Retired Moline couple shares their music with coffee shop listeners

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In the ever-changing tune of time, sometimes the time for things we'd like to do gets pushed aside.

"He bought a piano for us when we were first married and so I played a little bit,  but I worked a lot and I had children so it was a busy time," said Suzanne Maccall.

"I stopped for a long time," added Tom Maccall.

Mr. Maccall was a teacher for 33 years. His wife, Suzanne, was a John Deere employee for 30 years.  Married for 46 years and now retired, they're making time, together, to concentrate on the thing they pushed aside.

"I had tons of old sheet music and I loved discovering these old songs.  They were really beautiful," said Mrs. Maccall.

"No matter whether you're down or what kind of mood you're in when you go to the piano, it touches you. It's just you," said Mr. Maccall.

They practice the piano in their living room, but perform--in thirty minute shifts--right next to the coffee at Dead Poet's Espresso in Moline every Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"A component of playing an instrument is getting used to the people, getting in front of somebody and pouring yourself out to the listener," said Mr. Maccall.

Sitting in the front row every time they play is their biggest fan, Roy.

"They don't write music like that anymore. Where can you go in the Quad Cities to hear real people play a real piano? The songs take me back," said Roy.

"We've gotten to know a lot of friends and they'll come in and just listen sometimes," said Mr. Maccall.

"Oh yes, oh, it's been great. We have some people that say they're going to start taking lessons again that their motivated, some of them will reminisce about a certain time when I play a certain song," said Mrs. Maccall.

The couple sharing their music with others and making up for lost time.

"It's never too late to start," said Mr. Maccall.

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