Pianos are delicate things for their size. They are highly susceptible to “colds” that is they often find themselves singing at the wrong pitch because of exposure to sun, of temperature, and worst of all high humidity. When you are a Florida piano, you really can’t avoid any of these things, so you often find yourself out of tune with a piano cold.
When that happens, it’s time for a visit from the Piano Man. Our piano man is Jordan Wiegand, whose father and grandfather before him were piano tuners. Jordan has an impressive array of obscure tools, but mostly he has the ear and the experience that make piano tuning more of an art and a calling than a job. He told me he tried careers in banking and real estate, but came back to his family trade after a few years. There is, apparently, nothing like being the Piano Man, especially when it runs in your blood. So Billy Joel, I think, may not have had Jordan in mind when he wrote his song, but it works: “… we’re all in the mood for a melody, and you’ve got us feeling alright”.
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