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Tuned

Five for Fighting’s Official Piano Tuner comes over to make the piano melodious so Mikey can bang out his Elton John repertoire. Way back when, Mikey wrote and performed in a band who was ultimately signed to Atlantic Records and then dropped after the Dave Matthews Band explosion. It seems as if a lot of people are impressed by piano ownership, as if that makes one grounded. I think Mikey’s piano was salvaged from a collapsed theater. When Dr. Bertie is in town, he bangs out jazz standards and sings made-up songs thematically appropriate for Dr. Who.

In my younger days I would hide in my fortress under the baby grand for a great knees-eye view of bourgeois living. Grampa crunched long mathematical formulas with his enormous electrical calculator. Gummy baked cookies. Granny mixed test tube potions. Ma made dinner and set the table. Pa read the newspaper. The Machine plotted my demise. Shasta and Bruno growled and chased each other around the house. I never did believe that they were only “playing” and would cry when this happened.

The baby grand was willed to Gummy who collected it upon finding a residence more suitable than her Baltimore long box. Another piano, an upright, lived in the basement but I think that one was ultimately sold. Nobody really cared because it had too many broken strings to play and only gave joy to the family of mice living in its guts.

UPDATE: Mikey’s piano comes from Cybil Shepherd’s garage.

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