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  • I first time I saw it - in the window of Jack Scully's Music shop - I just knew that I had to have it.

    Being tone deaf and not having one musical bone in my little 10 year old body was totally irrelevant. I could see myself... on a stage playing to the whole school or even moving between tables, late at night, in a Parisian café - as if - at ten, I might know what that might look like!

    I begged my parents to buy me this Blue Piano Accordion, but at £18 in 1967, I knew it would involve an awful lot of begging. Naturally, they suggested that I take lessons first and if there was a talent, then, maybe then, they would consider it.

    Lessons? I knew I was going to be a natural - I didn't need lessons! I just pestered them more and finally they caved in.

    When I finally got it, it was too heavy for me to lift, so I pestered my parents again to get me a trolly - like those shopping trolleys old ladies use for grocery shopping. I think I got more pleasure from wheeling it up and down our road than actually playing it. (I don't think I'm coming out too well in this little tale, but there you go.) Needless to say, a few months later I had little or no interest in playing my Blue Piano Accordion.

    Time moved on and after trying a few things I went to Art School as a mature student. One project we got was to take something from your childhood and to revisit it - explore it and try and work it into a piece of art. Of course I thought of my Blue Piano Accordion. I imagined people who might not want to, or might not be able to (more likely) play the piano accordion. I came up with a whole lot of situations but "Jesus on the Cross" was my favorite one.

    God only knows where these paintings are now - but I came across a rough sketch recently (see detail above) and it brought it all back. I still have my Blue Piano Accordion - so Mom it was money well spent after all.
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