First Person To Show Me How To Play The Piano

Every once in a while, someone will ask me, “How did you learn to play like that?” Well, I really don’t have a good answer. I honestly don’t know, but I’m forever grateful because it is a God given talent. If I didn’t play the piano to express myself, I think I’d probably end up in the mental institution at some point in my life. I really do. Writing music is my escape from life, and how I express how I feel about things going on. Even though there are no words, each song to me represents how I feel about something in life, that I would never be able to express the right way with words. So, yeah if I didn’t have that I’d probably go nuts.

baby piano hand picBut, I do remember my grandmother attempting to teach me how to play a simple song on the piano when I was about 5 (she passed away when I was 9). She told me she wrote the song. I still remember it to this day, and really, it wasn’t a song…more like playing chords one note at a time, but I still think of it as her song. We called her Grammy and she was probably the first one to recognize that I loved music and maybe had potential to do something with it in my life, and she was the first who encouraged me to play. She died when I was young, so I don’t have too many memories of her, but I know she loved music and believed in me.


Here is a pic of her and my sister. This isn’t the best pic but keep in mind this was taken over 30 years ago, way before everyone had a good camera.

grammy pic

My grandmother and my baby sister. Taken about 32 years ago.










So, thanks Grammy! I wish she was alive today so I could thank her for believing in me. I also wonder what she would have thought of my 4 kids. I know she would have loved them very much.

music notes for grammy postPS-Also just a quick update on my piano songs–I finished one and just have to record it. I’m just trying to find the time to do that, and it just hasn’t happened yet. I also just started writing a new one that’s just in the beginning stages, but I think it will be a good one.

Also, a while ago, I also started writing songs that were lullaby-sounding that people could play for their babies/toddlers at bedtime. I still want to finish these songs and record the cd, but lately I haven’t been able to finish writing these songs. The songs I’ve been writing now just don’t have that kind of lullaby feeling to it. But, just wanted to let you guys know that I haven’t forgotten about this project though!

Thanks again to all of you who continue to listen to my songs! All songs can be found in the music player on the right side of the screen. I also have a few songs available for download here.

-Lindsay Della Vella


Photo credits-sixninepixels at and Stuart Miles at

About ldellavella

Lindsay Della Vella BS, COC is the founder and owner of Midnight Medical Coding. Our goal is to provide education to diagnostic radiology coders.
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6 Responses to First Person To Show Me How To Play The Piano

  1. John Spadaro says:

    Love you – Grammy was 100% right. God bless you for sharing your talent – I listen all the time. Make me a song call it “the taxi guy”


  2. Linda Sheridan says:

    Wow! Lucky you. Your Grammy is with you in spirit-that’s what I believe! I always wanted to be able to fluidly play and sing along, like Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. I love Maybe I’m amazed!
    I never even tried to read a note of music. Goddess speed to you and your music.
    Love, SMD’s Momma


  3. Janice says:

    LIn-did your music make it to Hallmark station? YOur writings are wonderful too!!!


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