Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ebony and Ivory

Occasionally it feels like Storm thinks black and I think white.  Take today, for example.  I am trying to make some kind of writing analogy of how the black and white work together and become.......  well "grey" doesn't sound like a happy blend, so I am looking for a more colorful way to describe it.  I started thinking about the keys on the piano as the white and the black stand in stark contrast, but a pair of masterful hands works them together and makes beautiful music out of them.  I don't want it to sound corny, so I ask Storm of this subject of the piano of which he knows because he can sing and read music, but he does not play.  So I ask him how the black keys are different from the white keys.  He tells me the white keys are the whole notes and the black notes are the half notes.  Okay, I get that, but how do they work together?  He is just not giving me an answer that I can grab onto and he kind of claims not to know.  I ask him, how do you tell on the sheet music whether to play/sing a middle C or a C is that is an octave higher?  (See, I do know a little.)   He said you could tell by where the note is placed on the staff.   I say, "But, there are only 5 lines on the staff.  Don't some of those notes go way above the staff? "   Him, "Yes."  Me, frustrated,  "You don't sound much like you know your own staff."  (Yes, I mean his wiener.)  Storm doesn't miss a beat in this musical discussion and he replies, "Well, I don't know how it tastes.  You will have to provide your own insight for that.  But other than that I have a pretty good handle on it."   I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe.

Okay, so what a perfect example of Storm thinking black as I think white .... totally on the wrong page with each other, musically or otherwise, and then the laughter brings us back together again and I do not care what the piano keys look like or mean anymore as I no longer need the illustration.

16 comments:

  1. It's always a pleasure visiting here. I love the interactions between you two :)

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. Always a pleasure to see you here as well! Thanks! Hugs, Windy

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  2. Yea, who cares after his cheeky, fun comment! I’d laugh my head off too! Fun convo for me to read before work!

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    1. Glad you're laughing along with Storm and me! Thanks for reading! Hugs! Windy

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  3. I know nothing about music except that I like it. I'm just glad the ebony and ivory thing works for you guys whether you understand it or not.

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    1. He understands it quite well, he just couldn't explain it to me for some reason. I can't write what I don't understand though! LOL! Music is wonderful if I don't have a migraine! Hugs! Windy

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  4. You akways make me laugh Windy. Thanks

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  5. LOL - each key on the piano has a specific place on the staff (the 5 lines) giving it at least 11 notes in a "fixed" place on those lines. Then there are other tiny lines that you can add above and below, in effect extending the number of lines that the "staff" now has. anything way over gets an 8va sign above or below, telling the performer to jump up (or down) a whole octave without having to add too many little lines. I hope that helps :)

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    1. I could have used that explanation several days ago, but it didn't wouldn't have helped with my writing analogy. Not in my brain anyway! hahaa Thanks for trying to help! Windy

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  6. Goodness, Windy, whatever will pop into your head next? Glad you had fun trying to work it all out!
    Rosie xx

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    1. I will let you know here, when I find out! Thanks, Rosie! Hugs! Windy

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  7. Loved the vision of masterful hands, playing all keys be they black or white, Windy. And Storm didn't disappoint, delivering his usual most excellent one liner, pun included :)) ... hugs .. nj

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    1. I guess the vision part is what I needed after all...... but that didn't cone until all this had happened and I was typing it all up! HA! Storm does not disappoint with the one liners! Thanks, NJ! Hugs! Windy

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  8. Windy,
    It is a mystery how couples come together and make a relationship sometimes against all odds. What makes a marriage work is each person bringing to that relationship different viewpoints and interests. Black and white, Ebony and ivory, peanutbutter and jam, as long as the differences are respected nad honored, life is good. Right?
    Meredith

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    1. Meredith,
      As long as I can eat smooth peanut butter and not crunchy, all is well. Storm wants no beans and no nuts in his life. We have accepted those differences ! LOL! The ebony and ivory is very frustrating at times in a marriage, but we do work it out in whatever ways we can, sometimes through unexpected humor. Thanks for your insightful comments! Hugs! Windy

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