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EP2: Piano Music Show Podcast: Pick Me Up Piano Better Than Coffee

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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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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!

 

Springtime in Chicago Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

This is how we do springtime in Chicago.

It’s our special way of celebrating the coming of warm weather.

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Is It BBQ Season Yet?!?

It’s how we welcome the robins.

It’s the way we tease the squirrels. 

This is why we make the most of BBQ season. All 4 months of it.

This is why I think it’s time to get a place in Arizona or something.

We just melted all of this year’s snow last week. It was a good season. Not too much snow, but enough to remember we live in a cold weather climate. Not too freezing, but enough for good ice fishing if you like that kind of thing.

It makes it easier to move the pianos when there’s no snow or ice under foot. Hell, today’s spring snow storm may all melt in two days anyway.

But for now we have lovely traveling conditions.

Fantastic jogging paths.

Superior lake front bike paths.


This what awaits our baseball teams when they return from spring training. The Cubs open on a Sunday Night against the Cardinals. The Cards are used to playing in cold weather. They go to the World Series every other year it seems. The only time the Cubs play in cold weather is the first month of the season – not the last.

This spring snowstorm is why we have a 162 game season. This way we can stretch out the season so the warm weather can get here and then leave.

This spring snowstorm is why Wrigley Field’s bleachers won’t be done in time for Opening Day.

So keep the snow boots handy.

Keep the scarves close by.

Your ice scraper isn’t done yet.

. . . and Thank God piano music is here all year long.

Call now to reserve your warm (or cold) weather party 773-527-7417

Now I’m Going To Entertain You with A Story …

… about how to drive in a snow storm in Chicago. 

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Chicago Snow Storm Stories

So we got smacked with another snow storm here in Chicago this week.

Typical. It’s Chicago. It’s February. Go figure.

So why the hell don’t people know how to drive in this stuff? I mean – Seriously! Is it because we don’t have a foot of snow very often anymore? Are we just out of practice? It’s like Heeey C’mon already.

I remember getting a lot of snow when I was younger. Even in my early 20’s I had to be able to navigate city streets with all of the other citizens.

It was Par For The Course. Modus Operandi. Another Day in The Neighborhood.

When I was still a student of music at U of I in Chicago, as it was called back then, I lived in Wicker Park. My rent for a 2 bedroom was $150 a month. For those of you out of town, I can tell you now Wicker Park is one of those great neighborhoods where you now will not be able to find a 2 bedroom for less than $1500 these days – if that.

I had an old Chevy Suburban. Great truck. 8 cylinder. Rear wheel drive. Heavy. Moved everything and everywhere. Awesome truck.

Wicker Park was a barrio back then. Gangs? Yeah no problem. Ghettos? Yeah sure, whatever. Rat hole apartment and scum bag landlords? Heeeey it’s Chicago. Whatever.

I remember getting going after digging out of my parking spot, not daring to stop, zipping through one of those unplowed alleys on questionable snow tires I got from that discount tire shop on Division to get to the unplowed side street to get out to Damen Ave when I encounter another vehicle driving in my direction.

Now I had lived in Wicker Park about a year and a half at the time. I knew my neighbors. All upstanding citizens to be sure and they were kind enough to inform me, in true Chicago tradition, “Heeey, we’re all okay over here. It’s those people across the alley/across the street/ north of Milwaukee Ave/fill in the blank you gotta worry about … “

So in other words, I knew how to fill in the blanks, I knew where the boundaries were drawn and I knew who was on who’s side. I knew I had a guy and I knew the other guy had a guy so it’s all kopesthetic, right?

So like I said, I’m zipping along on my snow tires in my Chevy Suburban and I realize I’m in that ‘other’ neighborhood and I see this guy coming at me in his beater and we both know not to stop in the snow or we’re both getting stuck.

So what do we do?

We keep going.

That’s what we do.

C’mon it’s Chicago.

Sliding along, spinning our wheels but moving forward and as we miraculously pass each other safely we both look out our rolled down windows and we both started laughing. We were passing by so close we could have reached out and High Fived each other but we didn’t dare take our hands off the wheel at that particular moment.

As we finally fish tailed past each other our tail ends decided to dish out that High Five. It was a Love Tap. A Cheek Kiss.

Maybe it was that I didn’t want to stop knowing I wasn’t going to be protected in that neighborhood. Maybe it was him who didn’t want to get out and check it out for possibly very similar reasons. Add to that neither one of us were driving a brand Audi or anything.

So I looked out my side mirror and I saw him wave an “okay” as I was doing the same back to him.

No harm. No foul. No big deal driving in Chicago snowstorms.

Come visit some time and we’ll go for a drive. And maybe we’ll play some great live music together. Or if you’re not a musician and you’d rather just listen, we’re okay with that too. Either we’ll entertain you with tails and songs.

Heeey. Chicago. Go figure.

Live Music Blues Piano

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Life of a musician … I was playing a wallpaper gig the other day. A wallpaper gig is one of those gigs where I’m just playing in the background and everyone is just doing their own thing, talking and networking or eating and drinking or whatever.  It’s cool with me. I don’t mind.

Because with live music it’s not like you can turn your back on me. I’m not a painting or a dance troupe. If you turn your back on one of those pieces of creation, you won’t get the effect. But music will get through no matter what you’re doing. That’s one of the many reasons why music is called the Universal Language. It reaches everyone even if I’m playing piano music in the background.

But my deal is when I am one of the featured party entertainers, and the emphasis on FEATURED, that I want everyone to notice me. So it is a bit of conundrum on one of these background piano music gigs. I am such an ego maniac, which serves me well in front of a rockin’ party room, that I suffer on a wallpaper gig.

But I have a solution, a secret weapon I have designed specifically for these kinds of gigs. What I’ve done is I’ve composed a number of songs on the piano just for such occasions. They range anywhere from jazz tunes to funky mid tempo grooves. Some have melodies others are just a pulse within a harmonic framework. Anything goes – from a wistful pentatonic melody to flat out boogie rockers.

So I was at this one gig where there were literally thousands of people meandering through all day; people from all walks of life and every possible demographic you can think of – old, young, rich, poor, white, black and brown.

I spotted this one black man in the crowd because he was “getting” the music. He heard it and felt it. I was playing a funky little blues tune with variety of shifting grooves that had also attracted the attention of several little ones at the same time.

This man looked successful in a confident way. Dressed smartly in a sport coat and open collar, he had his reading glasses on a string around his neck and (this is always the tell with anyone) he had expensive yet comfortable shoes. This was a man of style AND practicality.

When he was finished with the people he was talking to, he came right on over and introduced himself.  “Hi. I’m Roland Harper,” he said extending his bear-like hand out to me that engulfed mine up passed my wrist. “I’m a real fan of the blues. Where else are you playing these days?”

We got to talking for a few minutes, exchanged cards and agreed to keep in touch through our email newsletter which we send out about 2 times a month. (Be sure to sign up … )

As he was leaving and I was preparing to sit back down behind the keys again, he said, “Do you recognize the name?” I told him yeah but I didn’t want to assume anything.

So I asked him, “Weren’t you the guy who plowed the field for that Hall of Famer?”

He said, “That’s me!”

So I asked, “Can I see the ring? I’d love to take a picture and send it to all my Packers fans friends.”

But I didn’t send it to them right away. First I sent it to Amber and our two sons.

Roland Harper (85 Bears) and Dan Gillogly (Pianist Extraordinaire)

Murphy wrote back “Dad you have the sweetest job in the whole world!” Keaton was broadcasting so we didn’t talk until the next day.

Of course, Amber knew exactly who he was too. She’s a big fan as well. I waited till I got home to show it to our daughters. The older one got it. The younger not so much.

3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

 

Live Piano Music Chicago – The Redhead

Piano music Chicago .. Yes, Piano bar music at its finest. Dan Gillogly piano player from Chicago will sing and play piano. Piano music Chicago style from one of Chicago’s most talented piano bar entertainers, Dan is available for parties and corporate events as featured entertainment for events. Have you ever had your friends tell you over and over again what a great time they had at your party last time? Well that’s what you’ll get when you hire piano entertainer Dan Gillogly for your next event. A regular performer down at The Redhead piano bar, Dan will always get the room rockin’ and rollin’ all the way till your done and beyond. Call now.

Come on down and bring some friends.

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