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Celebrity babies are born into a world of wealth and privilege. And in many cases, they’re going to need all the advantages they can get, just to make up for the crazy names their famous parents give them.

Why do celebs tend to choose unusual names for their offspring? Theories vary, but it’s likely that people who are famous tend to be rather flashy, theatrical, and self-confident. No child of theirs would have a name like Michael or Anne – or even Madison or Bailey. No, when you’re a celebrity, only the oddest name will do for your baby.

Some of the most unusual names chosen for celebrity babies:

  1. Dweezil

Musician Frank Zappa kicked off the odd baby name trend for celebrities back in the ’60s. He named oldest son Dweezil, and if that’s not weird enough, Dweezil’s silbings are named Moon Unit, Diva, and Ahmet (in case you’re wondering, Moon Unit and Diva are girls; Ahmet is a boy).

Where did the inspiration for “Dweezil” come from? Apparently, it was a nickname Zappa coined for his wife’s pinkie toe.

  1. Sparrow

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … no, it’s a baby – in this case, the son of actress Nicole Richie and singer Joel Madden. Sparrow James Midnight’s sister is named Harlow Winter Kate.

The inspiration? Possibly the Simon & Garfunkel song Sparrow, which ends “Who will love a little Sparrow? Will no one write her eulogy?” Madden linked to the song in a Tweet after the baby’s birth.

  1. Pax

It’s short, it’s easy to spell – but why?

We don’t know, but we do know that Angelina Jolie requested that her son, adopted at age 3 from an orphanage in Vietnam, have his name changed to Pax Thien. Pax won’t feel odd among the brood of Jolie and Brad Pitt; his siblings are Zahara Marley, Maddox Chivan Thornton, Shiloh Nouvel, Knox Leon, and Vivienne Marcheline.

  1. Apple

When most of us think of apples, we think of fruit. Not Gwyneth Paltrow … to her, it was a baby name. Paltrow explained her choice by saying that “Apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and it’s Biblical” (never mind that the apple in the Bible wasn’t exactly a positive thing …). Apple has a brother, Moses.

  1. Makena’lei

Daughter of actress Helen Hunt, don’t you hope little Makena’lei grows up smart enough to spell that name? Her poor kindergarten teacher!

  1. Coco

Actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette went with the funky “Coco” for their only child. Reportedly, Coco was Cox’s mother’s nickname: Mama Coco.

  1. Suri

Many strange stories surround actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, whether they involve Scientology rituals, or baby names. Tom and Katie named their highly-anticipated baby Suri, supposedly an ancient Hebrew play on “Sarah.” But while you probably know a lot of Sarahs, I’m guessing you’re only aware of one Suri.

  1. Kal-el

Nicolas Cage wanted something really super in a baby name for his son, so what better choice than Kal-el, the birth name of Superman?

  1. Pilot Inspektor

I know that Pilot Inspektor probably didn’t make your top 10 list for your own child, but it did for actor Jason Lee. Apparently, Lee was inspired by “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot,” a song by the band Grandaddy. I’m sure that that song has just inspired many more prospective parents. Like Cruise, Lee is a Scientologist. Is there a link between Scientology and odd baby names? Not claimin’, just askin’.

10. Kyd

Son of actors David Duchovny and Tea Leoni – you’ve gotta wonder if they just took the easy way out here. You know, “Hey Kyd – come on!” One has to wonder what it will be like to be an adult named Kyd.

Reports claim that Kyd goes by his middle name, Miller — can you blame him?

There you go: ten truly weird and wacky celebrity baby names, and I haven’t really even begun. We still have Blanket, Prince Michael, and Paris — and those are just Michael Jackson’s kids. You must admit though, despite being almost a form of child abuse to the poor kids inflicted with these monikers, they are entertaining for the rest of us.

You may also like: What’s in a Name?

Book Chat

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mitfordI’ve heard of so many people loving the “Mitford” books series that I figured it was time I check out the phenomenon. I began, of course, with the first in the series, “At Home in Mitford.” For those couple of you who haven’t read it, it details the life of kindly priest Father Tim, who lives in the idyllic town of Mitford.

I found the book sweet, and I enjoyed it. It’s not deep, but as others have said, it was “happy,” and sometimes that’s just what one needs in a book. I met a whole village full of memorable characters, whom I’m assuming will continue through the rest of the series. Some snippets from the book I enjoyed  –

  • “I heard a Mississippi preacher say that everybody is trying to swallow something that won’t go down.”
  • “Do you know what I appreciate more than your sermons? … The fact that you love us. Yes, that’s enough for me, that you love us.” (this is said to Father Tim, and yes, I found myself wishing more than once that I had a pastor like him)

Have you read the Mitford books? Do you recommend them?

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Laura Ingalls Wilder a Writer's Life

I’m taking an online course this month about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’m not getting into it “whole hog,” but I am reading “Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Writer’s Life” for it, as well as watching the video lectures. It’s interesting. I’ve read the Little House series multiple times, and have also read many books about Laura. This is yet another.

I found the book’s tone a bit scholarly for my tastes (it continually referred to Laura as “Wilder,” and each time I’d have to think for a second to realize who they were talking about). A fairly big deal is made about the fact the the Little House books aren’t totally “true” (the family didn’t move continually west, Little House on the Prairie events happened before Little House in the Big Woods events, Jack the dog didn’t die while with the family but was given away with Pet and Patty — okay, the bit about Jack did bum me out a little). Maybe it’s because of my own experience writing a memoir, but this doesn’t bother me at all. When you write about a life, you realize that you have to create a story arc. Let’s face it: most people’s lives, written on a day-to-day narrative, just aren’t that interesting. As Laura herself said, “There were so many ways of seeing things and so many ways of saying them.”

The real thing I took from the book was sympathy for Laura in dealing with her only daughter, Rose. Rose seems as though she came into the world with a defiant attitude, and she kept it throughout her life. Yes, she edited Laura’s work, but she often did it while making condescending remarks to her and making derogatory comments about Laura to her friends. Rose wanted a stone cottage, so she had one built at her parent’s farm — then told them that she was giving it to them, while Rose moved into their own lovingly-built home.

As an adult, Rose wrote that she “hated everything and everybody in (my) childhood.” She also wrote, “I lived through a childhood that was a nightmare.” Hardly what we’d expect from the child of cheery, determined Half Pint! Rose struggled with depression and wild mood swings throughout her life, characterizing herself as manic depressive. Honestly, I found myself thinking that “The Long Winter” must have been nothing compared to surviving this daughter. It’s just sad the way personalities can clash and wreak so much havoc in families.

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What Color is Your Parachute 2015

I remember reading “What Color is Your Parachute?” years ago, probably when I was in college. The book has been around for years, and aims to help you decide on a career and know yourself better. I was happy to review the 2015 version thanks to Blogging for Books. Actually, I didn’t even know that the book came out with an annual update.

The book is interesting and I think it would be very helpful to teens and to those looking to change occupations. There are detailed sections on knowing yourself (by making a “flower” listing skills, likes and dislikes, and much more). There are sections on how to interview well, how to choose a job you’d enjoy, and more. Really, it’s hard to sum up the book quickly, since it’s 300 pages of meaty advice. I think this would make a great graduation gift.

This 2015 edition includes up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive resumes and cover letters, doing effective networking and confident interviewing, and negotiating the best salary possible. But it goes beyond that, in helping you to better know who you are, with its classic self-inventory—called “The Flower Exercise”—because the best answer to What shall I do? flows from knowing Who you are.

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Remember Columbine? It’s pretty hard to forget the April day in 1999 when two teens gunned down kids and teachers at Columbine High School. It happened just two weeks before one of my girls was born, so it has also stayed in my memory for that reason.

My oldest daughter read “Columbine” by Dave Cullen for a school class, and recommended it. I read it, and was impressed by the author’s research and attention to detail. His theory is that Eric Harris was the mastermind of the tragedy, and that Eric was a psychopath. It was chilling to read his research on Harris, and how Harris truly seemed to have no empathy for any of his victims (or anyone else, for that matter). Then again, that pretty much defines a psychopath. He charmed others into thinking he was not a threat. Dylan Klebold, the other killer, was Harris’s sidekick and was more the traditional teen trouble-maker — a depressed follower. He dismisses the theory that Harris and Klebold were bullied, and that this was a cause of their actions. Apparently, there’s quite a debate going on regarding what their true motivation was.

Reading the book made me kind of anxious — various scenes were described in great detail, and I truly felt like I was there. Even while I was disgusted by the cruelty of the killers, I was impressed by the generosity of many in the school who sacrificed to help others. And the lengthy recovery of some of the survivors was inspiring as well.

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water

I remember watching “Water for Elephants” back in a 2011 flight to Hawaii. It was a good movie, and I thought that sometime I’d enjoy the book. That sometime happened this month. The book was quite similar to the movie, and I enjoyed it as well. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s the story of Jacob, a university veterinary student in the 1900s who is forced to drop out just before graduating by his parents’ tragic deaths. He joins a circus, where he meets many fascinating animals and humans — including the lovely performer, Marlena. Marlene is mistreated by her jerk-of-a-husband (who also mistreats circus animals and circus workers he considers beneath him). The whole book is well-written and reads really smoothly, right up to the climax, which I’ll save for you to discover.

The book is told by Jacob, who is currently in his 90s and living in a nursing home, which was heart-breaking (“I could have sworn that just a few seconds ago I was twenty-three, and now here I am in this wretched, desiccated body.”). I could have done without the profanity and some of the … um, “adult” situations, but otherwise, good read.

What have you been reading lately? Check out others’ lists at 5 Minutes for Books.

Menu Plan Monday

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Menu Plan Monday time again — how was your week? I hope it was great. It was a busy fall week here, but full of good things. Fall makes me appreciate nice weather more than usual, with its reminders that winter will be knocking on our doors all too quickly.

My birthday was nice; thanks to each one who sent good wishes :) We did get to eat out, and I made a delicious dessert for afterwards. The next day a friend treated me to a special lunch too, so a good day.

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Daughter #1 had a busy weekend with her marching band, which got to perform not once but twice in the huge Lucas Oil Stadium, which has been home to a Super Bowl game. I didn’t get to see the band in person, but hopefully I will when they return in a few weeks. There was a live blog set up with play-by-play and photos for those of us at home. So exciting!

Here’s the week’s menu offerings:

Monday:

Savory Bean and Spinach Soup — it’s good :) Also bread from the bread machine.

2 qt. chicken broth

1 #10 can diced tomatoes

1 #10 can northern beans

1/2 box long grain wild rice

1 large onion, diced

garlic powder

parsley

salt/pepper

1/2 bag of fresh spinach

Parmesan cheese

Tuesday: 15-Minute Pasta Combo — This is from an old Kraft recipe booklet. How old? Coupons in the back expired in 1992! I have made it for years, and it is good:

8 oz. spaghetti, broken in half

1/2 cup Italian dressing

2 large tomatoes, seeded, chopped

2 cups turkey cubes (or any meat)

1 cup grated Parmesan

 

Cook spaghetti — in same pan, heat dressing over medium heat. Add pasta; toss until coated.

Add tomatoes, meat, and cheese, toss lightly.

Wednesday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole – a family favorite

Cheesy Tater Tot casserole crockpot

Thursday: Nacho Casserole – I have made it before and it’s good.

Friday: Wendy’s Chili – it does taste pretty similar.

More menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s. Have a good week, everyone!

Thanks to Purex for providing product for me to sample for my review, and for providing the coupons for the giveaway.
Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

Ahhhhh … good smells! Do you love them? I do. I love walking into a candle store or a bath and body store, just to inhale the luscious scents. I must not be the only one, because it’s all about the aromatherapy with Purex Crystals’ latest offering: Purex Crystals Aromatherapy.

You know I love Purex Crystals. Just shake some crystals into each load of laundry you do (you can add a little or a lot, depending on how much fragrance you like), and when the washer stops,  you have clean clothes that smells truly amazing.

The latest crystals feature Well Being, Energy, and Serenity scents. Wouldn’t we all like more of those? You can keep a canister of each scent, and express your mood with each load of laundry. The scents are energizing and long-lasting — for weeks, not just minutes.

These crystals are now available in stores. Treat yourself next time you’re out shopping. They’re a small indulgence that you’ll enjoy each time you conquer dirty clothes.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

Thanks to Purex, two of you can win coupons for a free canister of the crystals. Enter by November 1 using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll choose random winners November 2.
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Now please excuse me for a moment, while I take a deep whiff of the Well Being Crystals. I’ll say it again: ahhhhh ….

 

Dance Crafts for Kids

 

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum

It’s true that dance is a favorite pastime of many little girls (and a few brave boys). Your favorite dancer would no doubt enjoy creating some items to use while dancing or to inspire her passion for dance. Gather some glitter, sparkles, and glue and prepare for an afternoon of fun creating dance crafts.

little girls ballet

Sparkly Mirror

Purchase a small hand-held mirror at a craft store. Little dancers can then decorate the area around the mirror with self-adhesive jewels and stickers. Paint pens and glitter glue can add further interest and sparkle to the mirrors, and the dancers will enjoy admiring themselves in their glittery creations.

For older kids, buy a larger mirror and let them decorate the edges with paint pens and other stick-ons. They can check out their hair and dance gear in the mirror before heading to dance class.

Jewelry Box

Buy a basic box made of tagboard or wood at a craft store. Instruct dancers to paint their boxes in the color of their choice, and then they can decorate the boxes with stickers, jewels, and glitter.

Another idea involves cutting pictures of dancers from magazines and pasting them onto the boxes. Then, cover the entire box with a layer of Mod Podge decoupage sealant. Voila – a fun place to store all the dancer’s jewels.

Princess Wand

A princess wand is a must-have accessory for the little ballerina. Buy a small dowel rod and spray-paint it in your color of choice. Then, provide the crafter with feathers, lengths of ribbon, bits of tulle, and other items to create a fancy end for the wand. Sparkly metallic pipe cleaners can be bent into shapes such as hearts and stars and adhered to the end of the wand as well.

Ballerina Ornament

Use an old-fashioned clothespin (not the type with a clip) to create a cute ballerina that can hang on your Christmas tree. The round knob on top of the clip will be the ballerina’s bun; your dancer can paint this in her hair color of choice. Use fine-tip paint pens or permanent markers to create the dancer’s face and leotard, and draw ballet slippers on the bottom of the two “legs” of the clip.

Create a tutu for the ballerina by gathering lace or ribbon and gluing it around the center of the clip. Make pipe cleaner “arms” and twist them around the clip, securing with a drop of glue in the back. Tie a thread or piece of yarn around the ballerina’s bun, and she is ready to “dance” from the Christmas tree!

 

 

Always Discreet at Target

Always Discreet

With age comes wisdom — as well as a few other things. Have you ever begun an aerobic workout involving jumping jacks, only to realize that a quick trip to the bathroom was in order first? Have you sneezed and tried to quickly cross your legs? I can relate to both these scenarios, and am betting you can as well, if your thirties are in the rearview mirror, or if you’ve had a kid or two, or heck — even if you’re just a female. It’s part of the bargain, right? :)

Always Discreet Target

I’m happy to report that there are companies that can help with occasional bladder … issues. One product I’ve discovered recently is Always Discreet, which helps women protect themselves from bladder leaks so they can dance with freedom, laugh with confidence, and be themselves without worry.

The full line of products is available at Target, so I headed out to my local store. They were easy to find, on an end cap display.

Always Discreet Target

There were more products around the corner on the shelves. I learned that Always Discreet Liners absorb twice the amount you may need, based on the average US consumer. Always Discreet Pads are up to 40% thinner than the leading brand. And if you want even more of a safety net, Always Discreet Underwear with Dual LeakGuard™ barriers help prevent leaks where they happen most.

Always Discreet Target

A handy infographic near the display helps educate consumers:

Always Discreet Target

 

Since this is a new product, Always is offering you incentives to give Discreet products a try.

  • You can text DISCREET to TARGET (827438) for instant coupons on Always Discreet (Expires 12/31/14)
  • Now through October 25 (hurry!), when you buy $20 of Always Discreet products, you get a FREE carrying case ($6 value). Look for the Always Discreet display at your local Target. You can see the carrying cases in my top photo, on the left top side of the display. They look cute!
  • My store display had a $1 sample pack available (see it in the top photo, just right of the carrying cases). I appreciate companies making it inexpensive to try their products.
  • Online Savings:
    • Enter promo code DISCREET at checkout to save $1. Visit http://clvr.li/X9q8uS for details (Expires 12/31/14)
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Menu Plan Monday

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Menu Plan Monday again! It has been a busy weekend here; senior band night for the oldest daughter, a dance performance for the middle daughter, and an out-of-town bonsai club trip for the youngest. Add in relatives visiting and it has been chaotic, but good. I hope your weekend was nice as well!

Senior at last!

Senior at last!

Scary Halloween dance performer ...

Scary Halloween dance performer …

Greenhouse visit ... in the rain.

Greenhouse visit … in the rain.

 

 

It’s a busy week ahead too, so I apologize if nothing here is too inspiring.

Monday: Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas – I was drawn to this recipe because 1) it uses peppers, and my mom just dropped off a large bucket of them for me, and 2) it’s quick and easy. None of my kids eat onions or peppers, but I’m guessing they can pick out the chicken???

Tuesday: Leftover buffet — I want to watch daughter #2’s dance classes over the dinner hour, so leftovers it shall be.

Wednesday: My birthday — hoping to eat out … cross your fingers for me :)

Thursday: Fish (as in boxed VanKamp’s) and mashed potatoes

Friday: Healthy Mexican Casserole With Roasted Corn and Peppers — again, uses peppers. Maybe I can make one side pepper-free?

What is going on in your kitchen this week? More ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

 Congrats to winner, Megan — thanks to all who entered!
Beauty and the Beet VeggieTales

I love the story of Beauty and the Beast. And, I’m a VeggieTales fan. So, what could be more fun than a combination of the two?

That’s what you’ll get in “Beauty and the Beet,” the latest VeggieTales DVD.

When I watched this DVD the other night, I enjoyed it a lot. The story: Sweet Potato Mirabelle and her family band (the Veggie Tones) are determined to reach their next gig, at Vegetable Square Garden. But on the journey, a fierce snowstorm hits, and the family gets stuck at a creepy run-down resort. Mr. Beet, the grumpy manager, makes them sing and clean in exchange for room and board. Why is Mr. Beet such a beast? Can Mirabelle’s kindness change him?

This show is just fun. It features singer Kellie Pickler as the voice of Mirabelle. She is a country singer, and although country is not my genre of choice, I enjoyed the songs. In typical VeggieTales form, they were each extremely catchy and the lyrics were really clever.

Mirabelle Mr. Beet VeggieTales
 There are frequent references to how God wants us to treat others — a good lesson for all of us. I won’t give away the ending, but it’s happy. There are extra features with a Christmas VeggieTales singalong of “Deck the Halls,” and the show also features a new “Silly Song with Larry.”
This DVD would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for any child (or, truthfully, for many kids-at-heart!). Learn more at the VeggieTales website (and in more VeggieTales news — the cute veggies will also star in a new Netflix series, “VeggieTales in the House,” which will premiere Thanksgiving weekend).

One of you can win a copy of this fun DVD! Enter using the rafflecopter form below by October 25, and I’ll choose a random winner October 26.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I received a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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What are your favorite aspects of Christmas? Celebrating the birth of Christ? Enjoying the lights? The beautiful music? Bright, new clothing? The fun and unexpected moments that occur? You’ll find all of these things at the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Performed each year for several days following Christmas, the Festival will celebrate 40  years of performances this year.

Plymouth Church Boar's Head

The Festival is a true spectacle, involving over 250 church members, along with musicians from the local Philharmonic and choral groups that will give you goosebumps.

The Boar’s Head Festival did not begin with Plymouth Congregational Church. It’s actually the oldest continuing festival of the Christmas season, with roots in ancient times when the boar was feared as a forest menace. Roman feasts often featured boar as the first dish served, and this practice continued into medieval times.

With the rise of Christianity, the Christmas tradition of serving a boar came to symbolize the victory of the Christ Child over sin.

The Boar’s Head Festival itself began in 1340 in Queen’s College, Oxford, England. According to tradition, a scholar was walking through the forest on his way to Christmas Mass while studying a philosophy book. Suddenly accosted by a wild boar, the student rammed the book down the boar’s throat, choking him. The boar’s head was decorated and carried in procession that night to honor “the King of bliss.”

The ceremony has continued and grown in elaboration throughout the years.

At Plymouth’s version, you’ll find dozens of medieval characters, all dressed in brightly colored hand-made costumes. From the stately Beefeaters to the Yule Candle Sprite toddler, no detail is overlooked.

Keep your eyes open, because surprises await: you may be offered a cookie, asked to dance by a courtier, or be solicited for coins by a friendly beggar.

Plymouth Church Boar's Head

After the medieval participants re-enact a feast (including a telling of the story of Good King Wenceslas), the stage is cleared for the second part of the performance: the story of the Christ Child. We see Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem and being turned away at the inn before finding shelter in the stable where Jesus is born.

The shepherds, angels and Magi all pay homage to the newborn King, concluding with a visit by the medieval characters as well. The feeling evoked as the entire cast bows to the baby in the manger is awesome, in the best and truest sense of the word.

Not to be overlooked is the music: a professional quality chorus and orchestra adds immensely to the feel of the pageant. From opening music by John Rutter and Gustav Holst to festival pieces such as “While All Things Were in Quiet Silence,” “Masters in This Hall” and “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol,” the music is first-rate and one of the best things about the Festival.

Tickets to the Boar’s Head Festival are free; the church considers the production its gift to the community. If you live within driving distance, I encourage you to attend this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying a piano is a big decision and a large investment. One of the first considerations is whether to buy an acoustic piano or its newer sibling, the digital piano.

What’s the Difference – Acoustic vs. Digital
An acoustic piano is the piano you knew growing up. It produces sound through a soundboard and strings which are hit by hammers when the keys are pressed. Acoustic pianos can be either the smaller upright type or larger grand pianos.

Digital pianos are electronic instruments. They have no soundboard, strings or hammers – they plug in and produce sounds electronically. Technicians choose samples of acoustic piano notes and store these digitally to sound when digital piano keys are pressed.

Digital Advantages
If your child wants to begin piano lessons, a digital piano can be a great choice. Digital pianos vary widely in price, but are generally quite a bit cheaper than acoustic pianos.

Digital pianos are also much lighter and easier to move than acoustic pianos. Have you ever tried moving an acoustic piano? I have many memories of my dad trying to round up 3 or 4 other men to help him move my acoustic piano into and out of various apartments I lived in. It weighed hundreds of pounds. If you plan to move frequently, this can be an important consideration.

Digital pianos, being digital, never go out of tune. I pay $100 or so annually to have my acoustic piano tuned, so over the years you can save quite a bit by avoiding this expense.

Digital pianos have many perks that you may enjoy. You can play with headphones, so that you won’t bother others with your music-making. You can also push buttons on your digital piano to make it sound like various other instruments. Many digital pianos have recording capability. They may have built-in metronomes as well to help you with rhythm.

boys playing piano

Acoustic Advantages
Having said all that, why would anyone buy an acoustic piano? Many reasons. Most seasoned musicians and purists would only consider acoustic pianos. Have you recently seen a philharmonic concert where the keyboard being used was digital? The interaction of the soundboard, strings and hammers in an acoustic piano is a complex process that produces a sound that most agree is much richer than that produced by digital models, although digital sound is improving. Additionally, acoustic pianos can blend many notes to create rich harmonies. Digital pianos suffer in comparison, with a limited number of sounds that can be heard simultaneously.

Acoustic pianos also have a different (most musicians would say a better) “feel” as well. The “touch” produced when one presses the keys on an acoustic piano differs from that used for a digital model. Digital pianos lack the ability to control volume by touch – they simply have a sliding volume control. This takes volume control – an important skill for pianists to learn – away from the pianist. Manufacturers are working on improving this aspect of digital pianos, but they still have a way to go.

Acoustic pianos hold their value much better than digital. While an acoustic piano can become a family heirloom, digital models tend to lose their value quickly once a newer model comes out.

Digital or Acoustic?
As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to both digital and acoustic pianos. Consider your situation and needs to make the best decision for you.