Steinway - the great international piano maker, will host its first annual piano competition today in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
My two younger sons will take part in this competition. While my two older sons played the violin en route to college, my two younger sons have shown an affiliation for the piano. As I've explicitly told my wife and my boys' piano instructor, I don't expect my sons to play at Royal Albert Hall or at Carnegie Hall. I got them into piano playing as a development tool for the other side of the brain that aids in mathematics and abstract thinking.
However, one day recently, my wife returned from our sons' piano lessons declaring that the boys should attend this Steinway competition suggested by their instructor. So, here we are on the first Saturday in March attending Steinway's inaugural Piano Competition in two different areas of the metro-region because of the age-grouping of our young sons.
First and foremost, I've insisted that my sons have fun and not ever appear robotic, for if that occurs, that would be the end of their piano playing stint under my watch.
So here's to fun at the Grand Steinway Pianos to my sons and to the other entrants.