This was actually the next-to-last "Play Me, I'm Yours" piano I had a chance to check out. (I stopped by on my way to Village Pointe on 9-6-2013, because I'd heard stories about said piano getting vandalized.)
The stories about vandalism putting this piano out of commission weren't true.
And, as a result, I went ahead and, as originally scheduled, made this next-to-last "PMIY" piano the absolute last one where I'd spend a significant amount of time.
I'm talking about the 1920s R.S. Howard upright installed at Florence Park.
It was Sunday, 9-8-2013, and I was fired up about coming back to a place where, two days earlier, I fired up "Bringing in the Sheaves" before driving out to the Omaha/Council Bluffs/Bellevue area's busiest shopping center.
This time, I'd walked into...a birthday party.
And several children had beaten me to this uniquely-painted piano (with two of those children actually producing sounds from the 88s).
I didn't mind at all.
In fact, I was excited to see Kishawn and McKenna show what they could do on an instrument transformed by Alicia Reyes-McNamara and her crew of youngsters.
I just took out my camera and started snapping pictures, then reached for my camcorder to come up with some video...all the while trying to blend in.
Eventually, I ended up meeting the whole gang: David, Kelley, Becca, LaToya (some of the adults), Halsey, Harmony, Anna, birthday boy David Jr., and of course, McKenna and Kishawn (among the kids).
One of the older members of the party wanted to know if I played...and eventually, I ended up doing "Happy Birthday."
How'd it go?