Anyone performing for family during the holidays?

04-Jan-2016 07:51 AM

Mark A

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Family is 3000 miles away, but I was invited to a New Years Day party at the home of a nearby Sonatan, and of course I had to play the piano.  It was mishmash of not-quite-polished stuff, ranging from Gershwin's "The Man I Love" to three Ravel pieces, with some Chopin and Brahms thrown in there too.
   
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31-Dec-2015 03:40 PM

Polly

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So true, Chris! I'm glad that you've put yourself out there and gotten the positive feedback!

Polly

   
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31-Dec-2015 03:21 PM

Chris

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Yup!  Lots of playing for the holidays...but mostly for nursing homes and with my little piano trio for a Lessons and Carols service.  Playing in nursing homes, though, is the most rewarding of all.  They just LOVE it....and are very forgiving

Happy Holidays!

   
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31-Dec-2015 12:53 PM

Polly

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That's good enough, Christie! Some people are so busy with family and friends during the holiday season that they can't practice at all. Glad you're getting some quality time in.

Polly

   
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31-Dec-2015 10:47 AM

Christie

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Only family around this year will be Peter, and he hears my practice daily.  Maybe I can ask him to actually sit there and listen to a piece I have "finished" -- at least as finished as I can accomplish.  Grieg's tiny lyric piece called "Religious Song"sounds Christmasy.

   
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24-Dec-2015 11:21 AM

Polly

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Great music, Jack! Thanks for sharing

   
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24-Dec-2015 09:20 AM

Jack

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Not for family, but I hosted a Christmas edition of my Miami Amateur Adult Pianists Meetup on Monday. Served Christmas cookies and champaign. I played Villa-Lobos "A Lenda do Caboclo," a piece I discovered by hearing it on the radio. Others played Beethoven, Mozart and a jazz version of "White Christmas."

Jack Johnson

   
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23-Dec-2015 11:17 PM

Polly

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Wow, CD's! Nice job, Barbara. What kind of music will be on it?

Polly

P.S. I'm finding that forums work differently in applying in that they stack according to when they're written so we may have to copy and paste what someone is replying to or put someone's name in the response for people to get the gist of the conversation in the thread with multiple contributors.

   
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23-Dec-2015 11:14 PM

Polly

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Perfect, Lorraine!

Polly

   
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23-Dec-2015 08:28 PM

BarbN

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Thanksgiving is the only time family gathers at my house ... so I won't be playing for family ...  but each Christmas I make a CD for family and friends -- usually solo arrangements of standards that I compile throughout the year.  

This year's CD evolved into an assortment of love songs, which I decided to dedicate to my husband, who was truly overwhelmed, since this annual project began 12 years ago as a gift for my cousin, who eagerly awaits each new CD.  When I call her on the phone I quite often can hear myself playing in the background at her house!


   
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23-Dec-2015 04:31 PM

lawyer

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I'll be in NJ with all the musical folks in our family

so there will be lots of music - song and played.

Lorraine

   
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23-Dec-2015 03:18 PM

Polly

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My Mom won't be joining us in person for Christmas this year so we plan to Skype her (she's in FL) so she can hear her grandkids perform. I'll post what they'll be playing after the holidays. It's a tradition that has been going on for years now and it always puts a smile on her face.
   
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23-Dec-2015 02:42 PM

shrinkydink

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if I played anything on the piano for my family during the holidays, they would need more valium than I could possibly write a prescription for....

   
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23-Dec-2015 11:38 AM

Polly

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If so, what will you be playing? Inquiring minds (and fingers!) want to know.

Polly

   
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