That might be what folks along Main Street here
in Nashua, NH could be saying from spring until
fall, even without piano player Sam*.
Because as of this past weekend, there are 2 publicly
playable pianos downtown.
The pianos were painted by local artists and placed in two downtown locations for anyone to play and
enjoy at anytime.
The Nashua Street Pianos project is supported by the City of Nashua,
local businesses and individuals.
The pianos will stay outdoors from May to October with maintenance and tuning twice a month. Business sponsors will help cover the pianos during inclement weather.
The Nashua Street Piano Project was inspired by British artist Luke Jerram’s internationally touring “Play Me, I’m
Yours” street pianos project which has placed nearly 1,500 pianos in over 50 cities worldwide since its 2008 start.
Along with the pianos, there's also some temporary public art projects on downtown streets.
The art was provided by ARTventures Nashua.
This public art program facilitates temporary art projects, performances, and special events that create
a fun environment for downtown shopping, dining, culture and entertainment.
ART ventures is funded by the City of Nashua Downtown Improvement Committee. The art is created from everyday recycled items.
* "Play it again, Sam" has become one of the most misquoted lines in filmdom. Yet, the line is never spoken in the film, Casablanca.
Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) asks piano player, Sam (Dooley Wilson)
to “Play it once, Sam, for old times’
sake.” When he hesitates she says, “Play it, Sam.”
Later, in an exchange between Sam and Rick (Humphrey
Bogart) Rick says:You played it for her,
you can play it for me” and “If she
can stand it, I can. Play it.”