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Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys - Discography, Parlophone
Simple Plan Summer Paradise
(CD Single), Atlantic
Fleetwood Mac Seven Wonders
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 11
Santana and Rob Thomas Smooth
(CD Single), Arista
Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds
(CD Single), RCA
George Michael White Light
(CD Single), Aegean, 1
Chuck Berry No Particular Place To Go
The Best Of Chuck Berry, Music Club
Blur Under The Westway
(CD Single), Parlophone, 1
Freddie Mercury Living On My Own
(CD Single), Parlophone
Rumer Travelin' Boy
Boys Don't Cry, Atlantic, 4
Diana Ross My Old Piano
Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv
Crosby, Stills & Nash Marrakesh Express
Our House (CD Single), Atlantic
Supertramp It's Raining Again
The Very Best Of Supertramp, Polygram Tv
Ronan Keating Fires
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
XTC Making Plans For Nigel
Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), EMI
Elbow First Steps
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: REV STEVE CHALKE MBE, FOUNDER OF OASIS GLOBAL
I used to dread Wednesday afternoons. Every week, after school, my mum would walk with me to my piano lesson. Then, for an excruciating hour, I’d sit perched at the piano, in Miss Owen’s front room, attempting the impossible - to somehow convince her that I’d spent the last seven days practicing the piece she’d set me the week before.
It was painful; for me and for her. I hated practicing the piano. All those staves, clefs, keys and scales. I had other ideas about life. I wanted to be free; free to do what I liked; free to watch TV; mess around; do nothing. Free to not practice the piano.
Miss Owen used to remind me regularly that ‘playing makes perfect’. My mum would try to encourage me by sitting down with me at our piano, stopping to listen to me as I attempted to play a few lines and even wandering away trying to whistle the tune I was stumbling over – an extraordinarily difficult task. But alas, none of this bore fruit. ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink’.
But here’s my secret, all these years on, I’d give anything to be able play the piano. I wish my fingers could dance effortlessly across those keys. I dream of playing like Billy Joel, Carol King, Stevie Wonder, Elton John or Gary Barlow. But I can’t.
“At the time, discipline isn't much fun” the bible teaches. It always feels like it's going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it's the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.
That’s my problem. I grew up believing that discipline was the enemy of freedom. The idea of fasting from my insatiable appetite for junk TV and leisure and of putting myself on a disciplined diet which included piano practice seemed, back then, to be abhorrent. Too late I learned that the opposite is true. Discipline is in fact the pathway to freedom…. and to mastering the piano.