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EP1: Piano Music Show Podcast-Soothing Melodies for Work

Piano Music Show Podcast offering great live piano music to get you through your day at work, at home, in the car. From Dan Gloglee at www.PianoMusicShow.com

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Life As A Cruise Ship Piano Entertainer

The kids on the cruise ship are hilarious. They are very antsy and energetic. Like, constantly. But mostly right after a meal. They can’t understand how grown ups just want sit back and talk and relax after a good bite. Kids got to get up and run around. They got to do things.

This is especially so when the child has been fed a very steady diet of soft serve ice cream. It can’t be beat. They don’t want anything but french fries and ice cream. Who can blame them? If I didn’t have repercussions from eating like that I would do it all the time. It’s hypnotizing to think about. Donuts and ice cream. No veggies. No rice cakes. Just ice cream. Mmmmmmmm … mesmerizing.

I saw one little tyke this AM who didn’t look any older than 2 years old. I don’t even think he had been walking for more than a month or two. He was holding his Mom’s hand as they were walking along the pool deck to go to the buffet.

It was as if he could smell the ice cream 50 meters away because once he realized where they were going, he just looked up at his Mom as if to say, “Can’t you move any faster Lady?” I mean he was pulling on her limb as if he wasn’t going to stand for the delay in the proceedings and if she didn’t get with the program, he was going to have to release of her of her duties so he could get on over to the ice cream! “Let’s get on with it!” 2 years old.

His poor mother knew exactly what was going on and was not going to release him until he got something nutritious in him first. But she looked utterly defeated. She knew she should not have brought this kid with them on this trip. She thought she was going to catch up on her sleep. She thought she was going to relax. But Nooooo. This 2 year old needed ice cream and immediately after he was going to run around. Probably where danger existed in the form of swimming pools and slippery floors.

I can’t say I miss those days. I’m only working on this cruise ship as an entertainer because our kids are grown up and out of high school now. This is my time to sit back and watch all those parents deal with saying no to ice cream.

Life For A Cruise Ship Entertainer

No one is really out on the ship today. It has been windy and cloudy all day. Last night the ship was really pitching. I don’t know if the stabilizers were on or not. But there was a lot of swaying going on as passengers walked to and fro. Even sleeping had its challenges. I was worried I might fall out of the bed.

I have nothing to compare it to except for that Category 5 Hurricane that came along last September. Then we had what were reported as 40 foot waves. But its hard to tell when you’re 7 stories up. So I needed to go down to the 2nd deck where the crew mess hall was located. This storm appears to have 20 foot waves? Still cant really tell.

No need to. The ship is quiet. People are laying low. The decks are empty.

It’s so ‘cold’ today that you can tell who the Floridians are on the ship. They’re dressed like Chicagoans would dress in the Autumn. Chicagoans are dressed in sandals and shorts.

What’s Your Favorite Song?

The question I get asked second most is, favorite song 
“What kind of music do you like to play the best?” 

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Two Kinds of Music

I always like to quote Duke Ellington who said, “There are only two kinds of music. Good and the other kind.”

I only play one kind. Which is good.

But what is good? How do you know it’s good? It’s so hard to tell these days. Let’s go back to the Grand Master Duke who went on to say,

If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!”

So it starts if I can make it sound good. Brown Eyed Girl can have a great groove. You can play it reggae style. You can play it bluesy. You can even go Calypso on it and fill the dance floor in nothing flat. favorite song 

So, basically, if my audience is having a good time, it’s probably cuz it feels good to them.

I can play Sweet Caroline 4 times a night because if I place it in the right portion of the night, people love that song. They’re having a great time with it. So I’m having fun too.

I got asked that question the other night again, “What is your favorite song to play?”

I was in a club. It wasn’t all that busy. Kind of a quiet night. Maybe 50 people in the bar. The usual mix of foreigners and American tourists. A few Canadians but mostly Brits. A relaxing, warm spring evening in Chicago.

I love meeting new people. Especially people from other places than my neighborhood or my city. It’s good to have another perspective.

I remember one time I was playing on a boat that was spinning around Lake Michigan. I was a young man; about 20 something. I struck up a conversation with a woman from Israel who was living in Germany. I was complaining about our government and all the problems. She just looked at me and in no uncertain terms expressed, “You have no idea how good you have it here in America.”

There are always more than one way to look at things. I forget that sometimes unless I am talking with a wide and varied group of people on a regular basis.

Last night at a party I met a woman who was probably in her late 60s who is deeply involved in the justice system. Her point of view is massively different than my friends who are police.

That’s why when people ask me what kind of music I like the best, I have to answer with a question; “What kind of music do you like? What is your favorite song?” Because as an entertainer I’m not really allowed to judge. I want you to have a good time. I want you to hear the music that makes you feel good. If you’re feeling good, then I’m feeling good. Pretty simple really.

But as a musician (not as an entertainer) I have a very different point of view. First and foremost, it has to have a groove. I also like music that tells a story. I like music that has interesting harmonic structures; something I can spread my wings on and investigate tonalities and textures within the course of the tune. I like to discover something new in every song. Especially if I’ve been playing it for many months – or years.

It’s pretty simple. It comes down to the same thing for me too. Does it make me feel good? Cuz if I’m feeling good, you are too.

Let’s feel good together with live music and piano songs that create more great memories that will lat a lifetime for you.

Call me at +1 773-527-7417 and I GUARANTEE we will have some fun!

 

Summer Vacations with Live Music?

I need to find some more great places to travel to this summer.

If I can get a gig playing live music on my piano — all the better.

D’ya think this spot would do?

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Glacier National Park Montana

Summer vacations with live music? Any resort or destination spot will do great with live music on the piano from Dan Gillogly

Give me a call at 773-527-7417 I’m Dan the Pianoman

That’s What Happens When You Happen To Be A Cubs Fan Song

It was a great undertaking. Cubs Fan Song

One that wasn’t to be taken lightly.

The entire community had an opinion on the subject yet, in spite of this, everyone agreed on one thing: It was going to change the neighborhood forever.

Wrigley Field Rehab is in Phase 1 of a 5 year, $1B project that will completely rehab the structure of the oldest ball park in MLB.

The cranes and the cement mixers started showing up on the day, the hour, the minute that the 2014 season was over. Demolition began when fences went up all around and wrecking balls took down the bleachers. The signature brick wall with the iconic ivy was retained. But everything behind it was going away.

Sox fans screamed, “Keep going!”
as the walls began to crumble around Wrigley Field.

There are big plans for the park and the surrounding area. Hotels, restaurants, workout and training facilities for the players and their physicians.

It has been in the works for 3 years now, planning and researching the best way to bring this beautiful historic park up to par with the rest of the ball parks around the rest of the league.

Wrigley is part of our city in a way that no other park is anywhere else. We began with what was once a city park across the street from a firehouse. The history is well documented in several books and videos and online. Let me tell what this park is and does for Chicago.

It is part of the neighborhood. It fits like a good pair of leather gloves. But lately it has become more like the pair of gloves OJ Simpson used. Tight. Cracked and stained.

I remember the old Milwaukee County Stadium before it was torn down. The concrete reeked. It was so old that the memories had memories of memories.

Now they have Miller Park. It is a long walk from the parking lot to the sterile and sanitized park. There are no restaurants or bars except for the one IN the park itself. No character. No personality.

I was in Phoenix last year and I saw the baseball park there from the outside. It was a monstrosity. Gargantuan. It was a mall inside of a mall inside of a retail village. Across the street there were more entertainment facilities like restaurants and more shops and more malls. It was ridiculous.

I get it. Owners need to pay for these multi-million dollar contracts somehow. We can’t support them with higher ticket prices. So the corporate money and the big box stores move in and capitalize on the loyal followings of the sports teams. I get it. No sweat.

But Wrigley is a neighborhood. Most of these bars have been here forever. Maybe longer. I’m sure most of these bars that are coming in now have strong corporate backers. The big money always follows the big money. Even when the Cubs suck (and they always do), the fans keep coming out year after year. Why?

Because Wrigley and the neighborhood is a unique experience. Live music venues, cabaret theaters and art galleries mix well with sports bars and unique restaurant experiences. The Cubs have successfully marketed and sold sunshine and beer for decades. Until they stop making beer, they can stick with that formula for a long time to come. Hell, they don’t even have to put a winning team on the field and we’ll still show up.

But right now the left field bleachers won’t be done until May 1st. The right field won’t be open until June – or later. It’s been a cold February this year. Colder than usual. One of the coldest on record. Colder than Anchorage AK. Steel doesn’t go into frozen ground effectively. I don’t know about these things but I’m willing to bet that the guys who are putting those beams in want to make sure they don’t collapse. Good idea, doncha’ think?

So the Cubs management gave the press a tour of the facilities as they are yesterday so they could give a report on how things are progressing. And the word is this thing, this Wrigley Rehab is not going to be done in time for Opening Day. The bathrooms will be unfinished. The ground is still a bunch of dirt with steel plates layed down. You’ll have to wear a batting helmet just to find your seat.

Will the Cubs Fans care? I doubt it highly. We’re still going to show up and rot for a team because, on Opening Day, every team is in first place.

See You There …

 

Is Stevie Wonder the Best Piano Player?

I don’t know if Stevie Wonder is the best piano player or not …. That’s not for me to decide …. but …

I had a really awesome day today.

I didn’t know if it was all going to work out or not. But it did and on the way home with a big smile on my face from a very complicated tech rehearsal for a corporate event. I wasn’t sure what to do. I was not in control of things. I was supposed to be the leader. I hate when that happens. I got all worried about how I looked; to the client, to the other musicians.

What I did is what I was supposed to do. Let the people I had hired to do their jobs. The show was written. The songs were arranged. But the technical stuff was not my area of expertise. That’s why we hire really good people for these corporate event entertainment packages. Entertainment for events is a lot like riding a bicycle wearing a blindfold. You know where you’re going to go. You just don’t what might be in your way.

This is why we have tech rehearsals. To find out what’s in our way.

It all turned to be a sweet and successful rehearsal for a corporate seminar that is going to be massively successful. coming up later this week …

and on my way home after the rehearsal …

I heard this Stevie Wonder song very clearly in my head …

This was the tune Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing –Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder best piano player?

Stevie Wonder

Thanks for playing along. Feel free to dance around like nobody is watching. I won’t tell.