I was playing the piano the other day when my daughter-in-law Lisa walked in the room and sat down as if to listen. I was shocked. No one ever does that. The last time I can remember, this happened several years ago when my daughter Natalie came in while I was playing. She started leafing through my music books looking for something to sing with me. I think her kids demanded her attention before she found something. I played songs for the next half hour or so but she didn't return.
It puzzles me. If I see someone in a room reading and I'd like to talk with him, I'll interrupt his reading, if only long enough to ask if he had time to talk with me. Someone working on a puzzle, likewise. Cooking, changing a tire, painting, etc. I can't think of many situations prohibiting interruption. Is this a social prohibition? Or is it me? If so, I must scare people away, no one wants to talk with me, or no one wants to listen to my music. Or they can hear my music in the other room and that is sufficient, thank you.
It was fun to talk with Lisa about the music I was playing, a "new to me" book that consisted mainly of songs 50 to 75 years old. Some I could play, others I could peck out the melody, and still others I could sing the song. Steven joined us and our conversation expanded with me and my piano continuing to be included.
I hope to not offend anyone with this post. I just want people to understand that this pianist at least enjoys playing to one or more people in a conversational mode. I also enjoy people huddling around the piano singing songs from musicals or old favorites.