Old Souls: Jazz Pianist Jaime Cullum and the Brontë Family Piano

Jamie Cullum with the Bronte Piano

Jamie Cullum with the Bronte Piano

I am a total softie. Or perhaps I am impressed by things that should not impress more often than not. This coming from a woman who loves writing with a fountain pen and would seal every single missive she writes with a bit of sealing wax (if she had sticks of wax with her…and a proper seal), stamped with an impressive platinum seal, which she wears on her finger, as she pulls a dainty pocket watch from her smart waistcoat.

Ha.

In Haworth, West Yorkshire, one of my favorite jazz musicians, Jamie Cullum, was allowed to play the family piano of the Brontës, in a house where literary greatness festered in the presence of nurtured learning and music. As a part of his Piano Pilgrimage series, Cullum had the honor of playing the piano for his radio tour.

With technology taking people to new places, I always enjoy hearing about how old technology was an impressive feat and something to definitely be reckoned with. I believe in striving to surpass the boundaries but I also encourage looking at your roots. Standing on the shoulders of giants means looking at the giants once in a while.

There is a certain beauty in reaching out into the past. About cradling it in your hands and watching it breathe. It is the whisper of voices from ages gone by, telling a story to anyone who would care to listen.

I am listening.

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