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Where words fail, music speaks

Where words fail, music speaks.” –Hans Christian Anderson

sheet music

Yamaha baby grand

I play piano every day.” –Sarah McLaughlin

… and I do too Sarah.

Yamaha baby grand, www.dianeschuller.com

The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colours in your mind.” –Maria Cristina Mena

piano foot peddle

©Diane M Schuller


I realize that some people reading my blog may not realize a wee ditty about me and the piano … ever since I was a little girl I wanted to play the piano. We were too poor for lessons, let alone to buy a piano. Then as an adult I was busy working full time and being a full time mom. So in retirement, at the age of 61, I bought a dusty, cob-web laden piano at an estate sale and began lessons. Late last year my husband decided to buy me a brand new piano since I play/practice every single day. So that’s the short story behind the piano.

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Susan - April 2, 2015 - 5:53 pm

oh I just love this post. beautiful images and words so true!

Andi - April 3, 2015 - 8:13 am

You are one talented lady! How amazing to have the talent to play the piano. Beautiful!

Toffeeapple - April 3, 2015 - 11:03 am

Well done Diane, I have no musical leanings at all. Actually, being deaf is a real problem now so I rarely listen to any music.

Gabriele - April 5, 2015 - 7:35 am

Oh Diane, your pictures are fantastic. I just get wiggly inside knowing that we share this love of the piano together. I have a piano blog for my students. Would you consider letting me use one of your images?

Shirley LeMay - April 6, 2015 - 10:10 am

It is never too late to pursue your passion. I love the story behind your piano. Have a great day!

kate - April 7, 2015 - 6:40 am


of your post & pictures, this is one of my favorite….both for pictures and word



Alina - April 8, 2015 - 10:04 am

You are so talented! It seems that everything you touch turns into a beauty… I love these pictures so much, they clearly show love for music!

Candace - April 10, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Those are so beautiful, Diane. I used to want to play when I was little, too, and never did. I don’t think I would have the patience now to learn but I think pianos themselves are really beautiful to look at and wish we had one…not really room for one, though.

Lisa Gordon - April 15, 2015 - 4:53 pm

What a beautiful post this is, Diane, and you are truly amazing! xo.