Don't Shoot the Piano Player

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Since I played the piano during my high school and college years, I was asked by a close friend to select and play the wedding march for her sister's wedding. Though I had played for years, it was still a bit daunting. So I deliberately chose a softly romantic and uncomplicated piece, Gymnopedies No.1 by Erik Satie; I had played this piece by heart for ages and perfected all the notes and nuances. But on the wedding day, I played off-key. It was quite obvious, since Satie's music is all about lucid notes and chords, and there's no disguising a mistake. I was embarrassed after the performance, but luckily everyone's focus had moved onto the vows and reception afterwards. This definitely steered me off a career as a wedding musician—but I ended up being an art director of a fabulous wedding magazine.—Albert Toy, art director, Elegant Bride

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