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So, I guess I'm a lobby pianist!
#571209 04/18/08 06:58 PM
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Tonight I played for an hour and a half at the Seafood Buffet at a fancy retirement home resturaunt. The lady who called me to play gave me a pretty generous donation to my "grand fund" for my playing there.

I love playing out because it's so much better than what the other 15 year olds have to do (bagboys, bussboys). I love to do this, and to get money for it?! Amazing.

The only thing that really caught me by surprise was the ammount of people that would come talk to me while I was playing and ask me questions about me, my playing, or the music.

About the music: I played a variety for these people. Alot of them are retired military so I went through all of the service themes in their progression (caisons, anchors, marine, air force). So many older men came up and patted me on the back and sang.

When I played "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca, I had 4 people say "PLAY IT AGAIN SAM!" after I started.

I played some classical stuff too, some Scarlatti Sonatas, some Ginastera, and a little Rachmaninoff.

They loved show tunes. Anything from broadway or old movies seemed to do the trick.

I think I played fast or something. I had about 30 songs in my binder, but It only took me about and hour and 10 minutes to get through them. That's where I broke out the improv! the cannon, and some chord progressions worked very well.

The most exciting thing was my towns local elderly pianst who has all the connections came to talk to me. She asked me to take a break and talk to her in a few minutes. She said I played with alot of passion (she wiped away a few tears which surprised me!) some of the best classical (although I played very little) music shes heard in a while. She sat and listened to me for about an hour! She wanted to talk to me about a scholorship that she gives to musicians... a scholoship....TO INTERLOCHEN!!! She wrote down alot of information about the camp. She said I had a VERY good chance in getting it *wink*. My teacher studied and taught there for years so I know a little about that camp. I told the local pianist that I'd have to ask my mom about this first, she replied "tell your mom, you need to go there".

Interlochen is a dream of mine. Going would be amazing.

Playing in a lobby was very very nice. I'm looking foward to the excitement again soon!

Matt

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How cool! Interlochen!!! I'm jealous!


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This experience must have been wonderful. And this kind of positive feedback is worth its weight in gold. I hope the Interlochen thing works out for you.

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What a great experience!


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Yeah I think it's too late for Interlochen this summer, most of the acceptance letters have already been delivered. Maybe something for next summer though.

Matt

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Matt, I am *so* impressed. wow To do what you did with such poise at the age of 15 is truly impressive. If I had people coming up and slapping me on the back and asking me questions while I was trying to play, I'd have been a basket case!

I hope you can turn this into a regular gig. You are right; it's MUCH better than "do you want fries with that?" laugh

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Im jelous much.


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Wow Matt, I've been wondering how your gigs were going. It's great to hear that every thing is going well.

Now record yourself so you can post in the next ABF recital!

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Nice work Matt - I'm sure the people you play for there at the retirement home really appreciate your efforts - you seem to have an amazingly broad repertoire for someone of your age, which is very impressive.

I'd like to be able to do the same thing some day, but by the time I get good enough to play for folks in a retirement home I'll be one of the residents myself! wink

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Networking works! Playing at retirement homes is satisfying enough if you are sensible and choose the sort of music you did - Broadway, 40s hits, and so forth. Nothing is so rewarding as knowing your audience and giving them something they will like, including a bit of classical. You both earned and deserve the scholarship to Interlochen if it comes your way.

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It's nice to see your hard work pay off, right. smile

Just keep it up. There is a long way ahead of you, and it won't include lobbies. wink

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It's nice to see your hard work pay off, right. smile

Just keep it up. There is a long way ahead of you, and it won't include lobbies. wink
Thanks! I got invited back to play 2 more times next month and a few of the ladies there asked me when my next recital dates were for "that classical music". laugh

Matt

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I was delighted to see this thread. Auntie can tell you from a lifetime on the boards that money may not be everything, but it's way ahead of whatever's in second place. Love makes the world go 'round but money greases the wheels. Money may not buy you love as the Beatles say, but it buys freedom, choice, opportunity, etc. etc. BTW, I didn't see any of the Beatles turning down any pounds sterling...

The Serious Old Money in this area rushes to sponsor new talent, as does the New Silicon Valley $$.

The More the Merrier...

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Good deal, Matt. The good news is that you have them listening. The bad news is that you can't play the same pieces over and over and over again. Because they are listening. You need to mix new stuff in every time you play for them. Particularly the non-classical stuff. At least this music is easier to learn.

Enjoy.

You can do it. We know that you can.

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Wow, that's so cool! Good for you.

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That's amazing. I've thought about going to Interlochen, but it's completely out of my reach. This is a perfect opportunity to live out your dream.

It's great that you've had the opportunity to perform at places like the restaurant. I hope you have more in the future.

Best of luck!

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I think that your choice of music for the setting is very thoughtful and that is what I find very impressive. You gave something to and shared something with those people, not just showed them what you can do! So, just for that, I think you are totally COOL!


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Congratulations!! smile

Apart from the joy you gave to the public in general, it was beautiful to read about the tears in the elderly pianist. Perhaps she saw in you a kind of "heir" in the community, and saw the beauty of new talents rising high whilst the old ones gently retire in the background and will, on eday, take leave, it must be like really noticing spring for the first time.

You might want to try to organise regular classical music evenings for the folks, I think most of them would be pleased to venture a bit further away than the show tunes probably more familiar to most of them.

Congratulation again: 15 years, very well employed.. smile


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Congratulations from me too, Matt! smile ...and I'm also jealous wink

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