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My Heart Aches to Play Music for Dogs (even with my hand in a cast)

The last nine weeks have been some of the most intense of my life. That’s a long time for anyone to have their dominant hand in a cast, let alone a concert pianist who records music for dogs and cats.

I shared news of my complicated hand fracture in a post just before my first surgery, July 13. The outpouring of support really helped to lift my spirits. Words can’t express my gratitude for your prayers and healing energy. I was so moved that so many of my readers were listening to my recorded piano playing that day. The unanticipated second surgery added 3-weeks to my time in a cast and tested my patience.

Gina‘s done a fabulous job of comforting me. We’ve taken more sofa naps together these past 9-weeks than I ever imagined possible.

Music, of course, has also been a big source of support. At 2 am one morning when I couldn’t sleep, I discovered some beautiful classical repertoire written for left hand alone.

No matter how many fingers I have available, I’m still a musician and my heart and soul yearn to make music. In addition to music for left hand alone, I went searching for music I already play from the 46 tracks on iCalmDog. My desire was to re-teach myself some of the same music but with new fingering for the three fingers I had available outside of my right hand cast.

Click to view the video above and get comfy on your sofa with your dog(s) curled up by your side.

I’m still not sure if it was more soothing for Gina or for me, but playing music from iCalmDog on my piano filled my heart with great hope. Ironically, the Chopin selection was the same music that I played in Sanchez’s memorial tribute. It served to remind me that he’s still with me in spirit, rooting me on. Good boy!

I’m very happy to report that my bones are healing very well. (All seven fractures!) My hand is very recently out of a cast and into a custom-made splint. And, I discovered a new use for iCalmDog. My hand therapist loved working to the soothing sounds as she made my splint! Who knew?

I know I have a long road ahead of working through the stiffness and rebuilding my hand strength. But, no matter how long it takes, I will be playing the piano again with all 10 fingers. And my own music for dogs and cats may be just what I need to help teach me patience while remembering that a little calm can go a long way for any species.