Two Berklee music students sat on Boylston Street at a piano “just playing around” with Mary Had a Little Lamb, which easily transitioned into a performance of their original song Happen to Know. Natalie Duffy and Andrew Seltzer, both singer/songwriter majors, spent their free periods from music classes playing more music at this street piano.
An elderly man playing on the Jungle Book themed piano in Copley Square seems to live by the notion that “people can do wonderful things”. Ed Ayoub shared that he has always been a composer and “prefers to have people who can really play”. While he doesn’t think of himself as someone who can play, the street pianos are irresistible because they “have a lot better weight and tone”.
For the past month colorful pianos have ornamented the streets of Boston and its suburbs. These pianos have not only surrendered their artistry to any willing pianist, professional or experimental, but have also enchanted each passerby with spontaneous melodies. Not to far from our campus I came across my first street piano in the lobby of Mary Eddy Barker Library on Mass Ave. While no one sat fiddling its keys, the design was something to see in itself. Decorated by Sally Wilson, this feathered instrument suits the libraries chic environment. As I traveled from piano to piano each had a character that reflected its location. Decorated in renaissance imitation a piano sits out or the Architectural school, while a piano covered in ying-yangs and 70s-esque drawings sits in nature amoung the trees of the common.
Reflective of 70s love movement, Denise and Tanya , complete strangers before the Boston Common piano, sat down together to learn a song. “Play me, I’m yours.” speaks universally, and has been a catalyst in bringing Bostonians and visitors together.