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#355545 - 07/11/02 10:56 AM My annual "meat loaf" recital
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In about a month I will give my annual meatloaf recital at the assisted living home where my 103 year old granmother lives. She still reads about five books a week and has only two medications in her medicine cabinet. I call it a "meatloaf" recital because as I was playing in a previous recital someone blurted out very loudly " How's the meat loaf tonight?" Another time I said "Now I'm going to play Art Tatum's version of I'm in the Mood for Love" and then some old guy in the back yells out "You bet we are!"

My short program is about half as long as usual and consists of:

1. Brahms Lullaby transcribed by Cortot
2. 3 songs (Was weiss ein nie gekusster Rosenmund by Kalman, Hello young Lovers by Richard Rodgers, and Londonderry Air) all transcribed by Stephen Hough
3. Kunsterleben (Artists Life)by Joh.Strauss(transcribed by Siloti)

I might play Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag(although i am frankly tired of it). It was written the same year my grandmother was born- 1899!

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#355546 - 07/11/02 11:15 AM Re: My annual "meat loaf" recital
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Have a great time! The program sounds wonderful.

I've played once at an assisted-living center. It was an experience, to say the least, but a good one.

My teacher was getting ready for a big performance and arranged this concert for her practice (and my panic-stricken performance!). What I recall was the sound of very regular snoring during portions of the Mozart Sonata I played... It was hard not to use it as a metronome (if only it had been just a tad faster...). Of course, I viewed it as a commentary of my chosen piece and the performance level. The guy sure snapped to when my teacher played Rachmaninoff! ;\)


#355547 - 07/11/02 01:37 PM Re: My annual "meat loaf" recital
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Originally posted by pianoloverus:
Another time I said "Now I'm going to play Art Tatum's version of I'm in the Mood for Love" and then some old guy in the back yells out "You bet we are!"

Love it. \:D

Your grandma sounds like an amazing lady. Have fun performing.

#355548 - 07/11/02 10:06 PM Re: My annual "meat loaf" recital
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When I was in high school, I was part of an informal band that "toured" many local assisted living facilities. Mostly we sang show tunes, but the group always gave me one big piano solo. Usually I played "Bridge over Troubled Water." As I think back on it, I doubt any of the people in the audience had ever heard of Simon and Garfunkel. But they applauded like crazy anyway. It was a very rewarding experience. So I wish you well, pianoloverus.

#355549 - 07/12/02 03:42 AM Re: My annual "meat loaf" recital
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I well remember playing BOTW in my 8th grade "talent show" at school. It was a new song then, I absolutely loved it and played it over and over. I mean, this song was fused into my brain.

Well, fast-forward to the talent show itself, and I am on stage playing the song, but my mind wandered terribly (a bad habit I have to this day) and all of a sudden I jolted back to present reality with absolutely NO IDEA of where I was in the piece, what notes I had just played, etc.

Embarrassing enough, but when you're in 8th grade in front of the whole school, it's enough to make you want to crawl under a rock and die... aaaarrrrrgggghhh!



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