Humor Under The Keyboards

Written by Ismael D. Tabije

For me,repparttar piano isrepparttar 110054 symbol of what is stiff, proper and elegant. It doesn't have faults, it is perfect. Pianists arerepparttar 110055 most perfectionist people inrepparttar 110056 world. They should not and can not make mistakes especially when performing. That is how I viewedrepparttar 110057 piano andrepparttar 110058 pianists. But then, I just found out I was wrong. A few researches and I have once again proven that appearances can be deceiving.

The pianists we see play appear to berepparttar 110059 most formal and respectable stars onrepparttar 110060 stage. They holdrepparttar 110061 power andrepparttar 110062 breath ofrepparttar 110063 audiences. They could look intimidating in their formal suits not to mentionrepparttar 110064 authority andrepparttar 110065 air of arrogance they exude while on stage. They can be captivating.

But before we forget, these pianists are also human. And humans do make mistakes. Most of these mistakes can be frustrating and depressing. But then, there are also mistakes that are amusing and could also be totally hilarious. It shows how fun could be inserted even inrepparttar 110066 most seemingly stuffy and proper event.

Here are some examples:

When asked for their definition of a piano, some famous musicians and musical enthusiasts have some famous replies:

•For David W. Barber (The Musician's Dictionary), a piano is a cumbersome piece of furniture found in many homes, where playing it ensuresrepparttar 110067 early departure of unwanted guests.

•Piano (n.) is a parlor utensil for subduingrepparttar 110068 impertinent visitor. It is operated by depressingrepparttar 110069 keys ofrepparttar 110070 machine andrepparttar 110071 spirits ofrepparttar 110072 audience, according to Ambrose Bierce, an American journalist (The Devil's Dictionary). •A piano tuner is a person employed to come intorepparttar 110073 home, rearrangerepparttar 110074 furniture, and annoyrepparttar 110075 cat. The tuner's chief purpose is to ascertainrepparttar 110076 breaking point ofrepparttar 110077 piano's strings. Though these definitions may sound humorous, you can never missrepparttar 110078 ironies in it. Coming from people who live and breatherepparttar 110079 piano, these definitions seem odd. Here's more - when asked about their secrets in playing, you would certainly be surprised at how simple their secrets can be, and definitely applicable. •Australian pianist Artur Schnabel said, "I always make sure thatrepparttar 110080 lid overrepparttar 110081 keyboard is open before I start to play". •"Nothing soothes me more after a long and maddening course of pianoforte recitals than to sit and have my teeth drilled", said George Bernard Shaw, a writer and a music critic.

Installing a Home Theater

Written by Kenny Hemphill

Thinking about installing a home theater system? You’re not alone. Home theater is one ofrepparttar fastest growing areas areas in home entertainment andrepparttar 110053 advent of DVD recorders means your set-up can now be entirely digital, without an inch of video tape in site.

Installing a home theater is a big decision and requires careful planning. Luckily there are a number of resources around to help you and you needn’t be a technical expert or a hi-fi buff to getrepparttar 110054 job done.

One ofrepparttar 110055 first decisions you’ll need to make before you set about installing a home theater is whether your going to dedicate a whole room torepparttar 110056 theater or whether it will share a space with a lounge, dining room, or office. Having a dedicated room allows you to position seating and speakers inrepparttar 110057 optimum position and you can seriously consider a projector and screen without it looking as out of place as it might in your living room.

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