be the only artist on my lists of both the saddest songs and the happiest songs ever. I’ll resist talking about the heartbreaking track “The Limit To Your Love”, because this is a series about happy songs – but…

The Piano – A Common Subject in Famous Paintings

Written by Stephanie Iadanza on

I have spent my lifetime learning and exposing myself to the arts on all levels (paintings, music, dance – any way I could really). Being exposed to so much variety was a greater gift than I knew at the time. I…

‘Less is More’ – One Chord Songs

Written by Gordon Harvey & Gretta Dunn on

I once attended a workshop with the British singer Sheila Chandra in which she sang a whole bunch of songs from various world cultures over a two-note drone. It was amazing the rich variety of sounds that flowed from such…

Notable Portrayals of Musicians & Composers in Film

Written by Daniel Kielman on

The Playground has previously posted a list of some of films worth watching in which our favorite instrument, the Piano, was featured prominently. Following up on that post, I’d like to share some notable films that not only featured pianos,…