How to Buy a Piano

September 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

“The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths

by means of wood, metal and vibrating air. “

A few years ago, Kenneth Miller wrote a piece for Esquire, straightforwardly titled “How to Buy a Piano,” in which he rhapsodized about the instrument’s unique power and beauty.   Some excerpts eventually made it onto great-quotes.com, and from there they went viral.  Try Googling “Kenneth Miller” and “piano” now, and you’ll get thousands of hits.

The rub?… The quotes are often misattributed to a revered Brown University biologist with the same name.  That Kenneth Miller is a champion of evolutionary science and is one of this Kenneth Miller’s heroes.

This piece is beautifully written and also gives some great advice for you when you are ready to start the hunt for your perfect instrument.  If you’d like to read the original text,

click here

Kenneth Miller is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Time, Life, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Salon, Discover, Elle, More, Prevention, Ladies’ Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and many other publications. His beats include culture, crime, entertainment, science, religion and the environment.