I was teaching a piano lesson today. My student forgot her music. It was critical for her to have her music today for the recital that she is playing in – in a couple of weeks – and the song that she was playing just happened to be in the book she left at home. It could have been a disaster. While I have much of the music in a file in my office for such occasions as this – I did not have that particular piece that she is working on for the recital. I racked my brain thinking about what I was going to do so the time would not be wasted – I’m using all of the next few weeks in full concentration on the song that every student is either playing or singing. It was most frustrating – and I already had a tension headache from a rather demanding theater rehearsal! Ugh. But quickly I came up with a plan – I found out how much she could remember “by heart” – and I would fill in the rest. This was hard – and it took much patience on both our parts – but after repeating each measure over and over – we found that we could remember and learn the entire first half of the song in the limited time we had. It was a little painful – but in the end I think she will actually appreciate going home now and having the written music in front of her – after her hard work – and learning it from the actual music will seem less painful after doing some strenuous workout for her memory.
It’s amazing what you bring to mind – and recall – “from heart” when you need to. It’s funny how we can remember – when we need to.
There’s a Jim Brickman song that I love. These lyrics express it all:
“Even if we’re worlds apart – I’ll find my way back to you – by heart”
I love this. This is the cry of the heart. The heart that never forgets. The heart that knows whom it loves.
My prayer for you tonight – is that you always remember what the heart does – by heart.