This evening, at the prompting of my dad, I sat down and attempted to play a song on the piano without my music. It was a horrible feeling. I am one that likes the security of the music before me on the piano, and when it was gone, IT. WAS. SCARY.
I suddenly had to stop depending on my eyes and start depending on my ears. When I lost my place I couldn't scramble to find it on the music and retrieve my dignity. THERE WERE NO PAGES TO TURN.
Anyway, this experience has opened my eyes to a very important fact. When I am done learning and playing all that accompaniment music, I need to start attempting to memorize some music.
It would be really cool to be able to sit down at any piano, anywhere, and just play a song -- no music, no nothing, just me and the piano and the (hopefully) beautiful sounds flowing out. Memorizing also opens the door to improvisation, another art which I have yet to master.
Anyway, this was kind of an exciting revelation...I will keep you all posted on all future memorization attempts, which I will most likely start next month.