Tim Bowling, Piano Tuner: the Notes Keep Playing
By Tim Bowling
A Tune Above
Piano Tuning Sponsor, GO Ahead & Play
As the piano tuner for the GO Ahead & Play project I must say that I have received much more than I have given, and it continues. It is a distinct honor and privileged, and I have received so much satisfaction and joy participating in the GO Ahead & Play project.
I imagine some may be thinking GO Ahead & Play is over. I must at this point draw attention to the fact that a very unique legacy has been established that continues and will continue long after these pianos have disappeared from public view. And I am one of the few that gets to see all of it unfold in every location.
I have come to appreciate this opportunity even more as I am in the process of servicing the pianos in their final locations. A whole world has been presented to me that I was not previously aware of. Oh, I knew there were programs in place to assist people, but I had no idea! I am receiving an education along with my job.
I won’t keep you here all day, but would leave you with a few highlights why I am enjoying this so much, like trying to tune at Concord Neighborhood Center while the ladies are slapping down their dominoes, followed by a wonderful grilled reuben in their deli.
At Dress for Success Indianapolis, Executive Director Barbara Ellsworth is first class all the way. She gave me a tour of the facility, and two days later I received a hand written thank you note from her in the mail.
Then there is Dan, the security guard at the English Foundation Building. When I finished tuning he sat down and ripped into some very impressive Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. I wish I had video instead of the still shot you see here.
Still more pianos to tune. Maybe I’ll be back with more incidents worth recounting. But, for now I can say, I’m only half done, but already have experienced the truth of what Jesus Christ, who is my Lord, said, “Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6:37
It seems to me that it is coming back to me in a measure that is larger than the measure I used.
Tim Bowling, A Tune Above, was Piano Tuning Sponsor for the GO Ahead & Play project. Tim invested an incredible amount of time and in-kind services, tuning each of the 20 pianos multiple times. Tim maintained each piano's tuning quality prior to public placement, during their 18 days on public display, and at each piano's final home.
To contact Tim for your piano tuning needs, visit his website: atunabove.com.