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You Call It Piano Music Entertainment. Your Soul Calls It Thirst Quencher

You Call It Piano Music Entertainment
Your Soul Calls It Thirst Quencher

It was one of those gigs where I was so happy I took piano lessons as a kid, I had stuck with it as and adult and, most importantly, remained a professional so that I could witness what I am about to tell you.

No one thinks they really need live music. Most importantly the ‘Bean Counters’ who sit around in their office and don’t realize that music truly is the universal language that we all understand.

That’s okay. We all have a job to do.

My job today is to let you know how important
live music and comedy can be for your soul.

It’s like Gatorade after a 60 minute workout. It’s like scratching an itch in a hard to reach place. It’s like a hug and a kiss from a loved one who has returned from a long trip.
Here’s the story …

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Sing Like No One Can Hear You

This guy was your typical office worker who didn’t have anything else going on his life except to be an office worker. He was kinda grumpy. He had no sense of humor. He had no friends. So he was the guy that made everyone feel a little uncomfortable.

He wore the weird shirt that didn’t appear to coordinate with his tie – or anything else that he wore for that matter. And his hair was always a little bit messy. He didn’t talk much because, well, he liked to be quiet.

Let’s call him ‘Ralph’.

What nobody knew about ‘Ralph’ was he had watched his Mom die of cancer when he was 10 back in 1969. As you can imagine it was horrible.

She was a single Mom. He was an only child. They were not members of a church so there was no support network of any kind. After she died he went to live with an aunt he had never met, in a state he had never been to, with an ‘uncle’ who wasn’t married to his aunt. They had no other kids either. His aunt was nice enough and all. But let’s just say ‘nurturing’ was not a concept she knew much about.

School was also a little rough for Ralph in this small rural town of about 4000 people. They were nice and everything. But having come from a large city school, he felt lost and way behind the other kids.

He wasn’t very coordinated or even remotely interested in sports. He just didn’t get the importance of all that running around and throwing balls and stuff. No one had ever showed him how and he didn’t have any allegiance to one team or another. So, seriously. Like, what’s the point?

The thing about his new school tho, was they had a choir as part of their curriculum. He had no idea how it would change his life.

Choir allowed Ralph to be around other people – especially girls. It allowed him to comfortably shift into his changing voice as puberty set in. It allowed him to express his emotions which ran so deep and so pensive at such a vulnerable and tenuous time of his life.

He stayed with choir all through middle school and high school. He didn’t excel at singing. He was never a featured soloist or anything. He just really enjoyed it for reasons that a growing young man could simply not explain.

But that’s where it ended. College was not in the picture for Ralph. He went to work and learned finance. He was actually pretty good at analysis. He eventually learned accounting with a small local firm that had hired him right out of high school.

In 89 that small local firm was bought out by a much larger one which then grew into a multi-billion dollar corporation through the 90s. He was a good and consistent employee. He was promoted regularly but never to management. He got transferred back to his hometown city in 98 where he just slipped easily into the anonymity of the hustle and bustle. He lives there to this day.

He never married. He never joined a church or a community choir. He doesn’t do much of anything in the way of outside activities. He likes going to the movies. But he feels too shy to search for anything. No one ever gave him permission.

Until one night in February his company event consisted of a large Holiday Party featuring piano music entertainment.

‘Ralph’ was sitting alone, kind of in the background. I don’t think he was eating much off the buffet. I didn’t notice his beverage of choice. But I did notice he was alone.

When I perform I never call anyone out. I never embarrass anyone. What I use is a technique I call “A Saucer of Milk”. It’s like when you want to call a cat over. You don’t yell or command. You just lay out a saucer of milk. If you want what we have to offer, (and your soul knows you do), then you’ll be over in time.

This story is getting a little long. So I am going to finish this tomorrow.

In the meantime, thanks for listening and let me know when you want to have great live music and comedy in the form of piano music entertainment and interactive, sing along fun that brings people together and creates life long memories for everyone in attendance.

Piano Music For Your Company Event Ideas

I was driving to play solo piano music at a company event. The wind was howling but the sun was nowhere in sight. Someone misplaced it long with all the snow.

It was a warm December day and there was still no snow on the ground the entire season. It was as if winter had forgotten about us and left town.

The load in was going to be tough but not as bad as it would have been last year when a good solid two feet of snow had already fallen by this time.

I found that the path was cleared and the hand truck more than up to the task of loading all the sound gear in to the venue. Yet because of the balmy temperatures I had broken into a healthy sweat long before the first note was played.

This was a day time gig. These company event ideas are sometimes a lunch time function. I guess the company that hired me thought this was going to go better during the day when no adult refreshments were expected to be served.

In my professional opinion I thought otherwise. But then again no one asked my professional opinion on this particular subject. So I broke into a series of interactive sing along bits laced with audience participation, team building skills and activities that everyone enjoyed. 

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Live Music at Company Events makes Things Hum!

By the end of the lunch everyone was gathered around the piano singing and dancing without a care in the world. It was as if there was an invisible veil lifted from the ordinary day to day activities of our work a day world.

Live music does that. Alcohol and night time helps, no doubt. Yet in the end it was good, quality, professional live music and comedy played by a piano player that saved this company event from being another boring holiday party.

Entertainment for events really spices things up considerably when you add great piano music.

Really.

Live music really makes your parties really live.

I could have been in the Olympics but I’d rather be here

Olympics Rant

You know I qualified for the Olympics again this year. But I decided not to go. It wouldn’t be fair to the other athletes. I would have won all the medals especially on Track &Field. I mean that would be selfish of me.

Oh this sarcasm doesn’t look too good in print. Honestly, I’m surprised at how much of an expert I’ve become in sports I don’t know anything about. I was watching the platform divers last night and I had no idea how dangerous that sport could be. Those divers hit the water at 30+ mph. One wrong move and Ouch!

Olympics Day 3 - Diving

Then there’s me from my recliner in my living room looking to relax and I can only think there is not enough tape in the world to protect my wrists from hitting the water the wrong way. Then I find myself becoming VERY opinionated about the Splash Meter. When I used to watch this sport on the Wide World of Sports years ago, I don’t remember having it so easy. Yet here I sit with a beverage and a meter to gauge how much liquid should be acceptable in my life when it comes to platform divers.

You should have heard me last week during 2 man kayaking!

 

Dueling Pianos at a Golf Course

I’m getting ready to do a dueling pianos show at a private country club. It just finished raining and it is still warm and muggy out. It reminds me of all the days I used to spend on the the golf course in the years before kids. I miss it.

I know I could go out anytime I want now that the kids are older. But I’m not very good at it anymore. I started playing after the boys got old enough and within two years they were better than me. No Dad wants to get beat by is sons. But they’re out of the house now.

So what is the problem? My clubs are old. My swing is rusty. I don’t know anyone who still plays. Oh wait. Those are only excuses. I guess I’ll go play when it stops raining.

Entertainment for Events – Dueling Pianos Corporate Event

Dueling Pianos at your company Christmas party is the way to go. We are headed up to Beloit WI for another fun filled evening of song and laughs. Dan Gillogly and Ted Oliver are providing non-stop entertainment for their company Christmas party — how about yours? Entertainment for events now.

Everyone has Fun Singing Around the Piano

Dueling Pianos Conference Entertainment

Fabulous conference entertainment. We bring people together and bond through live music using dueling pianos.

People will be talking about your corporate event, trade show for years afterward.

Team building activities have never been so much fun!

We can be at your next event. Call us!

Everyone has fun with conference entertainment dueling pianos