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The Piano Project

We got back into town yesterday to find a piano set up on the corner of Mount Vernon Avenue near Pat Miller Square (the Del Ray Farmer's Market lot). Love it! The piano — donated by Jennifer Sands Atkins and painted by George Washington Middle School art students — will be there for several weeks, for anyone to play. What a terrific addition to the neighborhood!

My musical son, Jon Morgan, immediately sat down last night and entertained Del Ray with some Chopin and Grieg. He played again this morning during the Farmer's Market (for those who like their tomatoes and peaches with a side of classical music) and again this evening, after his actual piano lesson.

He is not the only one to take advantage of the streetside piano. At the farmer's market this morning, I was working at the voter registration table, set up right next to the piano.

A college student who said he remembered only one song from his piano-lesson days sat down to play an excellent rendition of "The Entertainer." One guy played Fur Elise, with more heart than skill. Another performed a few measures of "Stairway to Heaven." And a woman stayed for some time, playing various hits of the 70s by James Taylor, the Beach Boys, and others, as well as a few older pieces. She even enlisted me to play the easy part of Chopsticks while she did the harmony. And a lot of kids stopped by just to bang on the keys, with big smiles on their faces.

The piano will remain on the corner through the Del Ray Music Festival on July 22, 2017. The Piano Project one of several interactive public art projects that have come to Del Ray in recent years.