Tonight I stumbled onto something that filled me with awe and glee – pianos on Main Street. I’m not sure who is spearheading this effort – the Chamber of Commerce? The owners of various businesses? – but it’s beyond cool.
There are going to be several upright pianos installed on the sidewalk in downtown Littleton that are available for anyone to play. The first one was put in today. It’s painted in pretty colors with whimsical pictures and it’s secured to the sidewalk so that it can stay as a semi-permanent installation through the summer. Apparently it will be covered at night and in bad weather. Anyone can sit down and play it at any time. The guy I was talking with was saying he hopes that people will come downtown with their friends and bring a guitar or something else so they can jam together.
Tonight there was an open house at the businesses where the first piano is installed (for locals it’s in front of Emma & Co. and Smooch) and there were some guys there to play music. They’d brought a set of drums (which aren’t part of the installation! ) and were playing a lot of old jazz classics. It was so much fun!
I’m really excited to see what the rest of the pianos look like and where they’ll be installed. While I was there covering the businesses, there was someone there from the newspaper covering the pianos so I look forward to reading his article this weekend and finding out who has sponsored this.
This kind of thing makes me so happy – art just for the joy of it.