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July 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

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Keyed in on music


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Yolanda Kilgore, 24, sings and plays a piano in Cal Anderson Park on July 21, 2014. Kilgore, a self-taught piano player, learned to play piano by watching musicians at church. After aging out of foster care, Kilgore said she's experienced homelessness and living in transitional housing. The public pianos allow her access to play and share her gift with others, she said. Her tattoo, "loyalty is everything," is a lyric often used in her songwriting. "I love being able to allow my emotions to flow from the soul, out through the hands and into the piano and then this gorgeous, gorgeous sound comes out," she said. From July 17 to August 17 around 20 decorated pianos will be placed around Seattle-area parks. The Pianos in the Parks partnership, underwritten by Laird Norton Wealth Management, is a collaboration between King County Parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Symphony, Gage Academy of Art, City of Music, KEXP and Classic Pianos.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Yolanda Kilgore, 24, sings and plays a piano in Cal Anderson Park.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Angelina Guo, 4, of Beijing, plays a variety of songs-including 'Mary Has a Little Lamb' and 'Old McDonald,' at Westlake Park.

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