British Columbia's (im)perfect pitch


Practice makes perfect – yet imperfections are supposed to be an important feature in our appreciation of pleasure. The symmetrical beauty of the human face is said to be enhanced by an offset mole. Fine wine is made more engaging by atypical, often quite esoteric flavours. The odd bum note greatly improves a Chopin recital.

Okay, perhaps the last point is debatable, and underlines why my own piano playing mostly remains behind closed, locked, soundproofed doors. A recent exception to this rule is pictured below, when I couldn't resist playing a few bars on this beautiful grand piano at Mission...