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GLASGOW - PIANO CITY: Pianos everywhere in Glasgow, and anyone can just walk up and play! A great initiative by the city - I wonder if Andy Gilllespie or Mick MacNeil will show up? www.glasgowpianocity.org
Meanwhile I should dig out mine (pic) from the bottom of the garden. Obviously it's been a while since I played!
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GLASGOW - PIANO CITY: Pianos everywhere in Glasgow, and anyone can just walk up and play! A great initiative by the city - I wonder if Andy Gilllespie or Mick MacNeil will show up? http://www.glasgowpianocity.org
Meanwhile I should dig out mine (pic) from the bottom of the garden. Obviously its been a while since I played!

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Do you have a fave piano tune? I do like this!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg-0DFNTBm0

My boy dug out his old keyboard 6 months ago and started playing and teaching himself songs as if he had never done anything else! Since then he has already played the concert wing and sang live on stage 3 times with some friends with his very own arrangements etc., solo as well. No tutor or teacher involved. I'm so proud of him, I might go and get him a piano for his 18th birthday next month :-0

Well, I have to share another memory from Bridlington, really. This piano was down the road a bit from the Spa. I had been in the town mere moments when this young girl sidled up to me and said, "Excuse me (wonderfully polite!)...would you like to come over to the piano and watch me and my friend play it? (She could not have been any older than 10. Neither was the boy she was with). As strange as a request it seemed I said (with a little trepidation) "Erm...ok". "Oh that's good!", she says "you're the first person in AGES who has said yes. I am careful who I ask. I don't ask old guys because, you know, 'stranger danger' and that." And then proceeds to walk off and ask an elderly guy to come join us (he refused...phew). It really was the oddest thing...but so sweet. And I kept looking about for them after we parted ways, but ended up losing sight of them. Bridlington has so many wonderful moments attached to it. That encounter being one of the bizarrest yet wonderful.

I just Love that picture, its like music turns anything dead Alive with the beautiful color green around the piano and that white little flower. A favorite piano the one in big sleep. ❤❤❤ Benny and the jets 😊

What a sad end to such a beautiful instrument, Jim. 🙁 My favourite is Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, because it was a piece of music I was able to play at a very tender age. Alas, I wish I still could!

I only got up to grade 5 piano, a big regret of mine. It's still at my mums house though, not a garden ornament like yours 🎹.

This photo begs the question. Why is the piano in your back garden? Favourite piano piece? Frederick Chopin : Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, from the film 'The Pianist'. Exquisite.

The piano at the end of Uncertain Smile by The The played by Jools Holland. Love it.

Wouldn't it be great to stroll past Chic Murray playing as in Gregory's Girl? What a player!

Ťhank you for sharing Jim Something for my son and I to do through the sunmer

Same thing in Paris summer 2015.. My daughter Isabella playing a tune.. My favorite.. Wim Mertens - Close cover

Every time I'm at St Pancras in London I can't resist having a quick go at the piano break in Alive and Kicking. Give me another 10 years and I might be able to actually play it....

Book of brilliant things live at Ahoy 1985-my fave piano-Micheal McNeil playing too -spine tingling

Hunter and the Hunted instrumental. Would be awesome

Makes me immediately think of this beautiful, emotional film and soundtrack "The Piano"!

Should pop up and play chopsticks!!

Well there was a piano outside Gloria Jeans at Gosford but i think someone actually pinched it. It is Gosford though....

Listen to Visions Latest Piano Idea by The Lost Soul Project #np on #SoundCloud soundcloud.com/the-lost-soul-project/visions-latest-piano-idea here a forgot about my we idea from a couple of years back....mcneil inspired a think.....

Oh dear Jim, that's a shame that poor grand ole piano...looks like it's leaves for keys there...maybe the tune would be Greenleaves! 🙂 Ahem are we going to see you play a piano (maybe not the one above), on the next tour? 😉

That one looks like it might be a touch out of tune.

Boss photo, that would make a good CD cover.

Sounds to me like MacNeil and Gillespie are preparing something ...

SM in the key of Life!!!

Great pic though 🙂

Home sweet home...

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FROM POSTCARD TO VIDEO JOURNALS! Times change and methods change with it. This we know!
Somewhere in the attic of my parents house is a box of postcards that I sent to them throughout our first years of touring. They were always delighted to receive them and it was, to be frank, the only way to keep in touch and let them know how Simple Minds were doing. I did send the odd letter but there was never really much time to sit around and write. These were of course pre internet and mobile phone days, plus calling from overseas back then unfortunately was way too expensive and certainly outside of our affordability.
I'm not sure which one they treasured most? But I recall they had one that both Charlie and I had sent all the way from somewhere near the Nepal-Tibet border.
What were we doing at the Tibet border? Well, we had broken from a world tour, landed in India....and uh.....let's just say that one thing led to another!
Cherisse Osei probably does not send postcards, and almost no one does really these days. Cherisse however has documented her (and our) travels during the recent Acoustic Tour, posting them online in various segments over the last months.
I know that many fans would like to thank her for her time and effort. We all would!
I reckon she made some great little films and you can check her latest - No 6 - right here!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbtdeyd5UCY&feature=youtu.be
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FROM POSTCARD TO VIDEO JOURNALS! Times change and methods change with it. This we know!
Somewhere in the attic of my parents house is a box of postcards that I sent to them throughout our first years of touring. They were always delighted to receive them and it was, to be frank, the only way to keep in touch and let them know how Simple Minds were doing. I did send the odd letter but there was never really much time to sit around and write. These were of course pre internet and mobile phone days, plus calling from overseas back then unfortunately was way too expensive and certainly outside of our affordability.
Im not sure which one they treasured most? But I recall they had one that both Charlie and I had sent all the way from somewhere near the Nepal-Tibet border. 
What were we doing at the Tibet border? Well, we had broken from a world tour, landed in India....and uh.....lets just say that one thing led to another!
Cherisse Osei probably does not send postcards, and almost no one does really these days. Cherisse however has documented her (and our) travels during the recent Acoustic Tour, posting them online in various segments over the last months. 
I know that many fans  would like to thank her for her time and effort. We all would!
I reckon she made some great little films and you can check her latest - No 6 - right here! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbtdeyd5UCY&feature=youtu.be

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This is a much treasured postcard I received from Scotland in 1990 from my 'best-SM-fan' friend. It says "one day we'll return here" love it ❤️

I still send postcards - I had to with those David Bowie ones...they went everywhere. I still have some because I ended up with a double lot. I find them lovely mementos and snap shots. I meant to grab some in Dublin and send them out to friends, but my brain was fried by the Friday and it completely slipped my mind. One postcard was sent from there though... And I have been loving watching Cherisse's modern day postcards. She's a gem, that girl!

Yes, times have changed. My oldest son is in India at the moment, attending a wedding! He is sending photos on WhatsApp. e.g He's bowling cricket balls to the local kids. No postcards. He wouldn't know what a postcard was!

It's great to be able to still send and receive postcards. It seems an old-fashioned thing to do, but being on the receiving end is to be appreciated. The fact that someone has taken the trouble to write it to you and that such a little card may have endured its travel half-way around the world. You may see some beautiful view of a place never to be experienced and to read what exciting thing has happened to them. And, of course, the stamp from the same country may be equally as interesting. It's history-making in its own form. My oldest family postcard is from 1900. And to just write the name and the village was enough for it to get to the right person in those days! 🙂

Aww, that brought back memories to me too! When I lived in Germany, I used to send postcards to my mum, dad and ma wee granny whenever I visited a new place! They STILL have them all too. One thing I noticed was how different my handwriting was back then. I love reading through them ,I recall everything about that particular place, sights, smells etc,even recalling what I wore and what perfume I was wearing!!! Digital age is all very well and good but ye can't beat a good ole rake through a memory box full of nostalgia.. go and drag them out the loft and enjoy!! Happy Sunday 💛 x

No matter where I go, no matter how many times I've there before, even if I stay just one night, I always send a postcard to my mum. She's got a very colourful collection, partly thanks to SM ;). It's getting incredibly difficult to get hold of postcards - most look like they've been printed in the 80s - never mind stamps, but luckily Belgian Mail has a handy app that lets you send photos as postcards. No doubt there's a few JK's hanging amongst the postcards in Belgian living rooms ;).

Great memories, I remember the hundreds of postcard and letters I wrote during school time, living or traveling around the world, I know that also my mom keeps them somewhere at home, but was my grandmother the happiest person receiving them 💖 Brava Cherisse is always a joy looking at your videos, grazie xx

I just came back from New Zealand and Australia five months ago and have to admit that between using my phone and Facebook, it's so much easier and can go into so much more detail than you ever could with a post card. I remember going to Disney World in 1983 and my parents making me spend an entire night writing post cards. For one, my hand cramped up from being so tired of writing and how many different ways are you going to say the same thing between 20-30 post cards?

Yes, many and thanks to her, it's been wonderful following all of y'all, even KT and Catherine! I still send a few postcards from my travels. Everyone loves " snail mail", it shows that you stopped for a sec and concentrated on them. I usually write the same quirky thing " The weather is here, wish you were beautiful" 😂😂😂

Wow I could just imagine how intensely exciting it was for your mum and dad to open the mail box and get those post cards from you. It is treasure to have wonderful sons. Cherisse Osei is a special lady in my heart that she took the time and editing for all the episodes she made of your tour making me thankful from the bottom of my heart. Old school is nice but being able to have a little phone in your hand that practically holds the whole world at your finger tips is far better especially because we have simple minds official 😊❤ but I wouldn't stop sending post cards, why not do it all send post cards send letters and use all the great things we have on line. I love watching the episode 6. Thank you 😙

The mailbox these days just doesn't have the allure it had back in the late 80's and early 90's. Had a few pen pals, here in OZ and abroad in France and Germany, who were very keen on The Minds and we'd share newspaper clippings, cassettes, magazines articles, fanizes, postcards and cassettes. So things weren't instantaneous as it is now with the internet. Given the opportunity to see something on line when the chance to be there personally isn't an option due to distance etc, is amazing. Enjoying the video journals, great insight on touring in general, looking forward to seeing more.

Those postcards are priceless treasures! I've won a contest (from the Belgian mail) with this collage, created with bits of torn papers and stamps. I'm sending my love to all of you <3

This is awesome on so many levels! I have a collection of my simple Minds tickets through the years! The only things that survived my dad's clear out of the loft!

Loved sending postcards, my favourite sent to my Mum just had a giant K on it - so she guessed I was having such a good time, I didn't have the time to write! Cherisse's video diary has been a great watch, enjoyed each and every one.

I loved the videos that Cherisse posted they were amazing.... i used to write airmail letters to my Aunty. I wonder if they sill sell them at the post office. I used to hate having to lick the top and sides after folding them yuk.

Here is my modest but cherished little collection of SM post cards. Could do with some more up-to-date ones! And my thanks also to Cherisse for her great video diaries - more please! 🙂

I still send postcards, which often arrive after I make it home! But my young daughters love them, even ones sent from Melbourne to Brisbane.

Happy memories which spring to life when you see and read old postcards again. Agree with Philip they would make a great album cover! Have loved Cherisse's video diaries ❤️

Thank you Cherisse, the video diary's have been really great to see. 🙂 I still think post card's are a lovely thing, even if the world is more techno nowdays. 🙂

JK - get them postcards outta the attic..... would make a design for the new album cover 😉 ... and yes Ms. O's talents are endless.

R. Todd Richards, you were just speaking of what a wonderful documentation of the tour Cherisse did on this tour and indeed, it gives us a peak behind the curtain

Thinking of sending one back from Lanzarote after reading this. Plus they make good pictures of holiday memories. JD

True..times change ..but Simple Minds ever with us ..40 splendidi years insieme

Humm humm... Where did this very old case have travelled to...?!?

I normally collect coins and stamps. Recently moved on to postcards 😃.

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