Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Magical Moment 503, "Pop Up Pianos"

I can't believe it, but it's been exactly one year since Eddie's and mine's adventure of the Play Me, I'm Yours pianos.

Last summer, our very first summer living just outside of New York York City, a charity organization called Sing for Hope placed 60 pianos all over the city. On a more or less "whim" I decided I wanted to play each one and drug my husband all over creation to help me complete the goal. 

We spent about a week exploring the outer boroughs of NYC for the first time, and discovering parts of Manhattan we would probably never see otherwise. It was quite a feeling of triumph when we crossed off the 60th piano from our list. Tired, exhausted, and hot, we now felt like true New Yorkers who had seen it all! 

Sing for Hope is repeating the program this summer, calling it Pop Up Pianos. As a Donor Artist for Sing for Hope, I had the honor of taking part in meetings to help plan the project. This time, there 88 rather than 60 pianos. Eddie and I won't be playing each one this year!

Here is a video from last summer taken at Greeley Square in Manhattan.
For all other 59 videos, click here!

Click here for more information on Sing for Hope and the Pop Up Pianos

**In answer to some of the questions, the pianos stay for 2 weeks. Each one has a "buddy" who covers and locks it at night. And yes, anyone can play them!


Robin Malherbe said...

Talk about commitment and patience! Well done...

texwisgirl said...

wow! that's a way to tour the city! do they cover them at night? how long did they stay around?

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow 88 or 60 pianos! That is a huge endeavor...Talented playing with activity around.

Deborah said...

Wow ... that's incredible!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever heard of!!!! I watched a few of your videos, love all the different pianos too. I clicked on the link and was trying to figure out if the Pianos are just sitting there waiting for ANYONE to play them??? At any time????
So, 60 was you limit??? Snicker snicker.

Linda said...

What an interesting concept that is, putting pianos all around town and letting people play them at will. You drew a little audience during your piece, and they seemed to be enjoying it. Nicely done.

Hilary said...

Funny I had just mentioned your blog to Daryl because she's been posting a few images of one of the pianos on her blog. I tried to find one of your outdoor piano posts and came up empty. Thanks for this timely post. I sent her the link.

This is one of Daryl's posts.


Daryl said...

Very cool .. last summer we had one in Times Square .. this past weekend I had a blast snapping pix of one on a pier along the Hudson near our apartment and have featured those snaps on my blog all week!