This week's winners:
Said Chopin, when asked to report
Why all of his pieces were short
"My head's fairly buzzin'
with etudes by the dozen
But to start a sonata takes thought"
Ko Vladimir i whakatangi
I te piana ki ake te rangi.
Tino kaha te haruru
Puta noa te motu
I rangona i te tawhiti hāngī.
Vladimir played the piano up to the sky.
So loud was the sound throughout the land
It was heard at a distant hāngī.
A woman from Auckland said "Jeez,
when I play the piano, I freeze.
It's not just a scale
Or a tune makes me fail,
it's the fact there are so many keys!"
My fingers once danced on the keys
A beautiful girl thus to please
But when at the end
It was 'thumbs down my friend'
I sank with despair to my knees
"As a teen, 'Fur Elise' was a chore,
Beatles and others came to the fore,
Now a Senior Cit,
Wish I'd practiced a bit,
As I find I love Beethoven more!"
Some jazz pianists tinkle and plunk
Like they and their fingers were drunk,
But for sound that's unique
With prodigious technique
There's none like Thelonious Monk.