Music Memory Lane

I had to get the music book and a stand for Son. I headed to Alan’s Music.

This is one of those stores you hope will never move or be torn down, because it’s nearly exactly the same as when you were little. The lettering hasn’t changed. The hard to navigate parking lot hasn’t changed. Even the people working there haven’t changed.

I’ve been coming here since I was around 6 or 8. My brother took piano here, and I began when I was 10.

The downstairs is a warren of rooms, doors closed, music of varying qualities coming out.

They put the horn players upstairs away from everyone.

I spent every Wednesday evening here from when I was 10 to 16, taking piano lessons.

Anyway, I half expected there to be a time vortex when I walked into the store. I saw Alan, who was gray-haired when I was little. His son does most of the business. “I remember your face,” he said to me when I told him I used to take lessons. He asked my maiden name and said he remembered my parents.

I guess a lot of people like me come in. Now buying music for their own children.

There aren’t too many stores like this left. I’m just happy Wal-Mart doesn’t sell musical instruments or lessons.


Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

4 thoughts on “Music Memory Lane

  1. dear Margaret
    thank you for a wonderful book i cant wait til you write another one. i am not very good at writing for spelling. but this was very good, i am a 53 year old women, missed out on a lot in life. should of took reading more serious in my early years. i walked to barnes and noble to purchase a book a seen yours, read the back of the cover and bought it. i am glad i did. just wanted to tell how much i enjoyed it.
    thank you

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