Please welcome our dear friend Tamara Ward, Amazon Bestselling Mystery and Romantic Suspense Author. Her new novel, Private Deception, featuring spunky female sleuth Jade O’Reilly is already rocking the charts.
But the computer keyboard isn’t the only one she knows well. Take it away, Tamara . . .
I’m envious of dancers, being able to move like liquid music, physically translating emotion into meaning other people can read with their eyes. But I’ve got a secret art in my back pocket.
Like Alicia and Roy Street, in addition to being a writer, I’ve got experience in another artistic medium, too. I’m no dancer; I’m a musician. I went to college on a piano scholarship.
While writing is my passion, I used to be torn between my love for ink and paper and my love for music. And translating emotion into music – burning up those ivory keys – brought me joy and fulfillment. But I ultimately focused on writing. And over time my fingers became out of practice, clumsy and fumbling. With the birth of my children, the little, occasional time I used to spend practicing piano evaporated even more.
I think this is a common story: Sometimes old skills and passions, whether they be an art or simply something we enjoy doing – taking bubble baths or quilting or hiking – take a back seat as life evolves. Spending time with my family and writing are more important to me than playing piano.
But recently my grandmother died, and my mother requested that I record a song to be played at the funeral. The song, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy, is one that my grandmother played on the piano when her own mother was on her deathbed. Something about the moon (lune) has tied together generations of women in my family. And though separated by time and distance, when we look at the moon, we remember each other.
So I got out the old Clair de Lune sheet music my grandmother gave me so long ago, and I spent a few hours practicing the chords and runs. And I found that, though my skills were rusty, with a bit of polish the connection between fingertips and piano keys, written notes and the meaning behind the music, still shines.
Do you have a talent or skill that you’ve left behind?
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