By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
My organist shoes doesn't fit me anymore.
I bought them from organmastershoes 11 years ago before leaving Nebraska after our doctoral studies.
They were very convenient and durable for me for a long time. Size 7 (Medium) - that's what I usually wore.
Recently, though, I discovered they are about half size too small and too narrow.
Perhaps my foot has swollen with time.
So yesterday I ordered a new pair (Mary Jane, black, size 7.5 wide). We'll see if they'll fit.
For now I've been playing with thick winter socks from wool with a special leather sole. But no heel.
Not perfect, I know.
Last Saturday, I experimented in playing with my winter shoes on during our recital (don't recommend to anybody this experience). I had to struggle quite a bit to find the right pedals in Heinrich Scheidemann's Canzona.
Through all the worries about hitting the correct pedals, I barely had time to enjoy the incredible sweetness of this music.
Now I can do this at least while listening to the recording.
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Don't have an organ at home?
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