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  1. Kathryn says:

    I can tell you’re having a lovely time with the piano. I had one for a while, tinkled (or is it tickled – I don’t want you to think I peed on it) the ivories, and then gave it to a cousin to pay off a debt. Kind of regret it now…the giving away, I mean, not the tinkling.

  2. Lil says:

    Congrats on fun with the piano.

    As I have no pianos, hyperbole or architectural plans in my life, I am finding Feburary (and winter) interminable…


  3. Pearl says:

    You’re a freakin’ Upper Midwest jewel, Joce.

    And no. That’s not hyperbole.

    Rock on, girl.


  4. I always liked that song. I think Billy Joel had a number of wonderful songs until he crossed over to the dark side by singing upbeat 50’s crap. Ugh.

  5. lime says:

    ok, can you please send paco my way? i have been trying to explain the concept of hyperbole to some adults who don’t seem to get it.

  6. I have always thought Billy Joel was underrated. I love New York State of Mind and Goodnight Saigon.

    Hearing your child say a really great word is magical.

  7. sweffing says:

    I don’t know about hyperbole, what about surrealistic? The only possible word for a post which manages to connect these images. Roll on Spring here too:)

  8. Monica says:

    You have a glorious February indeed, I can tell – as all the other months of the year ! You say you want my life – well I want yours! Can we do some hyperbole switching!!? I do speak Norwegian you know, so Byrons familie will certainly accept me in a jiffy… ;o)

  9. magpie says:

    Did he pronounce “hyperbole” right? Good word.

    And yes, mosque plans are way cool.

    (Piano Man = meh. I know, I know. Isn’t he from Long Island? I think I’m supposed to like him, but I don’t.)

  10. Well, that’s motherly love for you. I think listening to Piano Man would be a test. It’s so…fraught. But I remember beginning to pick out the G maj fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier and my mom, who was the pleasantest woman on earth, running screaming out of the kitchen and snatching the music off the rack. Evidently I was only the fourth child to play that one, and she wasn’t going to stick around to see if I massacred it too.

  11. Choochoo says:

    I do love me some Billy, but Piano Man was never my favorite, either.

  12. That’s a very good strategy to get Girl to practice all the more…just tell a kid they “can’t” do something, and they’ll do everything they can to prove you wrong. 😉 I love the plan of the mosque, and I think it would look great in a frame. Can’t you have it enlarged somewhere?

  13. Two singers who always make me sing along: Billy Joel and Neil Diamond.
    Glad you got the mosque print, it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen since Downton Abbey. (hyperbole)

  14. Jess says:

    That’s so funny, because just recently Todd and I heard “We Didn’t Start the Fire” on the radio recently and had a conversation like this-

    Me: I love this song! I was in high school when it came out.

    Todd: I was six.

    Me: Shut up.

    Also, I recently got the song “My Life” stuck in my head (I don’t know how) and felt compelled to make up a little ditty based on the melody and actual biographical fact that went like this:

    “I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life. I can sleep with the babysitTER if I want! Doot doo doo dooo.”

    I sang it to Todd but he seemed unimpressed by either that or the fact that I once dated a guy who used to date a girl who used to babysit for Billy Joel. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t the one he was sleeping with.

  15. Bone says:

    Love “Piano Man.” “As a smile ran away from his face” and “when I wore a younger man’s clothes” are two lines I always wish I’d written.

    And I always thought “We Didn’t Start The Fire” would’ve made a fun little history class project.

  16. chlost says:

    Your support of the kids’ musical talents made me remember being forced to practice the trombone in the basement. “I didn’t choose the trombone….it was dad’s!”

    Also, my sister and my daughter-both operatic training-both in agreement with your father. I remember my sister gave voice lessons to singers who had already damaged their voices. She never understood how or why a singer would use their voice in a way which would do such damage to their most precious asset.

  17. Deborah says:

    Sitting here in my adult-quiet house and reading about your February, I feel a little bereft. For us it was In The Mood and The Entertainer – and I never thought I’d miss that. Well, it does still happen now and again, I admit, when a kid comes by and flips open the piano to bash out something from the old days.
    We Didn’t Start The Fire is one of my faves – when you’ve got that down pat how about a little vlog, hmm??
    And I love the back-and-forth between you and your Byron. It would take quite a guy to keep up with you and it seems he’s more than capable.

  18. Meg says:

    Time for Girl to master “Just the Way You Are” on the clarinet. Now that’d be pretty.

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