Snooping Around #1: Street Piano

I’ve been spotting and snapping some interesting things on my travels about town, so I decided it would be fun to share them with you. First up is the street piano! (Yes, you do indeed spot a number one there. I’m hoping – note I say hoping – that there will be more to come, but only time can tell. Let me know your thoughts.)

snooping around

Every so often, I take the train into the City for my choir, and at one of the stations there’s a piano. I never have enough time to play it – yep, I’m one of those people who always gets there just in the nick of time – but I really wish that I could. I’ve resolved that someday I’m going to learn a beautiful piece so that I can play it in the station, just as others have done from me. There isn’t always people there during rush hour, but at weekends it’s pretty busy; the great thing is that it’s often normal people just stopping by and having some fun with music.

And maybe I could even sing. My friends once gave an impromptu rendition of Lorde’s Royals on the tube and it was amazing. It’s hard to explain the thrillย of watching someone make beautiful music out of nothing. (Take Lauren Aquilina’s cover of Stay With Me in St. Pancras station. Awesomeness.) I was too embarrassed to join in with my friends at the time, but I wish I had.

But back to the street piano. Aย sign above the piano informs the reader that this is London’s longest surviving street piano (it’s two years old) and is part of a worldwide project called Play Me, I’m Yours by the British artist Luke Jerram. You can view the website here – who knows, maybe there’s one near you?

Credits: videos found via Street Pianos website, map background in the public domain due to the expiration of its copyright. (I feel so weird doing this. But hey.)

Oh, and one more thing: Deep Blues and Sea Foam Greens has gone private. I hope everything’s okay in there!

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10 thoughts on “Snooping Around #1: Street Piano

  1. Unfortunately, we don’t have train stations where I live. But a street piano…that’s so cool!
    By the way, that guy IS amazing!

  2. Oh wow, street pianos sound awesome. Our train stations are all spick and span, and while it’s technically a good thing, it really doesn’t have its own flavour like Paris or New York or London. Thanks for sharing this post!

    • I haven’t used much public transport outside of Britain, so I don’t really know what it’s like. I think I see what you mean, though – but our stations can get quite grimy!

  3. This is so cool! I’ve never seen pianos at train stations where I live but this is awesome. I lived in London for two years but never found out about this?
    …Aw, now I really really wish I had. Though I don’t know anything about the piano (I play guitar) it would have been amazing to watch ๐Ÿ™‚
    Royals is SUCH a good song! It’ll never get old <#

    • ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Despite the website’s insistence otherwise, I haven’t actually seen any other street pianos around. They seem to require quite a bit of hunting down…?

      This is like, the sole reason I wish I could play piano well. (That and my desire to play soundtracks.) But guitar is great! I’ve always thought it would be fun to play – I mean, it’s less of a community instrument than a clarinet. If you know what I mean. (This isn’t making much sense.)

      Royals is just AWESOMENESS. I have never come across <# before but I guess I have now! ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Oh my god, STREET PIANOS ARE A THING. I want I want I want I WANT. And of course, I need to know – are you planning on posting a video for us if you ever do end up playing it? Because I would love to see that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • They are a THING! It hadn’t really occurred to me, but I think if I ever do play on one that would be really nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d better get practising! (It will only take me a year or so ๐Ÿ˜)

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