soundscape series 3: finale
Posted in personal, pia's music, pia's photos, soundscapes, sydney September 19th, 2008 by piablog


As the day turns into night, we will hear our last soundscape for this series. Here, I take you with me into a most intimate moment: a time of evening when I am in Sydney, just before dinner. My Dad is cooking in the kitchen, my Mum is nearby and I decide to play a tune on the piano as the sky turns from pink to the deepest, darkest blue. I haven’t played this piano in a while and it is out of tune and dusty, which is quite how I like it. But now is the time I must let you know, I never play with an audience. I have only ever played for family and very close friends, and then, not even. So this is a very intimate moment…like opening a hidden away jewellery box and hearing a secret little song, this time, I play for each of you.

Please click the play button below…

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…and be patient while I prepare my seat. The night sky takes the stage…


…I lift the lid of my old friend…


…I click on the lamp…



…and I play. Just for you. Please enjoy…







**Update: If you’d like to hear more of my piano playing, please click here. Thank you. xx

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  1. Dana says

    Absolutely, wonderfully beautiful. Like a short film in a post. Thank you.

    September 19th, 2008 | #

  2. Hyena In Petticoats says

    Right now, as I write this, I have goosebumps.

    I LOVE that song. And you are fabulous.

    Leah xxx

    September 19th, 2008 | #

  3. sofia says

    Pia, Pia, you almost made me cry. It is so beautiful, one of my favorites…tu m’as donné des frissons ! Merci, merci pour ce moment, je reviendrai cliquer souvent juste pour t’écouter jouer.

    September 19th, 2008 | #

  4. mollie says

    best post ever, i love this so much. what piece is that? it’s really familiar to me…

    September 19th, 2008 | #

  5. Jo says

    Stunning. Please tell us what piece of music you’re playing – it’s hypnotic.

    September 19th, 2008 | #

  6. nadia says

    Oh pia, sometimes i think we lead somewhat a paralele life. before i even tapped on the soundtrack… i had feeling you would be playing the Valce d’amelie and you i looked at the paino photographs i realized with this move how i miss me red piano(now in the studio instead)- and when melancholy i could touch the keys and lift my spirits- you did this for me now…i knew you play it but i did not know how much your playing would touch me…

    thank you pia

    perhaps th

    September 19th, 2008 | #

  7. ani says

    oh, it was so lovely. i wish i knew how to play. thank you for sharing.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  8. alyson says

    oh Pia….. every little note you played, I felt it. oh OH how I miss the piano. it’s like that little piece of me that I’ve lost. someday I’ll have one again! 🙂

    happy weekend!


    September 20th, 2008 | #

  9. perpetual*bliss says

    wow.. magical!

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  10. Alan says

    Very creative indeed. I like the piano – added some guitar. Great blog! I agree with Dana. Just like a short film. Keep up the playing.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  11. Emma says

    Thank you so much for sharing this Pia. I loved hearing you play.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  12. Courtney says

    This was absolutely enchanting; what beautiful moments! Thank you for sharing your musical talent with us. This put such a smile on my face.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  13. Isabel says

    That was lovely 🙂

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  14. Janmaree Downey says

    You are a beautiful soul Pia Jane- you reached inside me with your soundscape and made my heart swirl and my throat became a little choked up. T H A N K Y O U ~

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  15. Emily says

    Thank you Pia. Your playing is beautiful and the photos of the pink night just swept me away. I love all of your soundscapes and can easily listen to them again and again.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  16. Pippa Rex says

    OK – it is official. You make me sick!!! Is there anything in the world that you can’t do well??? I think not.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  17. Anna Spiro says

    THAT was my favourite soundscape of all! You talented thing! I love that song and it was so lovley to sit and hear you play! ENCORE my friend!

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  18. Anna Spiro says

    Just came back to tell you I had to post this on my blog!


    September 20th, 2008 | #

  19. Carol says

    How beautiful… I felt such a sense of peace listening to this. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  20. Fiona says

    Wow Pia that was absolutely beautiful, I felt like I was in a trance, I could listen to that all day

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  21. corine says

    Lovely in every way. What a delight.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  22. Linda at Lime in the coconut says

    Wow. How real, how beautiful. Thank you.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  23. Leslie says

    so so so very lovely.

    September 20th, 2008 | #

  24. sofia says

    For who is asking it’s “comptine d’un autre été” – Yann Tiersen (Amélie Poulain) 🙂 my favorite from the moovie. Can’t stop coming here to listen 😉

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  25. krystal says

    Breathtaking, thank you.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  26. josephine says

    wow, pia, you play with such a gorgeous touch! if i could record an audio response to this soundscape, this is what you might hear: my hands clapping to give you a little applause; the scroll and click of my mouse replaying the recording; the soft tapping of my finger in time with the music; a happy sigh at the close of the recording as i open my eyes feeling as if i were waking from a dream. these soundscapes truly transport me and life my spirits. i’m so glad there’s beauty like this in the world 🙂

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  27. Anairam says

    This is so beautiful. Thank you, Pia.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  28. Ilaria says

    So beautiful! A perfect little song to listen at the end of this melancholic and nice evening. Thanks for letting each one of us appreciate this song, your pictures…

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  29. Kirsty says

    What a wonderful way to end the series. Just lovely Pia.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  30. mollie says

    amelie, yes!

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  31. Guðný Svava Strandberg says

    This was wonderful. Thank you

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  32. Annie says

    Thank you for this wonderful gift. Your playing, beautiful and the photos are stunning. I love the last two the most.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  33. jeanniethedreamer says

    Dear Pia,
    It is my wish to have my own piano, and play music again. I know just a little. Thank you so much for playing for us. I cried the whole time. It is so beautiful and comforting. The pictures of the moon (was that an eclipse?) and the star – make me speechless.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  34. robin-bird says

    the moment i opened the page i glimpsed the midnight pink sky and thought to myself “oh! pia loves us very much!” and then i saw the the rest and listened to your gift and i can’t imagine anything more painfully sweet than this dear pia. truly, it is a love letter.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  35. pia says

    my dear, dear commenters, you leave me teary + speechless…

    after i posted this piece my heart pounded, i felt like i was performing a live concert, in such an intimate space, with a packed house. i went out for dinner with some friends, trying not to think about it, and when i came home to all your incredible comments, it felt like i had a standing ovation.

    Thank you. It has been my pleasure to play for you, and perhaps I will be less timid to do so again for you in the future.

    You guys are the best audience I have ever had.


    September 21st, 2008 | #

  36. Bonnie says

    Pia…thank you so much for creating just the perfect beginning to a beautiful day…I loved the slightly dusty, slightly out of tune, just comfortable, beautifully played at home performance…and will keep the tune in my head to enjoy over and over…

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  37. Trina says

    Lovely beyond words. It has taken me to another place today, I’m not sure where but I am wishing I was there!
    Many Thanks!
    xx Trina

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  38. christy in georgia says

    Wow. Amazing!

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  39. jayina says

    was that Comptine D’un Autre Ete-L’Apre in the amelie soundtrack? or am i wrong? it’s a great song by the way. great play. 🙂

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  40. maryam in marrakech says

    Thank you. It came just at the right time.

    September 21st, 2008 | #

  41. MyKelle says

    thats was so beautiful! thank you!

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  42. gem says

    thank you for this brave, moving & gorgeous post…

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  43. stacy says

    The last photo of the moon – it’s perfect.

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  44. Polka Dot Bride says

    Pia this is beautiful. I only now had a chance to sit and listen and with the photos it let my mind drift I love love love it!

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  45. Stephanie says

    oh pia. it was just beautiful.

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  46. tammy says

    ahh, you paint pictures with words, and complete it all with music. amazing and wonderful moment. thank you/

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  47. Jen says

    Wonderful! You have such a lovely touch on the piano. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

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  49. Carol says

    I have listened to your playing over and over again… once again, thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  50. megs says

    thank you.

    i found my way to your post thru a link and i am amazed. i have never veiwed a blog post quite like this. i adore this song and have listened to it many time but halfway thru listening to you play it tears were running down my face. i felt as if i were there. i was not alone in my house late at night – i was in a home filled with music and food and love and stillness. it was as if you were playing just for me, as a gift to me.

    thank you.

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  51. dette says

    Pia I came to your blog because I liked your theory posted on Hidden in France blog and I thought I’d check out your blog. I was totally awe struck and moved by this post. The standing ovation continues!

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  52. itsasne says

    just by reading your intro i knew i’ll be in tears by the end of this post….. so here i am, bleary-eyed, still trying to recover from how moving this post is. i’ll need to gather my strengh before listening to it again… and again…

    ps i’m with pippa rex: is there anything you can’t do well?

    you are an angel… such a lovely touch in everything you do…


    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  53. mina says

    As many times as I’ve erased this mail….I just can’t put into words how I’m feeling at this moment, after hearing you play. It touched me deeply so therefore I had to tell you. I normally almost never leave a commit on any blogs I read but I just had to this time.

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

  54. Katherine says

    Pia, I had forgotten how much I loved that song until I listend to you playing. It was lovely – thank you. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple weeks now and also just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying it!

    September 22nd, 2008 | #

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    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  56. Tartelette says

    Words fall short to tell you how much I enjoyed this post at this time in my life. Your playing, the pictures…this post is bookmarked and will be re-visited again and again. Thank you.

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  57. Tartelette says

    P.S: your talents are beyond amazing 🙂

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  58. Kristen says

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of music and yourself…for facing your fears. What an honour for all of us here. You play beautifully.

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  59. Victoria says

    Just wonderful, what a delight,thank you Pia!
    It is great that you playing flys around the world, wings over the waves…sending greetings back from New York!

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  60. gwen Buchanan says

    You are so delightful.. I just shared a beautiful evening..

    I loved listening to you playing the piano… I could have listened for hours… and the views were breath-taking!!! Thank you!

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  61. Lynn and Lilly says

    I listened to your beautiful song last night and had to play it for my 8 year old daughter, Lilly tonight. She has started piano and I thought she would be inspired by your talent. She read all of the comments for her reading homework and now will sleep with your song in her dreams. Thank you! Also your photos are amazing, we want that view.

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  62. Pip says

    Pia, I am de-lurking to tell you that your song was beautiful, I love home recorded music, with the crackling sounds and background noises – so beautiful.

    Funnily enough, I have been wanting to know what that piece of music is since I heard it on an ABC advert and now I can ask someone – what is that piece of music?

    Thank you for posting this.

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  63. trupeach says

    achingly beautiful.

    September 23rd, 2008 | #

  64. Liberty Post Editor says

    tears….down my face….trickling across my lip and down my neck. i know that sounds horrid + sad, but it was the most beautiful moment; hearing you play and looking at your photographs. how did you know i needed that?

    September 24th, 2008 | #

  65. Liberty Post Editor says

    Oh, and my dear friend..I’ve created a post just for you and your talent. Hug from Canada.

    September 24th, 2008 | #

  66. robin says

    do you see!? do you see!? how loved you are and how much you have made everyone happy with this beautiful post? there are sooo many lovely comments. you must feel most welcome home!!!!

    i just had to comment a second time. love to you pia. i have thought of this music and you all day today while taking photographs 🙂

    September 24th, 2008 | #

  67. Isolated says

    I found your blog through Moon Dreams & Day Beams and I’m so glad I clicked on that link! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. Beautiful…

    September 24th, 2008 | #

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  69. eilandkind says

    how do you do it?
    your postings are magical, misterious,elusive, beautiful
    no words can actually describe it
    I’m SO hooked on your blog.

    September 25th, 2008 | #

  70. Linda@ Restyled Home says

    Stunningly beautiful. Appeals to all the sense, really…

    September 26th, 2008 | #

  71. Sheri says

    oh! this makes me want to cry it’s so pretty. *sigh*

    September 28th, 2008 | #

  72. Rachel says

    Could I ask you to please send me this song via email, if that’s ok? tia

    September 29th, 2008 | #

  73. kosenrufu mama says

    thank you !!!

    October 1st, 2008 | #

  74. nyla says

    somehow i missed this post! and then found it via Liberty Post Editor after clicking over per your suggestion to watch The Schlep (thanks for that, btw!)

    such loveliness, ms. pia. you’re like a fire i can hold my hands up to and warm myself 🙂 i hope you’ll tickle the ivories for us again sometimes soon. xox

    October 2nd, 2008 | #

  75. Danielle says

    More more more more more more!


    S’il vous plait.

    Danielle in Canada

    PS. It is quite unnerving to see the last comment being posted on October 2, 2008, when it is 7:50 pm on October 1, here. Threw me off there, for a minute.

    October 2nd, 2008 | #

  76. Kar says

    Pia, wow, it’s the best i’ve ever seen and heard in the web, thank you for delighting us as you did, please do it again and again for ever ! of course i know you have more inside you, just share this…

    October 2nd, 2008 | #

  77. Cindy says

    Thank you for posting this truly inspirational piece – you transported us into your world in a few words and bars of music…hmm I agree we could with more

    October 5th, 2008 | #

  78. shelley says

    i am awed and humbled.

    thank you.

    October 5th, 2008 | #

  79. Janelley says

    Hello! I love your pictures and music! Do you think you can send me this song via email?

    October 7th, 2008 | #

  80. sandra graham says

    beautiful thank you so much.

    October 9th, 2008 | #

  81. Linda says

    I return to this particular soundscape again and again – the music is absolutely beautiful – thank you for sharing your many talents.

    October 12th, 2008 | #

  82. Liberty Post Editor says

    Hi,i`m zach.I`m at liberty post`s house.I`m a friend of Liberty`s son.Liberty is making sweet potatoes for her families Thanksgiving dinner.I can smell the sweet aroma of the potatoes in the air.IT`S AMAZING.I`d like to comment on your piano playing skills.It was like listening to Red Cardnals chirp on a nice spring morning…beautiful.

    October 13th, 2008 | #

  83. Mike says

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us, who you have never met and yet who are special enough to have heard your gift. Please, from one who barely plays and wishes he could play better, but who can sing and will share this with anyone who’ll listen, please share this gift with your family and friends without fear. You are truly blessed, as are we who have been able to hear you.


    October 15th, 2008 | #

  84. janny226 says

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gift.

    October 15th, 2008 | #

  85. Diana says

    absolutely beautiful…thank you so much for sharing…what a lovely way to start my day.

    October 17th, 2008 | #

  86. Kirby says

    I just stumbled upon this today and read your post and listen to you play and wanted to tell you how awesome this was! That song was beautiful. You really know how to tickle the ivory! Thank you, for playing for us. I hope you do so in future. Your awesome!

    October 17th, 2008 | #

  87. Annely says

    Thank you so much! It was so… heavenly. Aitäh!

    October 30th, 2008 | #

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  89. Jennifer says

    most beautiful music i have heard in a long time, i love the way you play it. thanks

    November 11th, 2008 | #

  90. Devi says

    Just found your blog a few days ago through decor8 and have been reading your posts silently through my RRS reader ever since. Love your posts, but this one is incredible!! How the music goes along with my eyes reading the text and watching the details in the photos. Thank you!! Happy Holidays to you!

    December 22nd, 2008 | #

  91. Sandra says

    Will you please send me a cd or .wav (or itunes) file with this piece? I am happy to purchase (let me know and I will send my address). I love it and your rendition is the best I’ve heard. Thank you. Sandy.

    January 8th, 2009 | #

  92. k says

    wonderful.. just wonderful. congratulations on having such.. talent.

    January 13th, 2009 | #

  93. ant says

    you are gifted Pia. So calming… allows the mind to dream and rise to what may be and what has been. Thanks Pia for sharing your talents through your music and images xo. What music (CD) do you suggest a father play for his ‘son’ to dream to? 🙂

    May 22nd, 2009 | #

  94. Klaviere says

    good work. keep up. thank you.

    July 12th, 2009 | #

  95. Jane says

    Your piano playing is just lovely and this particular piece just so magical,…I cried. Because your playing, your beautiful word-pictures, and photographs,all so emotive.. in fact your whole blog is so beautiful!! You are a magical dream-weaver extraordinaire…thankyou..I’d like to shower you with a million thankyou’s, you have awakened my poor battered old heart.

    July 26th, 2009 | #

  96. Jen says

    Pia – I’m from Sydney, have been living in London for about four years and am a few days away from flying home for a visit. I just read/heard your post and your description of being at home, with mum and dad doing their thing and getting back on the piano you grew up with has really hit a chord. Your blog is wonderful.

    August 19th, 2009 | #

  97. megmanionsilliker says

    wow! i have pressed play so many times. it’s gorgeous. just what i need to hear this morning. you are so talented. don’t ever feel timid to play for us again. you are delightful!! in every way.

    January 7th, 2010 | #

  98. Roxana says

    hey, you are one of those people who really know how to touch one’s heart, with the fingers on the piano keys. Oh is there really anything more beautiful than the piano, melancholy, the sun slowly setting, the world outside moving on, and there, with the music everything stops for a few seconds…thank you. music it’s even better than visual arts, it has that flow, that mix of emotions, it simply caresses one’s heart. I loved it.

    January 9th, 2010 | #

  99. Aisha says

    so magicaly enchanting..& simply have such an amazing & rare talent..Thank you for sharing..

    January 17th, 2010 | #

  100. Katy says

    This is truly beautiful music Pia. If you get the chance to make an album, you definitely should. Good luck and look forward to hearing more. Kx

    October 27th, 2010 | #

  101. Tracey @ Knicky Knacks says

    Geez Louise, you are one talented lady. I echo all the sentiments of those before me who have so eloquently described your music. Just beautiful. To have such talent…sigh!

    April 24th, 2011 | #

  102. Andi Schroeder says

    I am swaying peacefully amid the hustle of Christmas rush. I feel joy in my soul. thank you.

    December 14th, 2011 | #

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