Thursday, May 28, 2009
This vintage photo shows a costumed couple sitting down at a piano to entertain their impromptu audience with a duet (it appears to be in some kind of rehearsal space, or perhaps a classroom---note that the piano is on a dolly).
Now click on the video below to see the same couple, some sixty years later, still cracking up an audience with their duet shenanigans:
Marlow Cowan, the husband of the pair, is 90 years old; his wife, Frances (who is a classically trained pianist), is "almost 84". As you can tell from the photo, Marlow loves having fun at the piano, telling jokes, wearing funny hats, and making faces. When he tells a reporter "I really don't understand my piano playing," Frances immediately chimes in: "Neither do I. You just kind of bang around on it." They both came from musical families, and their children and grandchildren all love music, as well. You can read more about the couple, and watch another video of them, at this link. You can read the story of the Bösendorfer piano at the Mayo Clinic, and how the video came to be made, by following the links at this site.
Posted by A. S. Haley at 8:22 AM