—by Liana Alpino
On a seemingly normal Saturday night, I showed up to a wedding to perform for a ceremony. I set up, tuned, warmed up, and was ready to begin the prelude music. As I began to settle into the beautiful opening of “A Thousand Years,” I heard a wrong note. I checked to see if I played the wrong chord—nope. I checked to see if I had the wrong pedal setup—nope. I then noticed that my F pedal was looking a little off and upon further inspection realized it wasn’t moving properly. Either a mechanism on my pedal had come apart or I had broken a pedal rod!