Live Music Is the Soundtrack of My Daily Life

Lisa Shanahan
Nov 4, 2016 · 4 min read
The guy in the middle is my husband, Jim, with his band at Joe’s Nautical Bar in Hull, Mass. (Photo: Karen Silva)

My husband, Jim, is one of those gifted humans who plays piano by ear. Name any song. He can play it. Doesn’t look anything up. Music pours out of him through a magical process I’ll never understand.

“How can you play without music? You just hear it??” I asked him out of my fog of my many years of piano lessons learning to read music. I could never, ever play by ear.