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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)

TITLE: Quarrel of the Piano Keys
By Verna Cole Mitchell
01/25/12


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The keys on the piano had a quarrel
About which one was needed for a song.
They dueled with a dissonance of sound
When neither would admit to being wrong.

Said white keys, “There are more of us than you,
You’ll see our shape is comfortably flat.”

The black keys then responded with sarcasm,
“So now you are admitting that you’re fat.
We think it’s better to be tall and shapely
With a distinctive color—boldly black.”

Said white keys, “This is just a disagreement;
We didn’t think you go on the attack.
Without us you would be monochromatic,
And were we not discussing melody?
For that, we’re doing just fine on our own.
There is no need for your notes we can see.”

The black keys spoke now with fortissimo,
“We’re tired of all this cadence of dissension.
Without our sharps and flats, you’d be quite dull.
We add a rich and wonderful dimension.”

Just then a skilled pianist sat before them,
Producing from them music quite harmonious.
Said eighty-eight keys all at once together
“Such beauty needs accord from each of us.”


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Janice Fitzpatrick01/26/12
Good music lesson as well as a message on working together and not quarreling here. We are all needed in the kingdom of God, no "argument" there.:)Harmonious piece.
Hey you could write a song about this topic-entitle it "Ebony and Ivory"-grin-er-oh yeah that's already been done.:))Seriously though this is well done! Loved it.
Helen Curtis01/29/12
I really like this. You have presented such a unique idea, and it's certainly memorable.

I did find it a bit hard to get into a good rhythm, which made reading a little stilted, but the message was still presented beautifully. One of my favourites for the week! Well done.
Ruth Neilson01/29/12
This was such a fun entry for me. Because even though I never played the piano, I completely understand the disagreements that the flats/sharps have with the regular notes...I have many memories about trying to figure out what is what.
Allison Egley 01/29/12
I love this. I took lessons as a child, and now "tinker" around at times, but that's about it. I love the comparison and illustration.
Jan Chapman01/30/12
Fun piece. I "saw" the animation in my mind and "heard" the keys fussing amongst themselves.
Beth LaBuff 01/31/12
I love your concept for this topic. It's off the piano staff in creativity!! :) This is a favorite of mine too! Great work!