I remember the first piano I ever played. My mother loved music and made sure that it was a part of our daily lives growing up. To this end, she talked my father into buying us a white baby grand piano, which was displayed prominently in our living room against a beautiful backdrop of ceiling-to-floor windows. It was the most aesthetically pleasing spot in the whole house, which made it a very inviting place to spend hours and hours of my time. Though this did not turn me into a piano virtuoso, it did instill an appreciation and understanding of music in me from a very young age, and helped me to cultivate my musical skills as I started to learn other instruments (trombone, violin, and voice). The benefits of this casual, practical introduction to music theory live on today in me.