My Los Angeles mission was not quite complete with last weekend’s concerts. The past couple of days were spent leisurely decorating a piano for the public art project Play Me I’m Yours, which New Yorkers might remember from this past summer. The idea is that a whole fleet of pianos are placed at various public junctures throughout a city, each having been decorated in some more-or-less haphazard way, and any passersby can sit down and play.
I’m not much of a representational painter so I decided to make my piano into a more ‘conceptual piece’ (I can’t believe I’m saying this) titled How to play Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ Sonata. The piano is covered with a litany of instructional comments suggestive of a particularly sadistic piano teacher. Most of the pianos I saw in New York were done up in a more feel-good manner (in the spirit of the overall “Play me, I’m yours” mentality) so I thought it would be funny to contribute something slightly off-putting, almost daring you to play.