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I had remembered hearing about a study that concluded infants remembered or responded to books read to them in the womb.  Whenever I was trying to find that study online, I came across a similar study done regarding melodies heard in the womb.   Here is the link for those who are interested:


It has inspired me to rev up my playing in the last trimester in hope that I can somehow calm our baby by merely playing the same songs he heard in his previous womb life.  Ill be a mix of the dog whisperer and the pied piper (whoa, I did NOT know the whole story of the pied piper! I will not being harming any children with my magical piano playing).

Anyway.  Playing piano in the evening is more stimulating than reading myself children’s book.  So hopefully the kid likes it.

Brahms Walt in A-flat Major:

Mendelssohn Venetian Boat Song No 2:

Chopin Prelude in C-Minor:

Most of these songs are slow and relaxing.  I also occasionally play more upbeat pieces, but I dont foresee playing these pieces in order to calm a fussy baby.  This doesnt exactly make you want to go to sleep, right?

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What I’m Playing (1)

This is what I’ve been playing these days.  Though admittedly, not very well.



I remember my sister playing this song first in high school and I fell in love with it.  I finally learned it, too, but over time, forgot it along with the rest of my repertoire.  When I was home in July, I stole a bunch of my old books knowing that I wanted to buy a piano soon.  And this piece was what I kept remembering and was so excited to play again when I finally made the purchase.  So I buy the piano and ruffle through all my books trying to find this piece.  Couldn’t find it.  Turns out it was in one of the books still in Bloomington.  Luckily, I have a wonderful mother who sifted through all the old music we had and mailed it to me right away (Thanks, Mom!).  So here I am, 3 months later, still trying to play a piece that I played almost 10 years ago.  Its getting there!



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