I am on vacation and am reading books that people have recommended to me but I haven't had the chance to read yet. One such book is "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank," a wonderful book about a piano repair shop in Paris and a friendship. The book helps me understand the instrument that has been a huge part of my life.
One detail that I was reminded of was that, on the piano the white keys are called "naturals" and the raised black keys are called "accidentals." So when you look at a keyboard you are looking at something like a landscape of life - a lot of "naturals" broken up by "accidentals" - a lot of what we wished would happen getting interrupted by what we weren't expecting to happen.
The key of "C" is the key most people learn to play in. It's all natural - (all white keys). But the key of C, although easiest to play, is alsothe harshest sounding of all keys. Different keys sound different to the ear. And ironically, the more accidentals (black keys) in the key the more mellow the sound.
How true that is of life as well. If life just went along naturally, under our control, predictable, we would all remain as arrogant as we were in our teen years. However, life is punctuated with accidentals - unpredictable predicaments - broken promises, physical suprises, etc. These accidentals, like on the piano, seem unnatural and strange. They challenge us to change and to learn. But they mellow the
music of our lives. If you play only the accidentals the effect is very exotic and otherworldly. Perhaps those accidentals are like the heavens breaking into our attempts to keep things simple and manageable. If we don't give in to the accidentals we are destined to stay locked up in a "Chopsticks" existence.