Day 264 & 265/365 : The Piano and My Soul Sister

September 22, 2011: Day 264- The Piano

When people talk about piano history, they usually say that the piano originated around the year 1700 in Florence, Italy. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany, a central region of Italy, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

In 1709, the “pianoforte” was first revealed as the invention of an Italian harpsichord maker named Bartolomeo Cristofori. Cristofori based his new design on the wooden frame of a harpsichord and implemented a unique keyboarding mechanism that was similar to that of a clavichord. Since its inception, the instrument we know today as the piano has had many innovators over the past 300 years who have shaped its functionality, appearance and sound.

Piano history was also shaped by the world’s first stringed instrument, the harp. Encouraged by the harmonic plucking sound of a hunter’s bow and arrow, the harp was born way before the days of early antiquity. In fact, its been around so long that it has even been mentioned in the Book of Genesis in the Bible

The Piano Key Layout

The modern piano keyboard was first established during the 13th century of Medieval Europe. It is made up of twelve basic notes that repeat in a black and white pattern across a layout of 88 wooden keys. Although this enduring image has become synonymous with the word “piano”, it was actually the preceding ancestors of the pianoforte that were first to bear this basic design.

However, there was a time when the piano note chart was still in its infancy and quite unrecognizable by today’s standards. A distant era during the history of the piano where the black notes had not yet been implemented, and the piano key layout consisted of only seven basic notes. During the first half of the middle ages, early keyboard players were still trying to figure out how many musical notes there were to play. Ultimately, it took more than 2000 years of piano history before the “pianoforte” finally became what it is today.

Day 263/365: The Piano

September 23, 2011: Day 265 – Soul Sister

Day 264/365: Soul Sister

Cheers to decades of Friendship! This song is for you Cyn!

When you’re down and troubled
and you need a helping hand,
and nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
all you got to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you
should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud now
and soon I’ll be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
all you got to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Oh babe, don’t you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.

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