9780879308247

Piano Girl

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  • ISBN13:

    9780879308247

  • ISBN10:

    0879308249

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-04-21
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books

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Summary

Piano Girl is the story of one woman's accidental career as a cocktail-lounge piano player. Sometimes poignant and often hilarious, this engaging memoir reveals the comedies, tragedies, and mundane miracles witnessed from the business side of the keyboard. A pianist in lounges and lobbies around the world, Robin Meloy Goldsby tells her story by connecting the people she has met with the places she has played and the pianos she has known. Along the way she discovers the human side, for better or worse, of her audiences - mobsters and moguls, the down-and-out and downright scary, and ordinary people dealing with life in extraordinary ways. Her tale provides insights into the art and craft of piano playing as well as inspiring lessons in life as Robin pursues her dreams on her own terms.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Life from the Other Side of the Steinway vii
Part I, 1976--1979
1(72)
Play Something You Know
3(8)
Nantucket Sound
11(5)
Roses and Daffodils
16(9)
Sand Dunes and Salty Air
25(4)
Playback 1977
29(5)
Someone to Watch Over Me
34(8)
Circus, Circus
42(10)
Handful of Keys
52(5)
Wonderful Night
57(11)
Playback 1979
68(5)
Part II, 1980--1994
73(162)
Travelin' Light
75(4)
Gypsy, Tempest, and Me
79(10)
The Man on the Ceiling
89(7)
The Waterbury Blues
96(6)
Yellow Bird
102(10)
Nice Work If You Can Get It
112(6)
Marble Fountains, Velvet Caves
118(6)
Playback 1984
124(4)
All the Sad Young Men
128(12)
There's a Small Hotel
140(13)
Just Beyond the Garden Wall
153(3)
Prisoner of Love (Always a Bridesmaid, Never an Inmate)
156(15)
Playback 1989
171(4)
Purple Hibiscus
175(13)
They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright
188(4)
Virginia
192(3)
Like an Angel
195(4)
The Almond Tree
199(5)
Little Scraps of Paper
204(7)
Crash Test
211(5)
Playback 1990
216(4)
Starry, Starry Night
220(5)
Married to the Bass
225(4)
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
229(6)
Part III, 1994--2004
235(41)
Music of Good-bye
237(5)
Intermission
242(4)
Playback 1998
246(4)
Some Enchanted Evening
250(6)
Playback 2002
256(4)
Here Comes That Bride
260(8)
Playback 2004
268(4)
Julia's Playback
272(4)
Acknowledgments 276(2)
About the Author 278

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