I remember when my sister Francey started taking piano lessons – she was 8 years old. A few years later as a young teen, she had learned to play a few pieces which she was proud of. Our Mother had her sister over and asked Francey to play for them. She eagerly sat down. As she played, they began talking. Francey stood up – turned around – and said she would not continue if they were going to talk.
They stopped talking and Francey started the piece all over again. She remembers thinking she was not going to play background music, but rather music that deserved full attention.
Francey continued her piano studies through age 21. The last studies during that time were private with a teacher from Julliard (She did not attend Julliard). Other priorities came up in her life and she had to give her music up.
Fast-forward several decades to about 3 years ago when a friend asked her to play a Christmas carol for the upcoming holiday. She reluctantly accepted – she had been away from the piano for many years and would have to practice and learn the music all over again. She did quickly re-learn the carol and then started practicing with what little time she had while running two businesses. Many months later she was able to play a ‘mini’ recital for her neighbors of one song: Fantasie Impromptu by Chopin. Since that time she has re-learned the Khachaturian Toccata and others, and played for several groups in her home.
Here is Francey at the piano playing CLAIRE DE LUNE. Recorded just two weeks ago…Sept 18,2016.
“Claire De Lune” performed by Francey Petty – Duration: 4:18. Francey Petty