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Posted By: daoc2009 having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 02:43 AM
hiya,

im a hobby pianist who just likes to play, but having a problem at the moment.
recently where i work (retirement home) got hold of a decent piano actually,

but nearly every time i go and play the staff in that area, always wants me to stop, she even admits she just doesnt like it, no matter what i play.
no one else in the home is capable of playing to any kind of fairly good level.

im playing just collection of well known classics like beethoven moonlight 1st, brahms intermezzi, a few chopin preludes, schumann kinderzenen selections. schubert. whats not to like?
the staff just arent interested, anything i can do?

kind of dissapointing because i want to brighten the place up with music
Posted By: leel Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 02:54 AM
And what about the residents? Have they complained or have they enjoyed it?

It would appear that the individual in question enjoys throwing their weight around, regardless of what the residents might like.

Try a little informal survey of said residents, and see what their opinions are. Surely they should have some say in what they listen to. If favorable, present them to the party pooper.

And another thing: where is management in all this?
Posted By: AssociateX Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 02:55 AM
Maybe they are not liking how you play those pieces?
Posted By: dogperson Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 05:41 AM
Why don’t you change the music you play? It is really not necessary to brighten lives with classical: play a little Cole Porter, Joplin, Gershwin, Beatles, great American Standards, Broadway show tunes. . More of the residents will enjoy it as well; while all of them will also not like classical, either, they will not necessarily complain, as they see any staff as in a position of authority.

We love Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin...... but that is not universal. Play to your audience.
Posted By: daoc2009 Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 06:53 AM
thanks for the suggestions, maybe some of my selections are considered too high brow for a residential home, will have to learn some different stuff perhaps too, thanks guys.
but how can people just sort of dismiss such beauties as brahms 117 no 2 or rachmaninoff?

oh yeah, nearly all the staff there have only heard of mozart and some of them think beethoven is that dog from the film, not the composer...

i guess most people have no music education like at all, though, i try to explain a bit but its one of those things if you dont play the piano, it just goes over them.

the residents in the main have enjoyed it though to be honest.

its just that when ive been to concerts, alot of people of 70+ go and hear pieces by Brahms and Schumann,
typically paitents in care homes dont get the chance to see actual concert repertoire so i am providing that chance i was thinking.
Posted By: Mark_C Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 06:56 AM
Grammar is a problem up there. grin

Really!

Nobody mentioned it yet, but you weren't clear about whether it's 1 person who objected, or multiple. At first it seems like the latter, but then you say "she," which sounds like just 1 person.

What's the story about that?
If it's just one person, screw that -- it doesn't matter. Maybe find out how other people are reacting. If many or most of the people are fine with what you're doing, then of course it's fine.

If it's multiple people, then maybe try to find out more. Is it the kinds of pieces you play? Maybe it's that they want music that's more upbeat or rhythmic, which I can well imagine. BTW that wouldn't necessarily be a thing of classical vs. non-classical.

One of the posts said that maybe it's how you play, not what you're playing. Of course that's a delicate issue, and if that's what it is, they might not say it directly and of course you wouldn't be thrilled to hear it, but really, it's best for us to be ready for the possibility that it's that, and to be ready to read between the lines for it. It wouldn't mean you don't play well, maybe just that your kind of playing isn't for that setting. But I'm thinking more likely it's the kind of repertoire.


Addendum: Sometimes it's just or mainly that they feel they've heard the same kind of thing too much. I remember, years ago when my I was with my family at a hotel for the summer, there was a waiter or something who happened to be a terrific flutist -- I mean really excellent. The hotel had sort of talent show once a week, and the first couple of times, this guy played a few minutes of solo flute stuff at them. The third time, when he was announced, a bunch of us kids (none of the adults, I don't think) went "Awwwwwwww!" The emcee gave us a shocked look and asked, don't we think he's good? One kid, speaking accurately for the group, said "Yeah, but we've heard him so many times." (Even though it was different pieces each time.) It looked like the flute guy's feelings were hurt, which would have been understandable, and he didn't play at any more of those shows. I felt bad for him, but I have to admit, I didn't mind that he didn't play again.
Posted By: dogperson Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 07:07 AM
You are posting this on a classical piano forum, but even here, you will find that tastes in composers vary.... some don’t like Chopin, some don’t like Brahms or Beethoven. None of us should expect what we consider to be beautiful to be a universal opinion. It is not a matter of not being ‘high brow’ enough. You are also assuming that many of the residents attended classical concerts. I find this doubtful.

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Posted By: bennevis Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 09:50 AM
Originally Posted by daoc2009

but nearly every time i go and play the staff in that area, always wants me to stop, she even admits she just doesnt like it, no matter what i play.
no one else in the home is capable of playing to any kind of fairly good level.

im playing just collection of well known classics like beethoven moonlight 1st, brahms intermezzi, a few chopin preludes, schumann kinderzenen selections. schubert. whats not to like?
the staff just arent interested, anything i can do?

kind of dissapointing because i want to brighten the place up with music

To expect staff working in a residential home in the UK to appreciate classical music is a bit of a stretch. (BTW, many years ago, when a young nurse - obviously not very well educated - heard a Chopin mazurka on the radio when I tuned it to Radio 3, she said: "Turn it off - that's concentration camp music!" The elderly Polish patient, for whose benefit I turned the radio on, said: "Please leave it on - it's the music of my homeland, and the Nazis detested it." She was Jewish and a Holocaust survivor, and had the tattoo on her arm.)

The piano is for the benefit of the residents, not the staff, so speak to the former - and the manager. Incidentally, play only tuneful pieces and don't play loudly.......

Someone mentioned the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter and the like - I'd stay clear of that stuff: it's not known, nor particularly liked in the UK (nor jazz in general).
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 11:07 AM
Originally Posted by bennevis
\To expect staff working in a residential home in the UK to appreciate classical music is a bit of a stretch. (BTW, many years ago, when a young nurse - obviously not very well educated - heard a Chopin mazurka on the radio when I tuned it to Radio 3, she said: "Turn it off - that's concentration camp music!" The elderly Polish patient, for whose benefit I turned the radio on, said: "Please leave it on - it's the music of my homeland, and the Nazis detested it." She was Jewish and a Holocaust survivor, and had the tattoo on her arm.)

The piano is for the benefit of the residents, not the staff, so speak to the former - and the manager. Incidentally, play only tuneful pieces and don't play loudly.......

Someone mentioned the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter and the like - I'd stay clear of that stuff: it's not known, nor particularly liked in the UK (nor jazz in general).

There is a slight possibility that the staff member talked to some of the residents and is asking on behalf of them without pointing them out. But I suspect it's just her.

Some people just don't like classical. I almost never play piano with others around and a few weeks ago, my housekeeper was cleaning and I said to myself, "what the heck" and played a few things on the piano. About 10 mins went by and when it was clear to her, I was not going to stop on my own, my housekeeper approached me in my own home and asked if I would stop because I was giving her a headache! 🤭
Posted By: joggerjazz Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 01:42 PM
I doubt it was your playing that they wanted you to stop. The staff most likely don't want to stir up the folks sadly to keep the peace.
I tuned a piano once in a nursing home. They lined up seats and wanted a concert. I played what I could from memory and staff where happy. Pretty dreary places. Music heals.
Posted By: pianoloverus Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 03:18 PM
Many people don't get or like classical music. I once took a very intelligent friend to a concert with the NY Philharmonic playing Beethoven's Triple Concerto and one of the Beethoven PC. He said the music was "cacophonous".
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 03:24 PM
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Many people don't get or like classical music. I once took a very intelligent friend to a concert with the NY Philharmonic playing Beethoven's Triple Concerto and one of the Beethoven PC. He said the music was "cacophonous".

There are even those, like my wife, who can go to classical concerts and listen to classical in certain contexts, but who can't do it when they are relaxing or doing certain activities (such as reading). For example, if I am in the car with my wife and I switch the radio station to classical, she will complain mightily.
Posted By: Animisha Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 03:36 PM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
There are even those, like my wife, who can go to classical concerts and listen to classical in certain contexts, but who can't do it when they are relaxing or doing certain activities (such as reading). For example, if I am in the car with my wife and I switch the radio station to classical, she will complain mightily.

I can enjoy jazz when I am in a pub during the evening, but that is the only time and place where that is possible. smile
Posted By: bennevis Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 03:40 PM
I've played classical music in all sorts of places - from airport departure lounges (and linking corridors) and cruise ships to hotel lobbies and restaurants and shopping malls and churches and stately homes and train/underground stations and 'street pianos' to......yes, hospitals and residential & nursing homes.

People who aren't interested just walk on by, but there are always some who stop and listen for a while before moving on, and others who stay......and even sometimes ask if I could play a specific piece. But nobody has ever asked me to stop.

Maybe I'm just lucky whistle, but I do take account of where I am when deciding what to play, and how long to play. No noisy/dissonant Ginastera or Prokofiev in hospitals and homes, for instance. But I never dumb down and play easy-listening rubbish or pop.
Posted By: Antihero Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 05:04 PM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by bennevis
\To expect staff working in a residential home in the UK to appreciate classical music is a bit of a stretch. (BTW, many years ago, when a young nurse - obviously not very well educated - heard a Chopin mazurka on the radio when I tuned it to Radio 3, she said: "Turn it off - that's concentration camp music!" The elderly Polish patient, for whose benefit I turned the radio on, said: "Please leave it on - it's the music of my homeland, and the Nazis detested it." She was Jewish and a Holocaust survivor, and had the tattoo on her arm.)

The piano is for the benefit of the residents, not the staff, so speak to the former - and the manager. Incidentally, play only tuneful pieces and don't play loudly.......

Someone mentioned the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter and the like - I'd stay clear of that stuff: it's not known, nor particularly liked in the UK (nor jazz in general).

There is a slight possibility that the staff member talked to some of the residents and is asking on behalf of them without pointing them out. But I suspect it's just her.

Some people just don't like classical. I almost never play piano with others around and a few weeks ago, my housekeeper was cleaning and I said to myself, "what the heck" and played a few things on the piano. About 10 mins went by and when it was clear to her, I was not going to stop on my own, my housekeeper approached me in my own home and asked if I would stop because I was giving her a headache! 🤭


Now that is ridiculous. I'm afraid I'd be tempted to remind them how many other service options exist.

Besides---The average decibel rating for an acoustic piano isn't even that high unless you're absolutely pounding away. I don't think you are as you seem very engaged with the piano from what I have read.

I'll offer that I have found that (sadly) that classical just doesn't resonate with the masses---even the college educated (American-U.S.A.) masses.

If I play Bohemian Rhapsody ears perk up. Anything classical---no animus----just utter disinterest.

FWIW this equally applies to streaming music as well.
Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 07:02 PM
I think everyone may have the wrong take on this. The staff could simply not want to hear ANY music. Maybe they are busy charting or administrating? Also, the facility may need put the piano in some other area.

Many people now are so used to "private listening" with ear buds to their own music collection on a smartphone that they don't know how to be musically polite and "open-eared," so to speak.

Plain ol' ignorance, rudeness, and reverse snobism are other things entirely. laugh
Posted By: rocket88 Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 07:41 PM
I have played many times in retirement homes. It is always a fun gig, and if you play the right music, usually very appreciated by staff and residents alike. But I was always in a situation where the administration hired me to play. So perhaps music is just not welcome when you are there.

Also, is the piano in tune? That could be the problem.

And, do other people like your playing? Do you have anyone (teacher, fellow musician) who can give you feedback?

In any case, I found that Classical, even light Classical, such as a Clementi Sonata, always gets a "meh" response. No one ever told me to stop, but I can judge an audience's reaction pretty well.

What people always seem to like:

* Old fashioned Hymns...(Amazing Grace, In the Garden, What a friend we have in Jesus) etc. (Don't play "I'll Fly Away")

* Selected light Classic Rock, such as Beatles (Hey Jude, "Imagine" yes I know its not Beatles, but many people think it is).

What people (staff and residents) always seem to love:

* Authenic old-school Blues (played somewhat at least correctly) and early roots music that is Blues based such as Fats Domino (Blueberry Hill)


Posted By: Iaroslav Vasiliev Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 07:56 PM
It's either your playing that they dislike or your repertoire. To test it out I'd recommend you to choose and play some very unobtrusive, nice and happy piece (maybe something from Debussy) and see the reaction.
Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 08:38 PM
I remember a documentary about the Cliburn Competition some years back. A bunch of competitors had bought cowboy hats and boots and went to a local bar where there was a spinet piano. They were invited to play, and a Russian guy launched into "The Yellow Rose of Texas." The reaction, if unsaid, seemed to indicate, "Oh, we hear that tired old song all the time, play something classical and impressive!" laugh

This was the early 90s and culture has slipped a bit since then. laugh
Posted By: johnstaf Re: having trouble please help! - 11/02/19 11:13 PM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

There are even those, like my wife, who can go to classical concerts and listen to classical in certain contexts, but who can't do it when they are relaxing or doing certain activities (such as reading). For example, if I am in the car with my wife and I switch the radio station to classical, she will complain mightily.


I'm a bit like that. Music demands my full attention, especially if it's music that I love. I was having dinner at a friend's house, and he put on a Mozart piano concerto. I couldn't stand it being background music. I asked him to put on something else. He's a good friend, and we respect each other's quirks, so he didn't mind. grin

If it's something like an opera that I don't know, it's fine.
Posted By: wszxbcl Re: having trouble please help! - 11/04/19 06:24 AM
I think it's a problem because you work there and they work there too.

They work there - they can't leave, they have to listen to your playing. No choice.

You work there - it's an on-going thing. It's not like you're passing through and only play one time.

Actually it's because I love classical piano that I choose what I listen to. I can sit through an amateur recital once in a while, but I wouldn't want to be forced to listen daily to even some professional musicians (no names!)

I'm just glad I don't have to work somewhere with music playing in the background all day. I run through my own music pieces in my head and I want to have a choice.

A solution for you could be to have a fixed piano playing hour. Say, Fridays at noon. More often if they agree to it. Not whenever you want to. This way people can plan accordingly. It's like being on a long road trip, not everyone in the car wants the radio on.
Posted By: Justoneguy Re: having trouble please help! - 11/05/19 10:53 PM
On average, here in the DC area, I play two retirement homes a week. I find the material the residents respond best to are the old singalong standards such as "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "When You Were Sweet Sixteen." Pop songs from the 30's and 40's also are well received. Right now, early rock and roll songs from the 50's, such as "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "To Know You is to Love You," are going over great. People sing along and occasionally get up and shag dance.
It's been my observation people like rhythm.
Posted By: Suzysue Re: having trouble please help! - 11/05/19 11:56 PM
Could it be the person complaining is thinking you are not doing your job and they might have to cover for you and it is not the quality of your playing? Maybe talk to you manger and make playing official part of your job.
Posted By: daoc2009 Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 07:22 AM
ok ok, thanks for the help guys,

i have talked to managnent and the piano is in the quietest area of the home, where there are only 7 rooms i only play once a week for half an hour usually on a friday, the activities lady brings paitents from other floors who like it too.

the carer who runs the floor where the piano is situated is asian, she admits she 'doesnt like that sort of stuff', she even closes the lounge door so she doesnt have to hear it, ok fine.

i dont play just 'anytime' just for fun because i am working the rest of the time.

even the big bosses who came in a while ago, thought it was a great idea, one of them when i started playing attracted there attention and got her phone out and taped me and thought i played 'beautifully'.

i think a large part of it is obviously 'regular people' just dont know enough about piano playing in general, its just not part of their lives. i understand that

i know people are working too but, being a bit of a musician though i find it very hard to grasp that how anyone can just ignore beautiful sound, it should attract your attention because of what your hearing is very beautiful and draw you in.

here a question, what are 'non music' folk actually hearing when somebody quite good plays?
, ok ive been trained and my ears pick up on little details and subtle changes in the music in order to shape it etc
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 10:48 AM
Originally Posted by daoc2009
here a question, what are 'non music' folk actually hearing when somebody quite good plays?
, ok ive been trained and my ears pick up on little details and subtle changes in the music in order to shape it etc

My daughter, whose tastes range around contemporary (pop, not classical) has made various derogatory comparisons of classical performance. For her, an opera aria (even by a world famous soprano) is 'screeching' and a classical piano sonata is percussive noise and 'makes her head hurt'.

So there's that. BTW, she's finishing her degree in healthcare and some day could be that lady who closes the door...

I think other responders, such as Justoneguy above, are right. In your environment, you need to stick with pop from prior eras. 30's-60's mostly. The nostalgic pop of the residents when they were first coming of age. Classical is not something to do except for scheduled recitals/performances people know about and come to (or not). Why don't you try scheduling some short recitals of classical and post a notice a week in advance? Then those who are interested can come and those who aren't can hide in their rooms?
Posted By: dogperson Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 11:30 AM
Daoc
You continue to repeat the thought of ‘classical music being beautiful’. It is beautiful to those of us that love it; it is not beautiful to everyone, no matter how well it is played. This should not be hard to grasp; think of a type of music you dislike. Does it matter how well it is played? No. you will still not like it. Think of a genre of book you dislike. For me, I would never like a romance novel, no matter how poorly or well it is written.

It has been suggested here that you play some other type of music——- if you are playing for your audience’s enjoyment, why don’t you try playing something else rather than trying to change the audience? Change your performance.
Posted By: bennevis Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
I think other responders, such as Justoneguy above, are right. In your environment, you need to stick with pop from prior eras. 30's-60's mostly. The nostalgic pop of the residents when they were first coming of age. Classical is not something to do except for scheduled recitals/performances people know about and come to (or not).

That may be so for the US, but not necessarily so for the UK, for the particular age group.

Many of those currently in residential homes were children in WW2, when the Myra Hess classical concerts in the National Gallery became a solace for many Londoners, especially during the Blitz, and known throughout Britain. This was her most famous piece, now widely taken up by concert pianists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6BPTCveWH8

BTW, in the UK, we have a significant Muslim ethnic minority whose origin is in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and (depending on how strictly they interpret a certain book) music - of any sort other than a specific religious chant - is totally anathema to them. But even if they put up with it, classical is not the kind of music that they would ever have experienced growing up, even if they were born in the UK:
Originally Posted by daoc2009
......the carer who runs the floor where the piano is situated is Asian, she admits she 'doesnt like that sort of stuff', she even closes the lounge door so she doesnt have to hear it, ok fine.


To avoid confusion among American PW members, in the UK, "Asian" refers to those of South Asian background (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), not East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans) as Americans would normally use that designation. Here in the UK, anyone who looks East Asian are just called 'Chinese' - and indeed the majority are from Hong Kong. And yes, just as in the US, in the UK, the 'Chinese' make up the majority of those who learn classical piano, even though they are a tiny percentage of the UK population........
Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 12:05 PM
It sounds like the OP's situation is mostly positive, but for the door closer who runs the floor. Accentuate the positive!

Three observations:

Some people have a hard time with any instrumental music because they do not have a singer and words to focus on. They just don't hear motives and themes and how composers build larger forms out of those elements.

Other people have a hard time with piano music with lots of detached notes and chords. It's all a bunch of hammer noise to them (their mind is not latching onto detached pitches, retaining them, and hearing them in any context of melodic contour or harmony).

Musicians are used to intensely listening to tiny details in their own playing while ignoring the trumpet player in the practice room next door. Other people do not have such superpowers of selective listening.

@TyroneSlothrop I'm not sure why someone would call operatic sopranos screetchy when Jimi Hendrix's electric guitar playing and the Bee Gees were also screetchy, but pointing out such musical hypocrisy with old pop-culture references is rarely well received. laugh
Posted By: dogperson Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 12:52 PM
Daoc
I don’t remember seeing the size of your audience anywhere. Do you fill up the performance space? How many residents ask to come over to listen to classical? What is the percentage of those that could come?

You mention caregivers and management. What interest do the residents show has not been specified that I can find; my apologies if I have missed it.
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by WhoDwaldi
@TyroneSlothrop I'm not sure why someone would call operatic sopranos screetchy when Jimi Hendrix's electric guitar playing and the Bee Gees were also screetchy, but pointing out such musical hypocrisy with old pop-culture references is rarely well received. laugh

I'm pretty sure my daughter has no idea who Jimi Hendrix or The Bee Gees were. Better to ask her about Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande. She could probably tell us what they had for breakfast.
Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 01:33 PM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

I'm pretty sure my daughter has no idea who Jimi Hendrix or The Bee Gees were. Better to ask her about Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande. She could probably tell us what they had for breakfast.


Maybe she would like LoLa and Hauser? But she would have no idea about Freddie Mercury either, I guess. laugh



(When I post these vids on FB people unfriend me, for some reason. But that could have something to do with also mentioning Pandora Selfridge and her shoes. laugh )
Posted By: ghosthand Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 02:58 PM
Some people just say they don't like classical music because they are full of prejudicies. Sometimes you even get a political lecture from them, saying that "that kind of music" is for snobs, rich people etcetera etcetera. I saw a debate article in the newspaper not long ago where the writer was mad because the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden was getting a makeover which it definitely needs. It was not necessary, it was just for rich snobs with Nazi sympathies ... no, the money was better invested in SPORTS. Like, uh-uh. And Nazis, wtf?

Others say they cannot stand classical music because of the violins and so on. But that is a lie, because when the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra made a concert evening with film music, the tickets sold out in no time. Most people love the music by John Williams, Mancini and Morricone, they don't reflect on what instruments that are used. So music from movies is a good start.

When it comes to old people in senior homes and hospitals, my experience is that they are truly happy to hear just about ANYTHING, as long as it is live music. The fact that someone comes to them, meets them and does her/his best to give them some entertainment is nearly always highly appreciated. They are not spoiled brats who frown at anything that is not EXACTLY their own taste, they know from lifelong experience what matters and what does not.
Posted By: newport Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 03:09 PM
Originally Posted by Justoneguy
On average, here in the DC area, ... "The Great Pretender" ...


Wow, that's a great one! The Platters - The Great Pretender
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEzfhclKO8Q

They will also like one I bet ... The Platters- "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsAhCvLbNrs
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 03:11 PM
Originally Posted by WhoDwaldi
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

I'm pretty sure my daughter has no idea who Jimi Hendrix or The Bee Gees were. Better to ask her about Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande. She could probably tell us what they had for breakfast.


Maybe she would like LoLa and Hauser? But she would have no idea about Freddie Mercury either, I guess. laugh



(When I post these vids on FB people unfriend me, for some reason. But that could have something to do with also mentioning Pandora Selfridge and her shoes. laugh )

I don't know about my daughter, because the cello is a bit 'screetchy," 😂 but I'm a big Lola fan myself. What impresses me is how she can press fully both damper and una corda pedals with stilettos without turning her legs outwards/inwards. She obviously has well-trained calves!
Posted By: Carey Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 03:29 PM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
I don't know about my daughter, because the cello is a bit 'screetchy," 😂 but I'm a big Lola fan myself. What impresses me is how she can press fully both damper and una corda pedals with stilettos without turning her legs outwards/inwards. She obviously has well-trained calves!
Yes - with this collaboration I believe Ms. A has found her true calling.
Posted By: johnstaf Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 04:10 PM
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

I'm pretty sure my daughter has no idea who Jimi Hendrix or The Bee Gees were. Better to ask her about Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande. She could probably tell us what they had for breakfast.


I was just wondering about that. Jimi Hendrix is probably nursing home music nowadays, or at least in the near future. He's been dead nearly 50 years. eek
Posted By: johnstaf Re: having trouble please help! - 11/07/19 04:12 PM
The average age of the audience at Woodstock was 22... fifty years ago.
Posted By: Jytte Re: having trouble please help! - 11/08/19 06:17 PM
Originally Posted by newport
Originally Posted by Justoneguy
On average, here in the DC area, ... "The Great Pretender" ...


Wow, that's a great one! The Platters - The Great Pretender
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEzfhclKO8Q

They will also like one I bet ... The Platters- "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsAhCvLbNrs

I'm not in a retirement home, not of the age quite yet LOL, but I ADORE the Platters! I have never heard any of those as a piano solo though? Would that work? Gonna go searching....
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