Playing on Top of the Keys and Underneath the Keys

A conversation from 18 Nov 2011 about early pianos, period pianos, and concerts in Andratx. It begins with a discussion about a museum in Florence. If there’s interest I’ll convert the audio file to something I can post on YouTube.

Patrick: The guy who made up the first escapement action for the piano. Won’t come to me now. Anyway, this little piano museum in Concert Hall is named after him. So we went there to hear …

JP: This was Vienna you said?

Patrick: No, in Florence.

Patrick: So the guy who made the first pianos, it’s named after him. And they were doing all the Beethoven sonatas and several concerts with pianos from the period.

JP: Aha!!

Patrick: So, of course, modern piano sounds nothing like the pianos from the period. Continue reading “Playing on Top of the Keys and Underneath the Keys”

Patrick Talks about Food

The recording for this conversation is too large to upload to this site. If there is interest I will convert to a YouTube video and add a link. Let me know.

JP: We are sitting in “Cappucino Restaurant” in Valldemossa. It’s about 4:30 PM on the 16th November [2011]. Hopefully the date/time stamp on the digital recorder is corrected now. So … talk about food.

PM: Well, the first thing I remember is walking to school with my first bottle of milk that my mother put in a bag. I was in the first grade. The bag got wet. The bag got wet and the bottle fell through, smashed on the sidewalk and I went back home. I didn’t go to school. Continue reading “Patrick Talks about Food”

Patrick’s Message to Grand Kids and Much More

Here’s a conversation between Patrick and me on far-ranging subjects and beginning with his message to the grand kids, as a YouTube video using a bunch of still photos from 2011. Warning: it’s about 40 minutes long. The transcription follows.

(I couldn’t add it directly to this web page because of the file size.)

Here’s the transcription:

JP: Well, it’s about 1:15 in the morning on the 16th of November 2011 Continue reading “Patrick’s Message to Grand Kids and Much More”

Conversation about Meeting Donna

Here’s a transcription of a conversation between Patrick and JP on 16 Nov 2011 at a restaurant. The audio file is too large to post on this site. If there’s interest I’ll see about adding it to YouTube.

JD: Well Donna was seventeen, right? I think, she went to school …

PM: When was she born? I don’t know.

JP: I think she was born in ’38 which would make her 16. Continue reading “Conversation about Meeting Donna”

A Dream (Feb 1985)

Beginning in the late 1970s I would sometimes record my dreams instead of writing them down.

Here’s one that starred Patrick and my mom. Unless there’s specific interest, I won’t bother posting the audio file. It’s from February 1985, six years after he and last saw one another and over a year before my first visit to Spain.

February 15, 1985, [my sister] Heather’s 18th birthday. I dreamed that somehow Patrick came to visit us. I was with my mom.

He was getting ready to travel on, so I said, “Hey, look, all we have to do is just gather up all this stuff and put it in boxes.” We went through and took all these things off the shelves in this big house. We stripped everything off the shelves and made the place look real neat and tidy.

My mom came home and said, “Neat, we’re all set to go somewhere I guess.”

We had all this stuff and the house was nice and neat and so on. Still, Pat didn’t want to… he decided he didn’t want to come with us .

I said “Look, now that everything everything is the way you like it, why don’t you stay?”

He just stood outside and hitched a ride with a truck, a big semi.

Then after that, my mom, my sisters and I went out and found this house out in the country. I was riding my motorcycle, Avatar, and there was a dirty, muddy path. I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the bike out there. I was a little bit nervous about dumping it. I remember I had some problems getting the bike up to the parking space.