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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.

New Piano Music Logo

Do you like this piano music logo I just had done?

 

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Piano Music Daniel Gillogly

Original Cabaret Music in Peoria IL Sept 12 2014

I’m getting kind of excited about a new cabaret music show I’m putting the finishing touches on. I can tell I’m getting close because I’m starting to have nightmares about it – forgetting my lines, getting bad reviews, technical glitches and of course, the ever present running in molasses.

It’s the first time I’m going to go out as a solo artist performing only original cabaret music and comedy bits sprinkled throughout a 2 act night. I sure hope you can make it.

We’ll be breaking this out in Peoria IL on September 12 2014. So if you’re in central Illinois, be sure to get your tickets now at The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse.

Dan Gillogly: A PIano Player in Purgatory

Dan Gillogly: A Piano Player in Purgatory

In addition to 4 original songs, I’ll be throwing in songs from my favorite writers. I’ll include some Tom Lehrer, Ray Stevens and, naturally, some bits from Victor Borge.

This is truly a labor of love. I did one play with music back in 2011. It turned out kind of dark. But it was still fun to do because I hadn’t written much for theater in years.

So this is my 2nd foray into writing an original cabaret music theater project in the last couple of years. I’m not sure which songs are going to actually be performed. But I have a pretty good idea because of the play we produced back 2011.

There’s the one song I wrote about the kids when they were little I call “There’s Something Sticky on The Floor Ma!”.

The other sure fire song will be the ode to Cubs Fans we came up with called “That’s What Happens When You Happen To Be A Cubs Fan”. It has been specifically re-written to reflect the unique woes our favorite north side baseball team is experiencing this year.

For example, “our minor league is better then the pros and believe me – it shows. When Castro boots a ground he’s trying as hard as he can ….That’s What Happens When You Happen To Be A Cubs Fan!”

The other two are about relationships. The fifth one is on the cusp. I want to perform it a couple times before I take it out to Peoria. It’s about finding humor in the absurd and chaos in the events of the week that permeate our society.

But then again maybe that’s why I’m performing this show in Peoria. It upholds the old adage of “If it plays in Peoria …” coined on the old vaudeville circuit from way back. Meaning I it works there, it’ll work anywhere.

So wish me luck or let me know it’s okay to break a leg. Or better yet come on by with some friends on September 12th 2014 to The Broadway Lounge.