About 3 months ago, I blogged about how excited I was with my new electric piano. Before I could think about playing, I needed to find a place in the house to set up my instrument. Because I figured I would practice a lot while my children were sleeping, I knew the basement was my only choice.
We have an unfinished basement where we keep our treadmill and pool table. Over the years, as we cleared a couple of sections of the basement, this one particular area became the dumping ground for all sorts of crap. As I scoped around my basement, I knew with a bit of work, this space would make the perfect music studio. This area is right next to the pool table which would be the perfect place for a Saturday night jam session. I knew I had my work cut out for me. I was definitely up for the challenge.
Once we cleared out the space and swept the area, I realized this area was very gray and in desperate need of color. The indented wall was the perfect canvas to paint a mural. Because the only thing I ever was able to paint was the sun peaking over a horizon, I knew that would make the perfect backdrop for this space. During my childhood, I often created pictures of sunsets, using crayons, colored pencils, paint, or markers. I blended different colors together and no 2 pictures were alike.
My next step was to go shopping. I ended up hitting Job Lot for rugs and Wal-Mart for paint. I was very pleased to see how inexpensive the floor rugs were during this excursion ($40 each). I was also very happy with the variety of paint colors available. As I created the mural with my favorite music playing in the background, I was amazed how much I enjoyed the act of painting this wall. To see my “masterpiece” come together felt fantastic.
It has been about a month since I completed this music space. Since then, I have practiced my new piano almost daily. I am again amazed as to the therapeutic benefits of playing because I feel the stress leaving my body through my fingers as they hit the piano keys. So far, I figured out how to play “Terrapin Station” by the Grateful Dead by ear. It feels absolutely amazing to be playing again! I love that I am always in a better mood after a practice session.
Since most people who know me would not consider me a crafty person, I am very proud of the space I created for myself. It is like I turned the worst part of the house into a peaceful place. The best part is this entire project cost about $100. I love how my musical journey led me to creating art. I am so excited to pursue this hobby, because I think I found another great way to relieve stress.
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