In "Piano," the narrator finds himself in a setting where a woman is singing, accompanied by piano. This sound stirs something within his soul, and he is suddenly transported back in time to his childhood.
Many find this true about the power of music—its ability to trigger memories and emotions. This is certainly true for the narrator, and he not only remembers sitting under the piano at home but also remembers his own mother playing for him. He remembers her smile and how the music also stirred something within her, a joy that made her "smile as she [sang]." The narrator felt both emotionally and physically connected to his mother as she played; he was literally pressing her feet as she created this thing of beauty for him.
In the present, the narrator suddenly longs to be back in this scene, to feel that warmth and the serene joy the music created on these evenings at home. He notes that the music kept "winter outside," metaphorically creating a barrier...
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