These days, I often spend more time on my computer keyboard than the piano keyboard. As co-owner of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am often preparing presentations for dog training conferences, spending time on social media, and have a myriad of other details to attend to via the computer. While I love helping improve the lives of dogs and their people, the details involved can be overwhelming and can really occupy a great deal of my thought.
Four hour piano practice days seem to be a thing of my past, but I still enjoy my time at the piano. It’s become more of a meditation time for me, where I am transported out of my head and into my soul. But, when I have a million details floating around in my head, it’s hard to even remember that I have a soul.
A beautiful 9-foot Steinway sits in my living room. I do everything I can to take care of her, and that has often meant keeping her completely covered when not in use. But, when she’s covered all the time, it almost feels like I have an elephant in the living room ~ a thing from my past that I’d like to tend do, but often don’t. So, recently I started taking off her cover and opening her lid at night time. And she’s been transformed from an elephant in the living room, to a partner that is inviting me in for tender moments.
This inspired me to follow my desire of playing the piano first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Funny how that’s made all of the other details that happen in-between seem more manageable. Opening the piano lid is symbolic of opening myself to a larger life, one that includes an abundance of music making combined with time for dogs and growing a business that helps improve the lives of dogs worldwide and their people.
Incidentally, this is the same piano that I recorded the very first Through a Dog’s Ear CD ~ Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1. As of February 12, 2012, it is charting at #19 on the Billboard Classical Chart. This is a first for music for pets!