While you write, imagine a piece of writing as a piano.

A piano makes some kind of sound. The point of a piano isn’t the piano itself, but the sound it can make. Nevertheless, the shape of the piano is determined by the shape of the sound it makes, and the shape of the sound is determined by the shape of the piano that makes it. The shape of the sound causes the shape of the piano, and the shape of the piano causes the shape of the sound.

While you write, imagine a piece of writing as a piano, and imagine that the piano comes first, and the sound follows. Every moment of the production of the piano calls for the sound.

The planting and felling of the trees call for the sound. The splitting of the wood into equal thicknesses, and their curing and their treating calls for it. Their conditioning in a drying room for several weeks calls for it. The glueing together, clamping, setting and unclamping of the strips of wood call for it. The glueing of wooden struts to the inside of the rim calls for it. The fixing of the tension resonator inside the rim calls for it, and its tightening with steel turnbuckles calls for it. The drilling of regular holes through the pin-block calls for it. The positioning and then fixing of the treble and bass bridges onto the soundboard calls for it, and the notching and lubricating of the bridges calls for it. The hoisting of the cast iron plate over the soundboard calls for it. The glueing of the ribs over the soundboard, and their individual clamping in place until they’re fixed calls for it. The mechanically automated tapering of the end of each rib calls for it. The counterbalancing of each hammer’s weight with one or more lead bolts calls for it. The drilling of the lead bolts into the underside of each key, and then the flattening of the bolts call for it. The weighting of each key in relation to its hammer calls for it. The parallel alignment of the hammers calls for it. The tapering and sanding of the end of each hammer calls for it. The tightening of the strings of each key in relation to the tension of the strings around them calls for it. The pressure of the fingertip on the key calls for it.

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