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Add music to the mix and your audience will stay engaged


Ten years on the stage at Second City taught me one important lesson: use a warm and personal approach to engage the audience.

If you do that, they’ll have fun and stay engaged.

That’s how I’m able to put people at ease, and receptive to hearing your message.

And best of all, I do it with music – the kind of music that makes people laugh, sing along arm in arm and smiling from ear-to-ear.

Here’s another thing – they’re not only engaged with the music and me, they’re engaged with each other.

Now, I could go on and on about myself, but I’d rather let some of my clients do the talking for me.

Excited about using entertainment with great music? Let’s talk more about it!

Just give me a call at your convenience, at 773-527-7417.

 

 

S2E01 Piano Music Show

Welcome to Season 2 Episode 1 of the Piano Music Show Podcast.

Hosted by Keaton Joseph. Original Piano Music by Dan Gillogly.

We bring you original melodies in the cocktail ambiance vein, jazz inflected, easy going music for your pleasure.

Let me know what you think at www.pianomusicshow.com You know who I am. Let me know who you are. I welcome the opportunity to hear your reactions. I do so many live shows that I get used to seeing immediate results. This podcast is supremely different. Love to hear from you.

Also, be sure to share with your friends.

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Peace!

Dan GloGlee

How You (and Your Team) Can Be More Creative

The last couple of weeks I have been writing about how I remain creative on demand; whenever I need to be, No matter how close the deadline. These are ideas you can put in place with your team and your staff too …. or I can come and show you and your team in concert.

Sure I spent ten years at The Second City mastering the art of improvisation with the best of the best in the entertainment industry today. Yes, I continue to write and record and perform on stage on a regular basis. But there are multiple ways to teach creativity. Cultivate it if you will. And you don’t have to be a professional entertainer who plays multiple instruments to be able to do this too.

But people always ask me how do you make up so many funny parodies to popular songs?

Basically, it’s my job. I spend hours and hours writing new bits and memorizing current pop hits (so I can roast those songs to the joy of everyone). This is what I do.

But there are techniques that anyone can use to become more creative. It doesn’t matter what line of work you are in. We are all creative to a certain degree.

The seminal book written by Julia Cameron helps maintain my Muse in the manner to which she has become accustomed. There is journaling which we talked about last week. Writing about three pages longhand in a spiral notebook every morning is a fantastic way to ‘clean the pipes’ of all the debris that clogs up the creative water lines.

The other side of that same coin is to go on what Ms. Cameron calls an Artist’s Date.

This is time spent by myself in an activity that allows me to play. To do whatever I want. I turn off the phone. I go by myself. I am alone. I may be around people like if I want to go to a candy store or a movie. I am essentially taking myself out on a date.

It was very unnerving at first. I thought I was dating a little kid. That was what it felt like cuz that was what I was doing.

We all have a playful side to our personalities that gets ignored as we get older and have more responsibilities. As creative human beings it is important to remember what that part of us wants.

At first, I was at a loss to think about what to do or where to go on my Artist Date. So I started simple.

I took myself to a toy store. I looked around at all the toys and asked myself which one would I like to play with the most? I picked out a paper airplane kit complete with instructions on elaborate flying forms to make out of the included cardboard. It wasn’t until I had made one of them, that I realized as much as I thought I wanted to play with paper airplanes, my playful self didn’t like following directions.

So the next time I went to an art supply store. I bought some crayons and a coloring book. Again, I realized I don’t like coloring inside the lines. So I took some paper out of the printer and started coloring.

I have since collected numerous crayons, markers and paints. I have a sketchbook and I bought a book about different patterns I can use as inspiration to get me started.

I love having my crayons with me when I go on the road … when I’m in between gigs in my hotel room … or I’m waiting for my flight at the airport. It relaxes me and it keeps me in tune with that ‘still small quiet voice’ that we all need to listen to more often. (And now I’m finding I don’t mind coloring inside the lines — sometimes)

I do other Artist’s Dates. Now that I have gotten into the rhythm of it. I make a date with myself at least once a week. Every other month I go off by myself for a whole day. Sometimes even an overnight. It still shocks me the amount of chatter I hear in my head. The criticism. The negativity. And I’m a positive person. I become a grown up fighting with the little child. “You can’t do that.” “That costs too much.” “That looks dangerous.” “People will laugh at you in that helmet.”

But I do things anyway. Because that is the essence of creativity. Doing things that no one else would do. Doing things even if you don’t do them right or …. you’re gonna make a mistake or … because it might …. look silly … be stupid ….. sound weird … fail … succeed … and on and on and on

So take a look at this book. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It has opened up multiple avenues of creativity for me. You don’t have to be a professional entertainer or music producer. You can use this in all walks of life, business, family, with the kids, without the kids …. just get the book and try out the exercises within the pages. Or better yet … call me up and I’ll come over and run through some Fear Erasing, Brain expanding, Playful Games that will help you and your team become more productive. Team Building Sessions for grown ups who like to play.

You will be glad you did.

Oh … BTW … this is an affiliate link. When you get your book through this link, I do get a small percentage. It won’t cost you anything extra. And since it is through Amazon, you can donate a portion of your sale price to go to a charity of your choice. Pretty cool if you ask me.

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To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.
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All the best,

Dan Gillogly

How do you know so many words to so many songs?

One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know so many words to so many songs?”

Long answer? I’ve been doing this for so long it comes to me pretty easily. But not before some long years and months putting in the hours.

It wasn’t always like this. I studied. A lot. I went to college for music AND I played with some stellar musicians and entertainers along the way. I learned from them as well.

It’s also a combination of physical memory combined with an emotional memory.

Many times I will be on stage singing a song and I’ll be in the middle of the first verse and silently ask myself what are the words to the second verse? But then I calm myself down and say well I’m not on the second verse yet so I don’t have to know them. So then I get to the chorus with everybody singing along and here comes the second verse and sometimes I don’t remember what the second verse is while I’m singing the chorus. But when I finally get to the second verse, my memory banks kick in and I’m right there.

Another trick is if I can start off with the opening line of a song, I can usually get it after that. But if for some reason I stop in the middle of a song to crack a joke with someone in attendance, a song like Devil Went Down To Georgia or Baby Got Back, I need to go back to the beginning of the verse to get back on track.

It also helps if I can read the lips of someone singing along. Really! I can see them mouthing the words and I think, “Oh yeah. That’s the correct version.”
To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.

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All the best,

Dan

EP11:Piano Music Show Podcast A Long Wind

Click on the Piano Music Show logo above to hear the podcast.

Let me know at www.pianomusicshow.com I will be compiling your comments on another podcast so please tell me what you like about all this original piano music here. I’ve got a couple of surprises planned for the coming weeks with new music on the piano for you.

Be sure to share with your friends.

Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on

Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you.

Please become a supporter of the Arts and support me on Patreon.com/PianoMusicShow

Enjoy!

Become a Patron of The Arts. Help me produce more of these shows. When was the last time you bought a CD? I’m not talking about paying for spotify or pandora. Songwriters like me never see a dime of that. So let’s get a new paradigm started by having you become a patron.

Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/PianoMusicShow For as little as @2 a month you can become a Premium Member and get all the best goodies as I continue to roll them out.

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EP10:Piano Music Show Podcast Crunch-eeeezz

Click on the Piano Music Show logo above to hear the podcast.

Holy Shamoly! Another Piano Music Show podcast. This one comes from the heart of Central Florida where I am staying during the wonter months of early 2017. This one is called Crunch-eeeez. Why? Listen and find out.

Recorded on a real, live acoustic piano (That means a piano with real strings)

Let me know at www.pianomusicshow.com I will be compiling your comments on another podcast so please tell me what you like about all this original piano music here. I’ve got a couple of surprises planned for the coming weeks with new music on the piano for you.

Be sure to share with your friends.

Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on

Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you.

Please become a supporter of the Arts and support me on Patreon.com/PianoMusicShow

Enjoy!

Become a Patron of The Arts. Help me produce more of these shows. When was the last time you bought a CD? I’m not talking about paying for spotify or pandora. Songwriters like me never see a dime of that. So let’s get a new paradigm started by having you become a patron.

Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/PianoMusicShow For as little as @2 a month you can become a Premium Member and get all the best goodies as I continue to roll them out.

piano, piano music, good music, music, pianist, piano player, blues piano, jazz piano, song writing, writing songs, piano entertainer, serenity, calm, joy, happy, meditation, meditative music, peaceful, quiet, meditation, tranquility,

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

Piano Music Show Podcast is Wa-a–ay better than a cup’o’coffeee in the middle of the day or the start of the day. Just a little gift to you from me, Dan Gloglee at www.PianoMusicShow.com

For pleasure, joy an smiles all around. Share with your friends. Tell me what you like. Drop me a note (Ha! Get it?) and tell me what you would like to hear in the next podcasts.

 

Please become a supporter of the Arts and support me on www.Patreon.com/PianoMusicShow

Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on

Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you.

Become a Patron of The Arts. Help me produce more of these shows. When was the last time you bought a CD? I’m not talking about paying for spotify or pandora. Songwriters like me never see a dime of that. So let’s get a new paradigm started by having you become a patron.

Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/PianoMusicShow For as little as @2 a month you can become a Premium Member and get all the best goodies as I continue to roll them out.

piano, piano music, good music, music, pianist, piano player, blues piano, jazz piano, song writing, writing songs, piano entertainer, serenity, calm, joy, happy, meditation, meditative music, peaceful, quiet, meditation, tranquility,

EP9:Piano Music Show Podcast Turn It Over

Hey hey All! Another fun podcast of piano music for you. This week has a slightly different slant with a new intro. Should I use theme music for this podcast? Let me know at www.pianomusicshow.com I will be comiling your comments on another podcast so please tell me what you like about all this original piano music here. I’ve got a couple of surprises planned for the coming weeks with new music on the piano for you. Be sure to share with your friends. Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you. Enjoy!

EP6: PIano Music Show Podcast: Flickety Goo! OOOOoooooo!

Hey everybody! Here is another in a series of Piano Music Show Podcasts for you from me Dan Gloglee at Piano Music Show . com This song was orignally recorded and released on my first solo piano music CD back in 1993 under the name of Live At Leona’s: Vol 1 I’d love it if you got yourself a copy. This is a groovin’ little number that fills up some of my jazz/blues mix into a tasty little salsa feel. Enjoy! Oh yeah … Please share this with your friends. We know you got some. www.PianoMusicShow.com  Thanks!