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#1519876 - 09/21/10 03:01 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
elecmuse3 Offline
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Closing the Liberace museum?? shocked
I went to it once; a setting and building too small and ordinary for the extravagance of its honoree, but still enjoyable, and a decent look into a unique cultural phenomenon.
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#1520106 - 09/21/10 09:15 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
TimR Offline
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Loc: Virginia, USA
Originally Posted By: Piano Girl RMG

Convince me I should fall in love with you . . .


That is awesome. You really have a gift.

Now, don't take this the wrong way.

When I was reading it, another song popped into my head, because the last lines match:

Release me, and let.......me love again!

i hope hope hope it isn't the same tune!
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#1520231 - 09/22/10 12:47 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Funny, Tim! No, not the same tune at all. Joyce wrote the music, so no chance of that happening.

Elecmuse3, wow, you actually went to the Liberace Museum! Cool.

Jeff, if I ever get to the West Coast, YOU are going to be my nature guide. Oh my, the things you know.

I will bet that Liberace played his share of weddings, but I'll also bet he angered some brides by wearing outfits that upstaged them.

Monday's wedding was a gay wedding. Very nice!
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#1520412 - 09/22/10 10:03 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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somewhere i have a Best of Liberace CD... got it at a garage sale.
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#1520650 - 09/22/10 05:04 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Elssa Offline
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I saw him at Radio City Music Hall in the 80s.. quite a spectacle, but I love his playing. My teacher was the regular organist there at the time.

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#1520799 - 09/22/10 10:03 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Took a quick look-up on B&N--- 16 different Liberace CDs, DVDs, and multi-disc collections still in print. In theory, at least; I find they list many things which they are not able to fulfill if I actually order them.

Still, it's a respectable offering, after all this time.

I can't say I personally remember any of his performances, except for a YouTube clip of him performing with Phyllis Diller--- she on harpsichord. She is (if I remember right) a Curtis graduate... maybe I have the school wrong, but she is a more serious musician than most know.

As for that performance, well... pure ham, I'm afraid. But I guess it worked for the B&W TV of the era. You have to give it some punch to put it across, even some Punch and Judy.
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#1522210 - 09/25/10 01:02 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Bad wedding karma this weekend:

Played the cocktail party for a wedding last night. A small group, maybe twenty people or so. They were nice, but spent the entire time with a commando photographer who shouted orders at them about posing. I guess that photographers have to take charge to get the shots they want, but this was a little extreme.

The result was less like an elegant cocktail party and more like playing for a military drill.

But what could I do? The bride had hired the photographer, so it wasn't my job to tell him to chill out. Not a great situation, but I can deal with an hour of just about anything.

The wedding party for tonight balked at my price (I have a two hour minimum, even if I only play for twenty minutes) and decided to go with a "friend" who plays a little piano. Fine. These people were difficult right from the beginning, so aside from the paycheck, I'm not really missing much.

So wish me well, my friends—I have a Saturday night OFF!
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#1522229 - 09/25/10 01:50 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
BDB Offline
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I have Saturday night off, too. Good thing, because I have an 8:30 am tuning for a 11:00 am show!
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#1522363 - 09/25/10 11:37 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Well... people have been known to perform the Wedding March on paper-and-comb and kazoo at a pinch.

I don't know that anyone would want to listen to as much as twenty minutes of it, let alone two hours. But for tonal variety, the recessional could be scored for Marine Band harmonica and didgeridoo.

Tell me, at least, that you didn't give them your demo CD. The Special Edition.
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#1522750 - 09/25/10 10:36 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Monica K. Offline

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Originally Posted By: Piano Girl RMG


So wish me well, my friends—I have a Saturday night OFF!


Ooh! If you are stuck for ideas, you can always do what our family does on Saturday nights: Enter into spirited debate and negotiations regarding what DVD to rent (it can be hard to find the perfect action movie/post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller/romantic comedy/Spongebob epic combination to please all four of us), change into jammies, and crowd into the family room to watch the movie, with the highlight being the ice cream break halfway through. We're such a wild and crazy group. wink
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#1522754 - 09/25/10 10:49 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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Ha! Jeff I haven't thought of that Special Edition CD for months. I certainly should have sent her one, along with a personal letter of recommendation from our favorite bride Frau von Weasel.

My CDs are the default music in the party salons. I should give the banquet director a Special Edition copy for occasions like this.

Good idea, Monica! I laughed out loud at your description of trying to find a film that everyone likes. What I ended up doing was working on a story about Mister Rogers and his wife Joanne. She had quite the career as a concert pianist. What an inspiring woman!

Playing for lunch today. I will no doubt run into last night's bride as she exits the Schloss. Hopefully I'll cop some flowers from last night's shindig. It's one of the benefits of playing on Sunday---I get the Saturday night flowers before they hit the dumpster.
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#1523011 - 09/26/10 11:50 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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ha

i used to live very close to a funeral home. I was a regular (almost daily) dumpster diver for wonderful flowers.

they just tossed them if unclaimed.

it was the best.
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#1523056 - 09/26/10 01:28 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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No flowers from last night's wedding. Rats!

It has been a great weekend. Not only did I have last night off, but the lunch crowd at ye olde castle was polite and friendly and right now I sitting here listen to pianist Rob Schneiderman play the heck out of my grand piano. Holy cow, can this guy play. Beautiful.
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#1523069 - 09/26/10 01:44 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Loc: San Jose, CA
Maybe they spent the whole wedding budget on the ring. That bride sounds like she might be the type. But I can't help recalling Audrey Hepburn's observation to George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's--- well, two things: "Oh thank you anyway," she said, declining a diamond ring, "but I've always felt that diamonds looked vulgar on anyone under the age of fifty--- don't you agree?" George Peppard said that he did agree. The audience did not believe a word.

The other great quote that may fit this situation: "Certain shades of limelight can ruin a girl's complexion."

I think they would have remembered the wedding more favorably if they had had your music to set the tone. Later on, the groom may remember not having it.
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#1523230 - 09/26/10 07:19 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Jeff Clef]
TimR Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
Well... people have been known to perform the Wedding March on paper-and-comb and kazoo at a pinch.


Have garklein, will travel.
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#1524756 - 09/29/10 02:07 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
casinitaly Offline

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Friends of mine play in a band, and they often do weddings.
On FB I saw a link to this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyHuNZ1h27U&feature=player_embedded

and thought some here might get a chuckle out of it.
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#1524838 - 09/29/10 07:31 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Thanks for posting Casinitaly! Another friend sent this to me a few weeks ago and I thought it was spot on! And those computer voices make the situation even funnier.

The maker of those videos should be hanging out on this forum.

Clef, those are such funny quotes. I especially like the "limelight" one.
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#1524979 - 09/29/10 12:48 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
elecmuse3 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/10
Posts: 304
Loc: Cincinnati
found this bit about requested wedding material on
http://www.ducksdeluxe.com/jokes.html
Lengthy but fun:


Dear Bandleader thank you for your letter. I really do think you have an
attitude problem and do want a few requests played if you don't mind. What
me and my wife were thinking was:

-Any Keith Jarrett composition from his solo series. Please arrange for
full ensemble and nothing in 4/4 please.

-Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dance of the Maya and please have the guitar player
play John Mcglaughlin's solo from the live performance Nov. 16, 1972 at
Chrysler Arena. My wife and I were at that show and particularly liked his
use of polyrhythmics. If you find it too difficult you can leave out the
feedback. Your choice.

-John Coltrane's duets with Pharaoh Sanders. I understand that their use of
atonality is not everyone's cup of tea, but my guests are usually fond of|
high register tenor saxes.

-We thought a little Stravinsky would be nice. We particularly like the
|Rite of Spring. If you want to use the sheet music it's OK. My husband
likes it about 1/4 note = 93 beats per minute.

-Then for the candle lighting ceremony, please learn Frank Zappa's "The
Great Wazoo". If you want to play it in the originally B flat, that would
be OK. And yes, cousin Jeannie does want to sing the baritone sax solo.
Please don't say no, it would hurt her feelings so.

-Finally we have built our own musical instruments (It's kind of a hobby
with us) and we would appreciate if you would use our instruments. None of
them are based upon a 12 tone scale or on common harmonics, but our 5 year
old son tells us it's not really that hard to transpose once you understand
the physics.

We would be happy to pay each member an extra $25 for any inconvenience.
Thank you and don't be late!
Mr. and Mrs. Snovly
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#1525071 - 09/29/10 02:46 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Loc: Germany
Elecmuse 3,

This is the funniest thing ever. I just sent it to my editor, my husband, my father, all of whom will love it. THANK YOU!!
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#1528998 - 10/05/10 09:24 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Registered: 10/05/08
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Loc: San Jose, CA
You might enjoy this thread, Robin. The last post about the "Felini-like theatricality" of the celebrants... well, check it out.

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...0we.html#UNREAD
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#1529254 - 10/06/10 08:25 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
apple* Offline


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Loc: Kansas
for some reason I cannot edit my posts in this thread. It must be special. I realize my last post was tasteless .. sorry about that.
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#1529997 - 10/07/10 05:29 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Hey everyone, check out this short film, made by Bill Block and George Petit. It's called "The Drummer" and it's WONDERFUL. Yes, it's about a wedding band. It has been been wining awards here and there.

http://www.thedrummershort.com/watch_film.htm

The woman playing the event planner is perfect.
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#1532262 - 10/10/10 11:26 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
hmm.. i was sent a check for 25 for a recent funeral.. i don't know if it is payment or a tip. I'm thinking i shouldn't cash it. I hate it when that happens. usually the parish takes care to ensure that the proper fee is paid.
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#1532388 - 10/10/10 02:32 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
TimR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 3187
Loc: Virginia, USA
Originally Posted By: Piano Girl RMG
Hey everyone, check out this short film, made by Bill Block and George Petit. It's called "The Drummer" and it's WONDERFUL. Yes, it's about a wedding band. It has been been wining awards here and there.

http://www.thedrummershort.com/watch_film.htm

The woman playing the event planner is perfect.


Thanks for sharing that. I found it really moving.
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#1533904 - 10/12/10 02:05 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Loc: San Jose, CA
"...I'm thinking i shouldn't cash it...."

Apple! Wash your mouth out with soap, young lady. We don't tolerate that kind of language on this forum.

These people are saying, "Thank you." It is not only bad manners, but also highly unseemly to argue; it is like mud-wrestling with someone for the lunch check. Besides, do you think they want to have you on their check register every time they balance the books from now on?

You could send them a little note, thanking them for their thoughtfulness as they are thanking you for yours.

Look for a young musician who could really use twenty-five bucks. Find some pretext to see to it that they get it. Think of the generosity of these gracious people, and send them your blessings. No one need ever know.
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#1534189 - 10/12/10 09:30 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
i was thinking Jeff, that that was my payment. I did also receive a check from the church just today, so know I know the proper thing to do is to write a thank you note. it was tip.

I was worried that if i cashed it, it would convey that i accepted that amount as payment.

all's well that ends well.
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#1534291 - 10/13/10 12:11 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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And on the same forum where a customer was told to "write their request on a twenty."
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#1534398 - 10/13/10 04:50 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Loc: Germany
Apple, I knew that's what you were worried about . . . that it was a lowball payment instead of a tip. Glad it worked out. Write the thank you note, and then go and buy yourself a snappy accessory for the next gig.

Last wedding of the season coming up on Saturday. I'll be playing for the entire dinner, which means four or five hours. These people have been very classy so far—no requests, no hysterical phone calls from the bride, the bride's mother, or the event planner. Looks as if everything will go smoothly.

Yeah, right.

Tim, glad you liked that short film. The drummer is an old friend of my husband's. I loved the singer and the older dancers! And i thought the dance sequence at the end somehow captured that "magic" thing that happens at some weddings. I've had it happen to me a handful of times. It keeps me going back for more.

In other news, the new book is coming along. I'm almost at the finish line.
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#1535280 - 10/14/10 10:29 AM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Posts: 4414
Loc: San Jose, CA
"...In other news, the new book is coming along. I'm almost at the finish line..."

Nicely-timed, too; the emergence of The Waltz of the Asparagus People will closely coincide with the emergence of actual asparagus. In California, anyway.

I can see it now, on the buffet table at the publication party. Chilled asparagus tips, lightly-braised in garlic and olive oil, served on a fresh green salad, with avocado slices.

If you had the party out here, all the ingredients could come from right down the road.
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#1535421 - 10/14/10 02:10 PM Re: Let's Talk Weddings [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Loc: Cincinnati
Asparagus, Garlic, Almonds, and more: there are some things I miss about living in California. OT, but many of you might not know that the state grows roughly 25 per cent of the WORLD'S veggies. It was a huge shock to me to move away and find lettuce priced by the pound, rather than just per head.
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