It's always fun when your kids are young and your family sees them after a gap of a couple months. You've been there all along and so haven't noticed so much how much they've grown, but the grandparents do. It's like they've got in a time machine to the future or been in a coma for a year (or been stuck on the island of Lost--my wife and I finally finished the series, by the way).
So I've been keeping up, mostly, with the technology shifts. I don't have an iPad but it's on my list of things to buy in five years when the first wave of children in college is over. I've blogged for six years. I do Facebook. I twitter. I've self-published. I'm looking at our publishers as they contemplate translating things into Spanish and thinking, hey, give me Google translate and an editor to fix things I miss and I'll have some books done in a few weeks.
But I had one of those time warp things happen to me earlier in the week. I haven't hardly played any piano for twenty-five years (and truth be told, I never really did anyway). But I thought I might try to learn a line a week of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C Sharp Minor on Saturdays. So I was thinking about where I could buy some sheet music...
And then I realized all I needed to do was a Google search, which brought up http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=9130, and I printed the first page for tomorrow (maybe) using the wireless in my house to send it to the wireless copier, printer, scanner in my bedroom.
A quick look on YouTube and here is a pretty good view of the hands (and thankfully he plays slowly): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYQX-hjf3TY. And here's an audio of Rachmaninoff himself playing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXGSfJn3nKQ&feature=related.
How this planet has changed since I blasted off 25 years ago!