An amateur adult online piano student of mine had his scheduled lesson the other day and told me that he was practicing his piece very slowly (so as to get it right) while the plumber was working on some dripping pipes. The plumber exclaimed that it was the saddest version of Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies he had ever heard. My student responded that he was simply relieved that the piece was even recognized!
I like students who keep chipping away at getting better at the piano and can smile at themselves. It’s the healthiest combo, really.