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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.

6 Reasons Why Piano Music Makes One of The Best Fundraising Ideas Of All Time

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Piano Music Will Raise Funds. Really!

Live sing along piano music goes down in history as one of the all time great fundraising ideas and is a great choice for your next charity fund raiser event.

1. We are affordable with structured rates to fit every budget. We offer discounts for charity event entertainment packages that benefit children such as after school programs, athletic associations and most especially religious groups.

2. We can involve everyone in your audience because it spans every demographic; kids, tweeners, teens, millennials, young families, retirees on up to grandparents.

Even the people who don’t get to joining in with the sing along or the dancing will have a good time watching all their friends and co-workers get up and be all silly.

3. A VERY versatile live music entertainment choice. We can add a band or maybe hust a drummer, we can feature ‘guest’ singers from your group, we can create a karaoke event. Sound versatile to you too?

4. The piano player can take your requests. You get to set the pace of the show. If you don’t like the song one of these wonderful performers are playing, make a request and change the song. It’s fun when you’re in charge.

5. The very best reason you’re getting is live music entertainment played by a real musician in real time. Too many acts play with recorded music these days. And why not? The technology is there and it sounds so good. But because we’re actually playing piano and singing live for you, you get to hear us make mistakes and screw up the words and laugh at ourselves for doing it. Not bad huh,? 

Try us. You’ll see why live piano music makes one of the All Time Great Fundraising Ideas to come around since forever. 

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oh wait … did I say 6 Reasons? Yes. I did. Reason #6 … IT’S FUN!!!

Piano Music Making Sick People Feel Good Too

I was playing piano music the other night and I had a guy at the piano bar who sang like a leaky balloon. Either that or he sang like he had just sucked all the helium out of it first. I think the first one is a better description.

He was really hammered and about 20 years older than the people around him. Not that that matters when it comes to playing live music.

Music is the Universal Language. So there are no boundaries or requirements. Just be willing to have some fun and the music will take it from there. This isn’t American Idol here. With that definition, this guy qualified. 

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These were Not the Only Women Having FUN on the Gig Last Night

Since I do my best to include everyone, his exuberant and passionate singing still made it a little difficult to get anyone to join in with him.

Everyone else was looking at him thinking, “Well, I’m not going to sing along if I got to do it like that guy.”

So they didn’t. Not at first. Then they realized I wasn’t going to be making fun of him all night. I just cracked a few jokes to acknowledge him and moved on. There were plenty of other people there to have some fun with.

Like the one guy who thought he was the leader of the band. He kept giving out vocal cues to the audience. I don’t usually mind. In fact, I welcome that kind of behavior. Keeps things fresh. He had all the qualifications too; a loud, booming voice, the alcohol fueled energy – however, he had none of the rhythm. At least not to lead. 

No mind. It was a Sunday night of a 3 day weekend. Most people weren’t going to work the next day. So we were all out having some fun and letting the music take over – at least for a little while.

Coulda been worse. Coulda been a sick day. But in that case, we woulda all fit in anyway.

Live music. Allowing sick people to feel good too. Go figure.

Fundraising Ideas in Ohio

An excellent example of

Fundraising Ideas in Central Ohio

You know I am constantly doing charity events and we as entertainers know truly the value of giving something back. We are entertainers who love to provide live music entertainment whenever we can. And we are ALWAYS in support of communities who are doing their best to help out all of our kids. Kids are kids wherever you go. It doesn’t matter if its your church or your school or your activities center. We believe, my wife and I, that if we keep the kids busy and give them opportunities to experience a wide variety of activities, they will grow in confidence. Then when it’s their turn, they’ll be contributing members of society wherever they wind up.

In fact, here is an example of one of our kids in action.
https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ZayaGillogly/bobcathon-2014-15

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Even A Little Bit Can Make A HUGE Difference

Our oldest daughter, Zaya, is in school at Ohio University. (No that’s not her in the picture) She is involved in an excellent example of fundraising ideas. She is currently studying social work there in Athens OH. She is doing a great job so far. She is taking a full load of Honors Classes in their Tutorial Program. She is also working 25-30 a week at a family shelter.

Please give whatever you can. Because even a small donation can be HUGE to a child in need. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities 

Thanks.

Your Charity Event Ideas? Dueling Pianos

Charity event ideas? Tonight we are helping Lil Coalers Wrestling Club raise some money for their kids.

Joe and Chris talked about starting a local wrestling club at one of their kids soccer match last September. Since Coal City is not that big, 10 people asked them if they were serious by the end of the match.

They now have 91 kids in their program. They had no idea it was going to take off like it did.

So tonight they’re hosting their first ever charity event to but some wrestling mats for the kids.

Once the word got out that they were having dueling pianos, they had the phone ringing off the hook. 350 and counting. Walk ups are certain. When it comes to fundraising ideas, you can’t do much better than All American Dueling Pianos from Chicago.

Fundraiser entertainment at its best.

 

Is Live Music Excessive?

I was always wondering, ever since I was a wee young one, “Was I born with the Excessive Gene?”. I was never one to be satisfied easily. I was never the guy who was happy being the best. I always wanted to be great. Frustrating when it came to sports, yes. But thankfully I found something I could do well. Music. Specifically playing piano. I didn’t come fast nor easy for me. My obsessive nature allowed me to keep going even when I wasn’t really cutting it on the music scene.

So that’s why when I heard from a potential client who wanted to hire us for their fundraiser entertainment that they thought “Live Music was a bit excessive for our event.” I thought “Wow! I’m right on target again.”

I don’t mind hearing “No.” since I have been hearing it most of my life. Plus, I know when I get rejected, I’m all that much closer to hearing someone say “Yes!”

Live music at your next event is not excessive. It is perfect because, nowadays, no one expects it. It used to be there was a ton of bands out there performing and doing gigs. But now it seems like the only time you hear live music anymore it is a wedding music bands or at church.

That’s why we get called repeatedly, year after year, by our customers who are hosting graduation parties or charity events or company events. Live music works. I may even go so far as to argue that it is necessary.

It brings your donors back year after year. They bring their friends. They want to hear good music and have a few laughs and enjoy themselves. Live music adds color to this otherwise bland and monochrome world.

So thank you rejected potential future client. I take it as a compliment that Live Music is Excessive. We are.

Call us for your next fund raiser and watch us raise some fund for your charity. 773-527-7417

Live music in Kankakee

Woo hoo! Another Saturday night performing in public. I never, ever tired of this.

Tonight were in Kankakee at the KC Hall. There’s a packed house and we have a dueling pianos show all set for you. Love it! If you’re in the neighborhood stop on by.

It’s a charity event for a catholic school. So a good cause all around. Good clean live music and comedy. We know how to behave when it comes to good clean comedy. Yet once the nuns take off and go back to the convent, well let our hair down. I mean comedy is comedy, right? And live music is live music. I knew you you knew that.

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Did You Have As Much Fun This Weekend As Me While I Played Piano Music?

I had yet another fascinating weekend playing piano music last week that I would love to tell you about if you give me about 5 mins of your time.

This last weekend I played a series of gigs that reminded how, as an entertainer I get to see all kinds of cool stuff. I get to view the power of
piano music on a daily basis.

Thursday I provided charity event entertainment in the Sears Tower (a.k.a. the Willis Tower, but I’m from Chicago so I still call it the Sears Tower). People came together to raise money for detection and prevention of some very rare disease that tragically took the life of a teen aged boy a few years back. The father of the boy gave a moving speech about the tragedy and the ensuing life saving research that has been come out of his son’s dying wish; to find out what happened to him and to save others’ from contracting his disease. They have raised over $100K to date. And this Fall their findings are going to be published in a major medical journal. They have already saved hundreds of lives.

Oh yeah … there was a sunset that night above the rain clouds I witnessed from the 67th Floor that I will remember forever!

sunset_sears_towerFriday night I played a party for a family celebrating Dad’s and daughter’s birthdays. The young lady was 17 (the same age as our oldest daughter). Her friends we’re all into music and dance and theater and were charming and talented and polite and knowledgable about different genres of music. Of course, we all know what youthful energy looks like. But to see it firsthand from the piano bench on the bandstand is, once again, a reason to keep playing live music.

Instead of just playing solo piano and singing, I had the phenomenal guitarist, Chris Winters, onstage with me that night. Chris and I rambled through a menagerie of popular music ranging from current Pop hits to ancient R&B, Jump Blues, Classic Rock hits back to Ballads and everything in between. The kids knew several American Classic Songwriters like Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael and all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody. They had a choreographed bit they did to Footloose.

The reason I mention all this is in case you were worried about the youth of America these days — don’t! They are in good hands from the music teachers in public schools in the western suburbs.

Saturday afternoon I played at a Moose Lodge. I hadn’t been in one of those in years. I started out many moons ago playing Moose Lodges and VFW Halls. This week I was hired by a gentleman who (let’s see if I can get this right) was “installed as a Pilgrim for the Moose Hearts.” It took 35 years of charitable works to achieve this level. Whew!

I played some background solo piano music and believe me if I had let my false pride get in the way I would have found this gig kind of boring. But as I said earlier I have found the power of music to be truly enlightening.

The crowd was generally older. But there were middle aged men and women there as well. I must have received 30 compliments from the possibly 40 people in attendance. I received applause after numerous songs and medleys throughout the evening. When I play background piano music, I don’t expect applause. That’s the whole point of playing background music. Be in the background

What I’m saying is people appreciate good live music. “It is rare to hear it much these days, except at weddings or funerals”, one lady told me. Our guest of honor told me later, “You filled the void that could not have been filled any other way. Thank you.”

No. Thank you David for all you do for your community.

Later that night I played a “hip and trendy” restaurant gig where the majority of people didn’t even realize I was there through all the lights and glitz.

Then Sunday night I played a house party in the NW burbs, my old stomping grounds. I was invited by the children of a woman celebrating her 70th birthday party. I was a surprise.

Since she is a student of the piano, she was appreciative of what I do on the instrument. I had ’em all singing along and, of course, dancing in the living room. The grand kids joined in including the toddlers. The Cute Quotient was at an all time high that night. But that was not the highlight.

At the beginning of the music hour, young 12 year old Emma sang ‘Desperado’ to her Gramma. She was very talented and a little nervous and she did an excellent rendition! When she finished there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

I could say this was a normal weekend and on some levels I would be right. I get to see these occurrences on a daily basis. Live music is usually celebrated at happy occasions; birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, charity events, etc. You invite me into your homes and to your private family events.

But this weekend had some major evidence presented to me that what we do week in and week out as musicians is important. People need live music, bands, piano music, dueling pianos, jazz trios more than they realize. It doesn’t matter where or when or how.

We all need music. I know I do.

I need to perform. I need to play piano. If I don’t, I don’t feel right.

And so I want to thank everyone of you, especially those of you who called and hired me and the other musicians this week. Thank you. You allow me to do what I was put on the Earth to do. And you make my life fuller by allowing me to come enrich yours.

Kankakee Dueling Pianos – Knights of Columbus

Kankakee Dueling Pianos in Illinois will bring out the folks to your company event or your fund raising party ideas.

This time we are back down here to help the member of the area’s chambers of commerce raise awareness and increase enrollment. Dueling pianos always brings people together with live music and comedy.

Bring us to your next event with dueling pianos and we will make you look good
b’cuz we sound good!

Call Dan at 773-527-7417 To Reserve Your Spot on The Calender 

Fund Raiser Entertainment

Entertainment for Events – Dueling Pianos in Iowa for your Charity Fund Raiser

Corporate Event Venue

We’ve got an exceleent package coming up this weekend out in Bee-You-Tee-Full Denison IA. We will be at the Boulders Conference Center. If you’re looking for a scenic, rural location for your next corporate event this is the place. Located east of Omaha, we will be performing a fund raiser for Majestic Hills Country Club on 2/4/2012.

What we usually do for special events entertainment is we can GUARANTEE all your friends and ALL your guests will be interacting with music, dance and laughter.

It’s part of our fundraising event package. Dueling Pianos is a versatile and exciting form of entertainment available to make you look good at your next corporate event. We raise funds easily because  we get everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed through music and laughter. Charity fundraising entertainment is our specialty. We travel all over the USA performing dueling pianos. Iowa is our next stop.

So if you’re looking for a great venue for your next fund raiser, entertainment is part and parcel to the overall success of your event.