Marianne speaks about finally buying her own piano in the early 90's, and her daughter Zoe, about to graduate with a music composition degree, speaks about the piano's influence on her life.
"As a child I always wanted a piano - I couldn't understand that my parents couldn't afford it. But finally, when I was in my 30's, I finally bought one. I thought I was gonna take and give lessons, but I just ended up playing by ear mostly. But 4 years later my daughter Zoe was born, and she quickly fell in love with it.
I remember we had to hire a mover just for the piano, and I rode in his truck on the way to the new house. I remember the cab was really high up, and there was snow on the ground."
Zoe jumps in...
"I remember when I was still in diapers, I used to come and hang on the piano bench, and one time it flipped over - I had to go to the doctor. That was my first memory of the piano. But my dad would pick me up and set me on the bench, and although I initially just banged on the keys and screamed apparently I quickly started picking out individual keys.
I took piano lessons for awhile starting at age 4, but I never practiced so we stopped the lessons. But I stuck with music because the piano was in the house, it was a resource, I loved music, and I would try to figure things out by ear all the time. My dad's friend taught me "Heart and Soul" and I remember I got a sweatshirt that says "Heart and Soul" because of the song.
In Junior High I started playing piano a lot more, but it wasn't until High School that I thought about going to music school. I realized I wanted to be a composer, and now I'm 1 year away from completing my B.A. in Music Composition at the Manhattan Campus of Nyack College. I'm interested in writing pieces that come from musicals, because I love musicals and I love telling stories. I set my laptop up on the piano and compose by figuring out music on the piano and scoring on the laptop. So the piano continues to be really important to me!"