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 …
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.
… Glad to hear it. Most people wait until the last minute and then they can’t find quality professional entertainment for their company office party. It makes it extra hard to come up with quality holiday entertainment ideas under the pressure of the calendar deadline.
Holiday Party Planning ideas
It’s simple really. Most of the best entertainment agencies have their bookings solid by the time the leaves start to change their colors. But that’s because they have a limited number of options available for you to choose from. Not here. We don’t want you to be left out in the cold. We have a versatile entertainment company to assist you.
If you’re looking for corporate Team Building activities you can include in your company Christmas party, try a dueling pianos show.
We also have live music in the form of world class bands, jazz trios and hoola hoops.
Okay NOT hoola hoops. But when it comes to great party ideas, of course we’re going to recommend live music and comedy. It’s what we do best and it’s what we’ve been doing for well over 30 years now.
But if you’re in charge of organizing your company Christmas party for all the other Cubers, then think about a couple of these ideas.
Gingerbread Decorating Station. Everyone gets to decorate their own cookies. even take some home to the wee ones. Or better yet, build a bunch of fruit baskets that you can hand out to your friends as gifts.
Yes we know that when you call us with your date and you’re looking for holiday party planning ideas, we can deliver. It’s not an easy task being in charge of coming up with holiday party ideas for a small office — or a large one for that matter.
Give us a call right now. Let us know how we can help.
You’ll be amazed out how simple this can be.
Live music entertainment for events and holiday entertainment ideas.
Did someone mention team building? It’s all about the team. Building a good one is crucial to growing a successful operation. No know does it alone. This week after years of searching, seeking and eventually, finding, we now have a decent new video guy. In Chicago it’s all about if you know a guy. Sometimes it’s even better if you know a guy that knows a guy. Which was the case in getting this guy.
We’re going to be there two more times this summer. Thanks to Tom Klonowski who gave me a call for this one. We’ll be there again July 7 and once more on August something or other. Dueling pianos is always great team building fun for your corporate event or fund raiser because every show is different.
We could be singing some song you’ve heard a ba-jillion times before (like the rendition of Sweet Home Chicago you get to see on this video) and you get to hear something new that you’ll never hear again.
You may be listening to one of the more recent classics that Bruno Mars has cultivated. The thing is it’s never ever been like that before which also means it’ll never ever be like that again either.
And this video captures all that.
So if you need a guy, I got a guy. A good guy. And all thanks to my guy Michael McCarthy who gave me his guy’s number.
So what this means is you got a guy now too.
Don’t wait too long to call my guy like I did. Otherwise you might not get this guy.
Hi There and Welcome to Another Installment The Piano Bench Blog Cast:
Chicago Mayoral Election Results
Today’s broadcast comes in the form of some more great piano music and comedy. Our topic? Chicago mayoral election results. I certainly hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed writing and recording.
Chicago politics has no shortage of great comedy material. So tune in regularly.
And be sure to contact me, Dan, for your custom written music and comedy for your client appreciation night, your corporate event or hospital visit.
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.
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.