The music men
We had a piano delivered to us today - an antique that was given away on Facebook. The men who brought it to us had specialist wheels with which to transport this 100-year-old instrument that admittedly is in desperate need of a dehumidifier and an expert tuner. The way in which the men manipulated angles to fit the piano around the tightest of corners is a product of years of persistent practice and dedication to their craft. I found it refreshing to watch the satisfaction with which they went about their task.
It should come as no surprise to learn that the job of a piano deliverer is a niche profession. Yet the fact that its practitioners require some considerable, intricate skills, should make us all reflect upon the kinds of jobs we do, and the ones that we would do given the opportunity. Do we want to work at a desk, staring at a screen for the rest of our working lives? Granted, writing this article upon an iPad is hardly a rallying call for returning us all to the soil. A True Leveller I could never be.
Balance between working life and family life is perhaps a more reasonable aspiration, coupled with the feeling of an enriched cultural and social experience that is enhanced, rather than curtailed, by our day jobs.
Now, where is that axe? Some wood needs chopping.