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Romance by Jean Sibelius (Virtual Piano Concert)

Here’s the third song in the series of COVID concerts that’s only 20 years older than my 1924 Chicago Cable Company piano: Romance by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. I like the song because it sounds like a dialogue between two people courting each other. You can listen to it with your eyes closed and imagine the attraction, tension, climax, and reconciliation all within this five-minute piece.

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I have yet to play it perfectly, but this is the closest I’ve gotten so far. The goal is to eventually get mistakes down to zero, but that may take a while considering the amount of practice I get is closer to that of a reluctant nine-year-old whose parents are making him play than the second coming of Beethoven.

Felix Wong playing a cover of Jim Brickman's "All I Ever Wanted."
Felix Wong playing a cover of Jim Brickman's "All I Ever Wanted."