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Tuned to the Same Pitch

God blessed my childhood years with the melodies of piano music, filling the rooms of our home. I was fortunate to have a mother who was both a pianist and a patient and a kind piano teacher. An upright piano and a Steinway piano graced our living room, and piano students arrived after school hours, five days a week, for their lessons. My older brother had no interest in music, and so my mother set her all of her musical legacy hopes on me. She sensed that I had natural, inborn aptitude. I began taking piano lessons from her when I was eight years old. Though I had a fair amount of musical talent, my piano career was choppy, undisciplined, and short-lived— lasting only five years. As a teenager, my interest further waned, and I became increasingly restless to forge my uniqueness. I convinced my disappointed mother that I should quit piano lessons altogether.

I thought I should be outdoors playing touch football in the street with my friends. I built tree forts and rode my very cool red Schwinn bike(accessorized with a long banana seat and blindingly shiny chrome Sissy bars). Boy, am I ever dating myself! She patiently counseled me that I would forever regret that decision, and four decades later, those words of motherly “prophecy” and wisdom echo often in my mind. She was right (and as I look back over the years, she was mostly right about everything)!

I remember vividly that my mother had a friend who was a blind musician. He was a remarkably gifted man who came to our home twice a year to tune both of our pianos. His perfect pitch gained him high respect, and he needed no other instruments but his ears to know how to adjust our pianos. My mother, (along with many other pianists), sang his praises. He testified that it was “because of his blindness” that his sense of hearing was incredible, giving him a rare, even desirable musical gift. His blindness propelled him to hone his sense of hearing, evolving into local fame and a busy career. My mother swore that he was the best piano tuner in the nation, and she was proud to call him her friend.

Due to being around pianos throughout my entire adolescence, it felt natural for me to apply for a job (during the summers of my college years) working at a piano shop. The small, privately-owned company tuned and restored old pianos. It was a good fit for me, and my mother’s genes showed up! Most of the work demanded a tremendous amount of patience, involving countless hours of tedious repetition and a delicate hand. Whether it was replacing the ivories on the keys or replacing the hammers that hit the strings, everything was done in the same way at least 88 times(the number of keys on a piano). I loved doing the work because I learned that once I began the process and had an experienced feel for it, it became almost mindless work. My natural knack for the technical handiwork kicked-in and I was “in the zone.” My job became fun for me. After initially adjusting the first few keys, I could let my hands busily work. Simultaneously, my mind was free, and my handiwork still is done with good speed and accuracy. Over time, I was able just to let my hands and instincts do the work, while I could keep my mind in meditation and memorization of the Scriptures, which I enjoy.

Each set of individual strings has its pitch, its ring, its tension. Even though each string is unique, it can never function on its own. Collective harmony and fine-tuning depend on each other for success. All of the 230 strings and 88 notes are needed to make this instrument viable.

What would it matter if you are a concert pianist or a clumsy, six-year-old piano student piano if you play piano where even a few notes are out of tune? The dissonance would be loud and clear. Even the genius of Beethoven or Mozart would be disdained and scorned!

This is an example of someone who goes into his/her DEX account, deciding to trade some Compumatrix assets for low prices! That person is totally out of harmony with the mission and guidelines that all the other members follow. The disaccord makes for deviant tunes. He or she is positively not thinking about how their decision will affect the others as a whole. One out-of-tune key mars the music being played beautifully by the rest of the tuned keys. It takes just one of those few rogue individuals—out of agreement with the rest—to affect the overall prosperity. It would bring us all down, which is why I am thankful that the new CDAP will safeguard against much of that.

As in a large orchestra, each instrument must tune itself o only one standard or one pitchfork. Let’s encourage each other to follow the guidelines advised, and yield to the instructions and counsel passed down to us from the BOD and Leadership.

We need to ask ourselves, have we done everything that BOD has required of us?

Do I have at least 1 BLINC TOKEN in your DEX account? Do I have at least 1 VERVE TOKEN, 1000 BPSCX,1 Compumatrix Token, and 1000 CUSD? Have I signed into my CDAP account, and have I activated CDAP Bitcoin Wallet with at least 0.002 BTC? Am I verified on CDAP with a valid ID? Did I buy at least one bundle(highly recommended)? Did I Deposit at least 0.001 BTC on Compumatrix DEX, and do I have some Inventory in your CDAP account? Have I set up a voting proxy to Compumatrix in my DEX account and finished my KYC for Tradeceeds?

I also ask myself, “What can I do at this time to keep myself in tune in my business connectedness”? What can I do today to sharpen the tools I already have in my know-how?” I desire to be a reliable connection and wise player in our Compumatrix “concerto.”

Few of us will have all the proficiencies needed to “tinkle the ivories” in the new out-workings of this exciting crypto-universe. Still, just like the blind man who developed his marvelous sense of hearing in compensation for what he lacked in eyesight, we too will generate new business “senses” that will compensate for any temporary growth development. Just stay together. Stay engaged. Stay united. Stay in tune with what is asked by our admin. You have a particular skill set, and all of us need your note!

Your “key” (tuned with the same Compumatrix pitchfork as my key) is about to make harmonious and beautiful sounds of success and prosperity!

About the author

Jeff is a Compumatrix member and contributor who truly enjoys researching and learning about all things crypto. He believes that digital assets are the future of money.


  1. Jeff, I think many people are going to envy you after reading your blog. What a gift your mother taught you to play the piano, even if you left the musical part of it, you went on to become a skilled technician at fine-tuning pianos. Like many kids, we rather be playing outside than sitting down and learning to play an instrument. I had the opportunity to learn to play the guitar, but my mind was also into other things and after 8 months I quit for good and left the guitar only as a decor item. The harmony with the piano keys has to be perfect and the analogy to the trading in the DEX can ruin it for all. We must all work together to provide the conditions for synchronizing the parts involved.

    1. Thanks for commenting Steven. One of the parts to my life story that I left out, was that when I was 17 years old, I met the Lord and he at that time put a new song in my heart. I picked up the guitar at that time, and ALL of that musical background that I learned beginning at age 8 came in so handy and fit like a glove. So it was not all for waste. I have been playing guitar ever since and am in my 50’s.

  2. What a great analogy you make with the harmony of piano keys and our need to have this in syntony at Compumatrix, to make it work as it must, as we want it to, as we have been expecting for so long it will be for us all?

  3. Jeff your “piano” story brings back memories. My mother too played the piano. I took lessons, but panicked at recitals. I still only like to play for my own enjoyment. ‘While in college, I married a minister (most minister’s wives play the piano.) After college we were asked to come and minister at a church in California, I told my husband, “PLEASE don’t tell them I play the piano!” 5 minutes after we walked into that church, a deacon walked up to me and said, “mam, do you play the piano? Oh, how I wanted to say “no” but how could I? They voted us in as their pastors and I was on the piano every Sunday am and pm for the next 3 years. I’m still scared to death to play in front of an audience, but, I’m glad I Iearned how as a child.

    1. Loved your story Judy. I got so nervous at those pesky recitals I could have almost died. I would have given anything just to get out of them. My mother in fact just like you ended up playing the organ and piano every week at our church. So she had to be there regardless rain or shine. This forces my brother and I to have to go and not be left along on a Sunday. I thank God for the constant exposure to church at that age.

  4. I sense a lot of wisdom in your blog, my friend, the simple instructions we belittle, with time it does cost us, our parents can see the other side of the mountain, their skills, and experience with life helps us to shape our destiny, the application is natural, we become dependable to help others in the same path of life. this reminder is important. thank you, Jeff.

  5. I guess the proof of the pudding will be revealed when the portal opens We may then be able to understand more about how to proceed nad indeed whether we have all the required pieces in place. Being pretty dumb musically I envy those that have the talent needed. My mother in law would still play the piano at family christmas get tohethers well in to her 80s. Looking forward to the next few weeks to see it all unfold.

  6. Good music is a blessing most enjoy. I think the spread of genres is a good thing although i positively dislike a lot of it. The music (loosely termed) that makes people head bang and continually jig about makes wonder about their future health and i wonder how those that continually wear headphones to listen to music are missing out on lifes outdoor experience.
    Perhaps when all is open they will see te benefit in becoming part of the community rather than closeted behind earpieces.

  7. Nice to know about your childhood story,the pianist’s mind is always creative.
    All the strings of the piano are connected by a key,in the same way, we have to follow all their commands in order to connect with compumatrix, which I think will get better in time,Thank you Jeff.

  8. great stuff again JP — I also know that Schwinn bike and the Chrome and banana seat — touch football on asphalt was more like tackle when it was all said and done lol but hey love the sound of perfectly tuned Piano but you do not want me pushing any of the keys — oh my gosh — yeppers that bad — and agree in the overall analogy of Compu n tuned piano — time will tell whole truth but hope springs eternal —

    1. How did you know RJH ?? We did some crazy stuff as kids, like those touch games on the pavement that quickly turned to tackle. We just thought we were all indestructible as kids did we not ? We used to ride bikes and set up ramps to jump our bikes over crates and stupidly enough sometimes over each other. Those were the days of Evil Knievel. Whoops. Dating myself big time !

  9. Thank you for great and inspiring story Jeffrey. It brings back a lot of memories about my childhood. My father bought me a piano and hired a good teacher who taught me how to play this beautiful instrument. Although I don’t play so much anymore I am forever grateful to him to have opened my eyes and ears for the beauty of music.

  10. This blog resonates very nicely for me. I was fortunate to be graced with perfect pitch, although this many years along I sometimes question how accurate I still am. Music, in whatever form pleases you most is, to my mind, a vital part of life. Soothing, invigorating, emotive, releasing, but only when the instruments are tuned and harmonious. We all have much to work on to ensure that our foundling business stays harmonious and tuned.

    1. Well Andrew. You are the first person I have met that truly does have perfect pitch. I have heard about people with perfect pitch for years but never quite knew how exceptional it was. If we couldn’t get the pitch right while tuning pianos, thankfully we have a machine that could guide us all the time accurately to the right pitch. Sadly I began relying on the machine more than honing my skill.

  11. What a beautiful read & analogy, Jeff. I’m one of those who stopped piano lessons at a young age, also. Although I didn’t profess any particular talent for the piano, I DO regret the teenage move! These days, I simply let the musicians do their magic and I listen. I’m so glad you found the guitar and your calling.

  12. Yes Jeff, how I wish I would have lived closer to your mother and been able to take piano lessons from her – it is something I always wanted to do, and when I listened to my friends complain how they had to take lessons, I was so envious! Now I love to listen to music and artists show their talents and support them, as I too will support Compumatrix as you pointed out in your analogy.

  13. Jeffery, this is a fantastic comparison to our Compumatrix Company and the community of people associated. I have always wanted to play the piano, but it was a no go for me, I can’t carry a tune either. Love to listen to wonderful music when it flows and blends with other instruments. Music is soothing and a blessing. I am thankful that our applying our capabilities toward our businesses with Compumatrix will work and I will gladly practice every day.

  14. My mother, also a piano player, had a similar lack of success encouraging me to play. Actually my dad encouraged me as well. But I had no interest as a child. I did learn an instrument eventually, as a young adult – the drums. I’m still playing.

    I love your metaphor with regards to the “orchestra” of Compumatrix members in tune with each other, or not (going rogue like so many bum notes, out of tune). It seems we have learned as a company, that this “hole” in our strategy is not sustainable, thus the upcoming “one stop shop” of the CDAP.

    1. Your parents Peter must have seen that you had musical talent in you. It just had to be expressed in another way. My brother went on to play the drums while I stayed with the piano for 5 years. My brother in law has drummed for our church for about 35 years as I can remember. He let me try and play his set once. Even though I have great rhythm. I couldn’t get the hang of the drum set at all. I have a lot of respect for you.

  15. I was an alto saxophone man also I played the violin all in school I regret not keeping up with it as well. I have always wanted to learn the piano and the electric guitar it is not too late and it is still on my bucket list. I like the way you made the reminder list just in case someone missed something it is good to have that on a blog and be tuned up to date.

  16. What a delightful story about your life with pianos – very fascinating! It’s a wonderful experience you had learning through fixing pianos, and evidently you’ve made it synonymous with your business life, as well! I really feel the same way – being finely in- tune with the entire company and it’s members is not only very important to the whole, but satisfying on a personal level.

  17. As I read your blog, my mind went back to my childhood filled with music. My Mom also played piano and taught a few outside students. My four siblings and I played piano with varying degrees of success. My second brother and my sister being the most accomplished. I loved hearing Mom play on the accordion. Trumpets, trombones and a baritone were also played in our family. Being in tune and gaining skills on our instruments made all the difference of either enjoying the music or plugging our ears. What a great idea to compare music making to needing to work together to attain success for us all.

    1. Its interesting that you mentioned trombones Marion. My growing up we always had two trombones in their cases tucked away in the closet. My Dad brought them back from when he was in the Navy. The only time we ever pulled them out was New Years Eve when we would go outside at midnight and blow till we were blue in the face. Sad that that’s all the use we ever got out of them.

  18. Hi Jeffery.
    I loved your story about your musical career, and how it all started. Your mom was so lucky to get a piano tuner to keep your Steinway piano in perfect pitch, and to be administered by a blind musician – what a gift!
    I started playing the piano myself at four years of age, luckily as years went by, I discovered that I had perfect pitch also!
    I found it interesting that you tied this article with Compumatrix as we all have to be connected and wise players in this “concerto”

  19. Hopefully you still play Ken ? Music adds an amazing dimension to all of our lives. One sad part about my personally story is that when I was around age 11 my mom came down with Multiple Sclerosis and slowly her ability to play piano was taken away from her by the disease. He always thanked God though for the years she was able to do it. I do too !

  20. Hi Jeffery.
    I was saddened to hear about your mum’s condition when you were that age, well at least you got the foundation of learning to play correctly.
    Yes, I am currently performing at different functions all over the west coast of Fl. But unfortunately COVID-19 has put me out of business since March. – SAD!
    You can check me out on my web site.
    Thank you for your reply.
    Best regards, Ken.

  21. I like your way of comparing Compumatrix with an orchestra and I hope to use CDAP to learn more about the assets I have and to use them to create more “harmony” among Compumatrix “orchestra members”. Thanks for the reminder list which makes it easier to check that I have everything in order.

  22. Hi Jeffrey, what a great analogy between the orchestra and Compumatrix! It is my hope that all the players in Compumatrix’s orchestra are able to play “in tune” and “in tempo” with each other and put the world in awe with our wonderful “music” (business).

  23. Your story about piano lessons brought back memories for me too. I remember wanting badly to learn to play the piano as a child, but was not able to because my parents could not afford to buy one for me. As an alternative, I was encouraged to learn to play a violin which gave me a chance to acquire a musical background which helped me with securing my first job in a primary school setting for many years and a love for singing in a choir for over 40 years.

    1. Wow Leonilla. My hat is off to you for sure. After learning the piano when I was little and taking up the guitar when I was a teenager, I then ventured into trying to play the violin. Since there is no frets on the violin, everything is left to feel, intuition, and experience. I just could not get the hang of it, and I am sure my neighbors were glad when I finally gave up trying. LOL

  24. after reading a few of the other blog postings again –it just amazes me — how so many of these great postings literally are tied together not in there writings and time but when you look past the top part and put so much of the underlying into the read — so much in Compu world and cyber world also fit so nicely and add the Crypto world into it — and with time and effort to learn — it is fascinating at least to me —

  25. I learnt piano when I was a child, but sadly did not continue with it in my teens. I can remember a few tunes to play on the piano but sadly lacking in any finesse. I wish now later in life, I had kept at it and not given up. In life we have to fine tune things at various times, whether it is personal or business and learn from it.

    1. You sound just like me Helen. I still hear the words of my mother ringing in my ears when she told me that I definitely would regret giving up on that. She was totally right. There are so many things in life we would have gone back and done differently I am sure. I am amazed at these parents these days who see some musical potential in their child and will start them off on something even as little as 2 years old. The ones that still to it are the ones we all admire in the end.

  26. You were very lucky to have your highly talented mother playing the piano, but not everyone is that much motivated like your mother. It is a gift for sure. I never played any instrument, my childhood was outside playing, sports whenever I could.
    I love the comparison with our Compumatrix business being in tune with each other and pretty soon the final notes will be revealed to all of us. The one-stop place will be the reward for the many changes the company had to make over the years.

  27. This was music to my ears. My mother was a concert pianist and I grew up listening to her practice. Unfortunately her talents never rubbed off on me or my sisters. Thanks to my wife I am in harmony with all the CDAP requirements but I hope to soon be able to tune into my own version of Compumatrix and write my own CDAP opus!

  28. Jeff, I love your piano blog. Thank you for sharing your piano background. I started taking piano lessons 2 years ago from my neighbor who teaches children. It took my 6 months to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star without looking at sheet music and I felt like a rock star! Because my daughter is a junior at college as a music major and soprano opera singer, she left the piano at home for me to learn about her world. Even if I play 5 minutes a day, I benefit from the reward of taking the effort to play. The same for Compumatrix, I have been discipline to check off every task on our list, as it benefits myself and the members of Compumatrix.

  29. Jeffrey, what a perfect analogy that many can relate to and understand. I have always loved the piano and actually took lessons when I was 26 years old. After a few lessons, Roy and I got a call from Catholic Social Services letting us know we were being blessed with our son, Chad. He was 12 days old and my world made a complete flip. The piano sounds were not his favorite or maybe I played so bad it made him cry. Needless to say, that ended my piano lessons. LOL

    1. Thank you Erline. That’s very interesting that your son Chad would not like the piano. I guess it can be kind of loud and the notes of the keys are very distinct and sharp. It’s not like the soothing sound of a cello or even the sound of a classic guitar with the nylon strings. You coudn’t have played that bad ? We need to blame it on the piano and not on you. LOL

  30. What do I know about the piano? Absolutely nothing. But I know that a well tuned-pitch piano akes a better sound than one not tuned.
    And listening to a melody played on a piano will either make you smile or your face to frown.
    Compumatrix is being tuned to its last key. Beautiful sound will be heard around the world.

  31. What do I know about the piano? Absolutely nothing. But I know that a well tuned-pitch piano makes a better sound than one not tuned.
    And listening to a melody played on a piano will either make you smile or your face to frown.
    Compumatrix is being tuned to its last key. Beautiful sound will be heard around the world.

  32. Thank you, Jeffrey, for the comment you made about respect for me for learning the drums. Learning as an adult is a whole different situation, as it doesn’t quite sink in as far as it does when one is learning as a child. But I continue to improve, about 35 years after I picked up the instrument. Like with many things, we never stop learning. And you are absolutely right, my parents saw musicianship in me, and it just needed to come out another way, beyond the piano.

  33. I always wanted to play the piano and took some classes when I was about 18 years old, but I managed to learn to play one one song; Red Roses For a Blue Lady, I used to play it over and over because I always messed up when I was half way and I got my brother so angry for listening to the tune. I love listening to piano whether classics or romantic music.

  34. That’s funny Aida about your brother. My brother too was a pest when it came to me practicing and making “noise” in the house with my playing when I was young. My mother wanted me to learn to sight read, but I have to let you in on a little secret. I had a quick memory for playing by ear, and after I would have her play the song a few times, I quickly memorized where her fingers would go and I acted like I was reading, but really wasn’t. The things we get away with as kids huh ?!

  35. Wonderful Jeffery, I too was brought up with music, someone on the piano, two siblings and violins, father on a mouth organ and myself and younger brother on guitar. Playing the guitar when young helped me to let go of stress and frustration and even though I still play the old songs. Tomorrow I go to see an elderly client of mine at her home and her favourite part of the session for her is when I play three songs on my 12 string guitar, it always leaves her smiling.

    1. How wonderful Inspired Insights ! You certainly have a full blown musical family. I love watching bands like the Annie Moses Band who are all family and all grew up playing music. It’s great that you are still using your music to touch and bless others, especially the elderly. We need more people like you these days that’s for sure !

  36. Jeffrey, your blog artfully shows the need for how important it is that all Compumatrix members are in sync with our company direction and requirements. Like a fine-tuned piano, it is so necessary and required that all of our members comply with the requirements that are often spelled out for us by our leadership. The countless hours volunteered by Gail, Erline, Henry other members like Kevin B., etc. give us the direction and instruction for the requirements needed from each Compumatrix member are what makes this company go. So, if we are all in tune when the CDAP comes to life, it will show just how disciplined we have become over the years. Let’s hope we have all made good use of our time.

  37. I like what you said William about the many hours “volunteered” by Gail and Erline and the staff. I know, that they are not getting anything for ALL the overtime they put in, day in and day out into the wee hours of the morning too. They just keep going on the satisfaction of what we are involved in and being able to help so many of us.

  38. Great article, Jeffrey. When I was young, my mom had a piano and she played for us too. I wanted so badly to be able to play the piano as well. Unfortunately, it turns out that of us four siblings, I was the only one who was not musically inclined. So I went on to admire my brothers as they all played in the high school band.
    As a member of Compumatrix, I have learned and continue to learn skills needed to be able to enjoy the benefits of using cryptocurrency. I hope to be able to learn more about trading so that I can help in stabilizing the value of our assets in the DEX.

    1. Thanks for sharing about your growing up around music Antonio. It’s interesting how there are whole families that are all musically inclined, and then you even have families where only one is musically inclined and all the rest are not. I guess since my mom and dad were both musically inclined, I got a few of those genes. My brother didn’t get any like you. God had different plans. He went on to be an all star athlete.

  39. thank you Jeff for the great blog, I grandma always played the piano or read the bible to us so lots of singing happening because we had seen that bible so much it was too much to be so perfect as a kid or at least I felt like I ad to be. As an adult I’m hard on myself or I was about decisions I had made. Wishing I was anywhere else. But I guess we have to trust in God to give us guidance especially when we feel alone.

  40. Thank you Tracy. My grandmother played the organ which is what my mom heard and learned on growing up. It’s amazing how many of us that have any kind of music ability always had a grandmother, grandfather, or parents that were involved in music. Apple doesn’t fall far from the free.

  41. Thanks for this blog, Jeffrey Phelps. When I was young, I was forced to play the piano, and later the organ in church. Unfortunately, I quit after a few years and regret not continuing. Thankfully, Compumatrix provides new tasks to perform and I can listen to beautiful music while performing them

  42. Interesting Inga that you were forced to play the piano and apparently ended up being good at it ? Enough to be able to play the organ in Church. You regret it as much as I do. I can still play by ear but only just to tinker around. My mom ended up being a concert pianist until Muscular Sclerosis took away her ability. No worries, though she is happily playing on a golden piano in Heaven now.

  43. reading thru the replies here to this great blog is so much fun seeing people go back and remember some of the stuff as children many went thru and then as older adults now wonder if we should have stayed the course ?? I know myself played sports as a kid til moved out of st louis as teen — did play a little organ with sheet music my Mom got us 4 kids back in the day — great memories —

  44. Very well said, Jeff. Lots of food for thought. In order for the business to flourish, every individual has a part to play. We must all be in tune with the same pitchfork! The art of specialization is another truth well brought out. If I can’t be good in everything, I can at least be very good at something. This gives me a huge advantage over someone who is a “Jack of all trades, master of none”.

    1. I love what you just said John. If I can’t be good in everything, I can at least be very good at something. This gives me a huge advantage over someone who is a “Jack of all trades, master of none”.I think people have an idea that they don’t have much to contribute so they just sit quiet. I believe we all play a part in this.

  45. It is common knowledge that while letting a piano get out of tune isn’t good for it, the harm done not irreparable. The piano will adjusts to the tension of its strings and settles to its new lower tension. But I get the idea behind the blog which is to say that we should make sure that we stay in tune with what is going on with Compumatrix and if we are out-of-tune, adjust accordingly.

    1. Excellent thoughts Sherri. It’s easier to sharpen an ax little by little, than to let it get super dull and have to use a lot of energy to get it sharp again. If all of us would just spend maybe 10 minutes a day keeping up with Compumatrix it would make all the difference whether we get left behind or not in the end.

  46. As I have hearing problems, I have been told by others that when I sing, I am out-of-tune, or off key. As a result I may get a mean look or two. My being out-of-tune while singing is not doing any harm to anyone. But when I compare someone being out-of-tune in carrying out the proper procedure for Compumatrix, then there may be harm that can be done to others.

    1. We are sorry to hear about your hearing issues Martin. But we know that you have developed strengths and skills in so many other areas because of your hearing loss. Just like the piano tuner.Not all of us have strengths in all areas and that is why we need each other to help one another out in the business.

  47. this is such a fun go back thru time read — and my oh my the memories of so many here in the replies — and my own when i am just idling thru parts of my day the fun of the past comes alive — Compu biz is a multi-year story and remembering back when we first started and where we are now and how far we have — it is also Fun — great reading JP keep sharing —

  48. Hello Jeff, what a gift your mother taught you to play the piano, even if you left the musical part of it, you went on to become a skilled technician at fine-tuning pianos. My mom wanted me to take piano lesson but kike many kids, I wanted to play and do other things instead of learning to play an instrument. The harmony with the piano keys has to be perfect and the analogy to the trading in the DEX can ruin it for all. We must all work together to provide the conditions for synchronizing the parts involved.

    1. Good point Paula about the harmony of trading in the DEX. I guess as we should just leave the tuning of the piano to the expert piano tuner, we should also leave the trading in the DEX to the experts. I am thankful for the VA program that is on the way. We will even learn about it tomorrow in the meeting. I am really looking forward to the days ahead.

  49. What a wonderful and perfect analogy, Jeff, thank you for your post. When I was 5, my mother bought an old walnut upright piano at auction so that my older sister could learn to play. Mum began to teach her the first 9 notes of Beethoven’s Fur Elise, and from the moment I heard those notes it was like a light bulb switched on inside me and I was desperate to learn to play. I had to wait another 3 years before I was allowed lessons. After my first lesson, I remember as if it was yesterday – running back home across the field behind my teacher’s house, waving my brand new book in the air with pride, excitement and joy as I saw my mother walking towards me in the distance. I still play today, still love Beethoven – and still keep that beloved first book!

  50. Wow Luisabeau. What a great story and a great picture of the joy of a little kid discovering new things for the first time. It looks like your love of music has stayed with you all these years. How wonderful. How proud your mother must have been of you !

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