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Valentines Day Ideas

21 Romance Sparking Valentines Day Ideas  

These are 21 Romance Sparking Valentines Day Ideas. These might be some new ideas. Or maybe some these are some old ones you forgot about. Everyday life tends to get in the way from time to time. Taking a look at this list may spark a bit of imagination; possibly a bit of romance, on this heartfelt holiday. Besides, you might look like the hero for coming up with the best date ever on Feb 14.

Date Night Ideas for Lovers 

  1. Get your astrology fix: If love is in the air, it probably started with the stars. See if your stars are truly aligned. Go to a planetarium or get astrological chart read. Fun for both. Another one no one really knows about but is gaining in popularity … get your Akashic Records read. Don’t know what it is? Neither did I. It’s really cool. My friend Christina does it and it was really fun and insightful. Tell her I sent you. https://akashicloveandlight.com/
  2. Sign up for a cooking class: Food. Glorious food. Try some new recipes. Go together and see what you two can come up with.
  3. See some great live music together: Nothing like going out and hearing your favorite band. Or since this is about trying something new … go see a band or visit a club you haven’t been to yet. Live music always changes the way we feel. I know what I’m talking about. I am the Dan the Pianoman after all.
  4. Take a yoga class: Many to choose from. Acroyoga is partners yoga. Kundalini is very sensual and focuses a lot on breathing you can use later … Wink*Wink*

 

Valentines Day Ideas 2019 

5. Watch the sunset or sunrise: Find a hotel bar with a great view. Or take a trip up to the top of a skyscraper like the Willis Tower Skydeck. https://theskydeck.com/

6. Explore part of your city you’ve never been to: Large cities have restaurants and night clubs that are off the beaten path and frequently well worth the effort.

7. Book a Hotel room: Order room service. Need I say anymore?

8. Take a spa day: So nice in the middle of winter. Relax. Rejuvenate. Sometimes you could get a massage. Kick those endorphins in gear. Mmmmm ….

9. Watch a comedy show: Funny you should ask. Yes of course I do get out to see some live comics. Stand up is a great way to go. Laughter is great foreplay. Or so my wife tells me. I don’t always do a ‘stand up’ act. Because I’m more of a ‘Sit Down’ comedy act. I play the piano and sing silly songs. So let’s book a Valentine’s Day event where you are at this year.

10. Go karaoke: I see how much you enjoy singing along. If you’re not heading out to a really good piano bar for some sing along … or is you’re going to call me to come on over at another time … Karaoke is a great date night on Valentine’s Day. Singing gets the blood flowing and we all know that can lead to other great things flowing with a romantic date night.

11. Poetry reading: Have you guys heard of Poetry Slams? They’re taking off all ovoer the place. Look one up in your neighborhood. Writers get up on stage and read their material in front of a live audience. No Poetry Slam where you’re at? Curl up under a blanket and read some to each other. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.

12. A burlesque show: These are cool too. Not a striptease per se. More like a vaudeville show celebrating beauty, movement and entertainment in a cabaret setting.

13.Rollerskating: This one of the first dates I ever went on in junior high school. Of course we were surrounded by 20 or 30 of our closest personal friends at the time. But still. 

14.Ice-skating: No matter the weather … ice rinks are now so modernized, we don’t have to wait for the weather to be cooperating. On the other hand … have you ever been skating out on a frozen lake?
Just sayin’ …

15. Go to a basketball or hockey game: Living in Chicago we have two pro teams. But there are also some pro teams at the level below the NHL or the NBA. Womens basketball leagues and semi-pro teams are in abundance.

16. A theme dinner: Not like a costume party. But close. Themes can include ethnic fare you wouldn’t normally try. Besides guys, we can never go wrong if you’re the one who likes to provide for your partner. It can trigger deep rooted primal patterns in our lovers that pay off when the time is right.

17. A night at the museum: There are so many variations on what used to be the archaic museums we grew up on. Interactive museums can be so much more exciting. For example, Art Museums where you get to create some art. Music history museums that will allow you to set up some instruments and jam along.

18. Ghost tour: Maybe more of Halloween date. But … hey … a good idea is a good idea, right?

19. Chocolate tasting and Truffle making: Yummy, yummy, yummy get some love in your Tummy

20. Have a bonfire: I know it’s winter. But what about a walk out into the woods and I’m sure it’s colder than you’re used to. But a bonfire can be so spiritually connecting and invigorating. If not, try blazing the wild fandango out back. Or perhaps in one of the forest preserve shelters. I’m in Chicago USA. We have a ton of natural wildlife places to go – even in winter.

21. Or my personal favorite idea … Hire Me !!!  Bring 20 other couples. We’ll have a blast! I go everywhere and everywhere I go we have fun. My pianos are portable or I can play your piano. 

Let’s make this Valentine’s Day extra special. Live music & comedy always creates great memories that last well beyond the holiday.

So give me a call and let’s see what kind of fun we can create.

 

 

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New Years Eve 2019 Chicago

You’re thinking about what to do this year for New Years Eve 2019? Chicago has a whole entire host of things to do.  Anyone of these ideas will do just fine — depending on your thirst for action and fun. For example … 

  1. Navy Pier Fireworks
  2. Hotel parties
  3. Special venues
  4. Concerts
  5. Restaurants
  6. DJs
  7. Dance Clubs

If you want to hassle with the crowds and the parking, the choices are endless here in Chicago. We can easily list a wide variety of possibilities. 

Or we can offer an exciting and energetic alternative to big crowds and all you can eat buffets.

Try a private party at your home or at your venue. Sing along fun. Dancing all night. Laughs and great memories.

Exceptional Sing-Along Piano Music Show!

Your guests will certainly recognize the songs, but the piano/comedy formula will make every note and lyric seem like the first time.

People always ask us, “How do you do that?”

The answer is both annoying and true-to-the-bone: It’s Magic.

The alchemy that happens when a group gathers, puts down their collective smartphone and surrenders to their human need for connection, laughter, movement, and music.

Of course, there is the rarely-seen skill of a talented musician actually playing their instrument – live and unprocessed. Who does that anymore?!

No backing tracks. No drum machines. No auto-tune. You and your guests feel the difference – and that love comes back to you.

Decision made. Make a call. Leave the rest to us. And Happy New Year 2019!

New Years Eve 2019  Chicago Style! Make it real. Make it yours. Make it the best one ever.

When you build your own Piano Bar, There’s no need to let me leave. We partied until close to 3 AM.

When you Absolutely, Positively Must Have Fun! Exceptional Sing-Along with a Piano Music Show that Guarantees You Will Look Good B’cuz We Sound Good!

 

Company Party Entertainment Ideas

Have you thought of the best company party entertainment ideas you possibly can? Have you made all your final plans for the Holiday Season? I doubt it. Nobody but the most advanced planners would. Which is why it’s important to ask.

Your next company event (after Halloween) may be the biggest company party you host this year. That’s why it’s important to get it right this year.

Were last year’s company parties the best you’ve ever been to? Or did you get some cheap band … or a crummy DJ that plays all the same songs?

This year will be when you give Dan the Pianoman a call. Exceptional Sing-Along Piano Music.

Great live music and comedy. Sing along to the songs everyone knows the words to and even the ones you don’t know.

Feel Good. Laugh Loudly. Sing Louder.

It’s all possible with one phone call. 773-527-7417. Talk to Amber and see if your date is available. There are only a few weekends available in this upcoming holiday party season. Better get yours fast.

Or you might be stuck with the same old boring DJ you had last year.

“We had the best time with Dan the Pianoman. He got us all up around the piano singing and dancing. I don’t think we sat down all night.”

Company events with live music is going to provide way more long-lasting memories than with a just a DJ. So, give us a call. Great piano music – holiday party entertainment everyone will enjoy. Great live music and comedy.

So think about it for next year. Or better yet, just do it this year. Get your people together for a memorably fun night of live music and comedy. Piano music with style. Chicago Piano player Dan Gillogly travels all over the place to bring more fun than is legally allowed by law.

Not only will you be glad you called this year, everyone in your office will be thanking you for too. Call now before the choice dates are gone.

Sing Laugh. Dance. Great memories One Song At A Time.

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 an 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 shown 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 the accounting business 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 lifelong memories for everyone in attendance.

One of The Worst Days in Chicago History

We are tremendously loyal to our big name stars who have spent any amount of time in Chicago. We are frequently claiming credit for the accolades that anyone brings to our grand city. The warmth of your accomplishments leaves us magnificently glistening beneath the snowy stars.

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, three major internationally recognized stars hit the pavement hard. And we watched with gleeful anticipation.

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Derrick Rose – MVP

First we lost D Rose. Former MVP of the NBA out with another knee injury, his third requiring surgery and major rehabilitation in 3 years. Yes, Derrick Rose, a truly homegrown product who has accomplished much in his short and talented life. Down for the count again. Will he return? Possibly. But will he ever be an MVP again? Hard to say.

Some say “No way!”

 

Will he ever lead the Bulls to an NBA Championship? Time will tell. I wouldn’t count him out.

 We love our heroes when they win. We adore them when they repeat.

Next, (yes, all on the same day) we lost ‘Kaner’ aka Patrick Kane leading scorer in the NHL on this day. Yes he has the repeat bug 2-Time Stanley Cup winner and the reigning champion of the All Star Game Skills Competition. Gone for 6-10 weeks with what appears to be a broken collarbone.

Taken out on a cheap hit by some guy know one pays to go and see no matter where he is playing. Kane is from Buffalo NY but he is ours now baby! It is safe to say we don’t win either of those Cups without him. I mean, just look at this guy … Will he be back in time for the playoffs?

Third (and not so lastly) Rahm Emmanuel reigning champion of Chicago politics. Former Chief of Staff of our Commander In Chief and Chicago home owner Barack Obama. Currently our sitting Mayor of only one term. His predecessor, Richie M Daley holds the record for 6 terms, which he wrested from the the previous record of 5 terms held by his Dear Ole Dad Richard Sr.

Yet poor old Rahm may not make it to repeat with even a 2nd term. Why? Because he did not hold a majority in the election held on Tuesday and now faces a run off in 6 weeks against some guy named ‘Chuy’.

Who?

Yes Chuy ran as kind of an afterthought and has basically no clue what to do with our huge budgetary shortfalls and monstrous chasms of quality jobs if actually elected.

So instead Chuy just stands there on the podium and smiles like he just got elected Prom King along with the virgin cheerleader that never talks to him in the high school hallways.

These three stories are in no way to be dismissed lightly when Chicago history books get re-written. And yet these three separate but significant events will be talked about and examined by pundits, talking heads and prognosticators until the first tulip blooms this spring.

These next 6-8 weeks before the run-off election and before the playoffs will be a boon for comedy writers and bloggers spanning this City of Big Shoulders. From Lakeview to Austin. From Evanston to Hyde Park. Yes we will capitalize on the heart ache and misfortunes of others’. Even though they are our superheros.

But we will do it with love and good humor. After all it is February and it is Chicago and there is a new layer of snow falling to the ground as I write this.

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So we’ve got to do something to pass the time. Because even though pitchers and catchers reported to spring training last week, from where we stand we are still light years away from a walk down by the lake to cool off from a humid summer day that we spent in the bleachers that have been completely rebuilt during the reconstruction of Wrigley Field that seemed to have never ended.

So here’s to our stars, home grown and otherwise. The winners and the not so winners. The runner ups and the contestants. We love you all for gracing us with your presence so that we may temporarily bask in your warm glow, if only for a moment, to say “C’mon! You can do it again!”

Can You Really Effectively Do Fundraising For Your Church With Just A Piano Player?

It’s always interesting when I get a call to do some fundraising for your church or school from someone who wants me to play piano music at their charity event. But they think the piano can only be relegated to background music.

It’s true we can offer some beautiful ambiance.

But there is so much more to what I bring to the table. What I offer for your fund raiser entertainment is to bring people together. But if I am also going to be the background piano player first, then I need to bring them in differently than if I am your headliner entertainment.

That’s exactly what I was able to do here for this church fund raiser. Check this out …

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Thank YOU!!!

You’re Welcome! 

It’s always a pleasure to help raise funds for churches and schools. I never get tired of it.

We have a wonderful community here in Chicago. A real mixture of people and cultures and needs. St Nicolai has been around for 125 years now. Think about what that means. All the different changes this community has seen over the decades. From working class families to immigrants to 2nd, 3rd and now 4th generations of people living and working ad dying in the City of Chicago.

I’ve been living and working in Chicago as a musician since 1981. I grew up in the suburbs. I came down here to U of I as it was called back then. Now our kids have grown up here and call these neighbors their friends too.

I’ve known Dave Antieau for a long time. He’s been the pastor at St. Nicolai’s for several years now. He started off as one of my piano students back when I was teaching full time.

His wife is a wonderful woman who is just as active in the community as David is. They’ve seen me perform live music at a mutual friend’s wedding. It’s all the same thing for us.

Bring people together with the power of music and
create great memories. Let us do the same for you and your fundraising efforts.

Call now 773-527-7417 

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