Today I had the fortune and pleasure to stumble up the San Francisco Flower Piano event. It's in its third year, and included with admission to the gardens as a way to deepen our appreciation of nature, music and creativity.
As I walked around I heard the sweet serenade of a piano drifting out from behind some towering plants. I was in the Garden of Fragrance. There was something about hearing the piano, and not knowing who was playing or what to expect, that it made it a bit exciting.
I came around the corner, and there was a woman filling the air with her musical gifts. All around the wind was gently blowing through the trees, harmonizing her music with the music of nature. It was serene, peaceful, uplifting and soul nourishing.
I stayed for the next players, which was a true gift. It turned out to be a couple, with a girl on the piano and the boyfriend on the cello. I could not believe my luck to see these two people here, almost giving a private concert to the few gathered around, as we all drifted with the music.
It felt as if we were in our own little, magical world, filled with beautiful music and exquisite scenery. When the music stopped I felt our world open back up, and I took a moment to breathe and say thank you for the gift I had just received.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden will be hosting Flower Piano for 6 more days. There are 12 pianos in total, and anyone can play! You are allowed 15 minutes to tickle the keys, whether you're a professional or its your first time sitting down to play.