Category Archives: Overheard

Don’t be that way

One of the many books my daughter and I enjoyed reading together when she was little was The Bike Lesson, a Berenstain Bears adventure. It still makes me laugh. Small Bear gets a new bike; Papa Bear teaches him how … Continue reading

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Heard from the bench #6

“Look at all those handsome fellas!” No one expresses appreciation for the world around her quite like Mae. That day, it was the sight of three young maintenance men walking by that delighted her. I looked up from the piano … Continue reading

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Heard from the bench #5

Any time I need a little reassurance that someone out there is actually listening to the background music I’m playing, I pull out an evergreen from 1945: “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.” When I hear singing – and I … Continue reading

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Song without words

“Who put the kick in the chicken?” Patty repeatedly asked her tablemates, over a lunch of tuna salad. They tried hard to figure out what she meant, with no luck. Patty’s frustration mounted. “WHO PUT THE KICK IN THE CHICKEN?” … Continue reading

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Heard from the bench #4

Thea would have made a great contestant on the old game show Name That Tune. After I play just a few measures of a song, she can identify it. She proudly announces each title to the other women she sits … Continue reading

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Heard from the bench #3

It was Friday, so the smell of fish cutlets greeted me when I arrived in the assisted living center’s dining room. I knew from discussions with the chef that he likes having me there to play during lunch. The music … Continue reading

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Heard from the bench #2

The demographics work in his favor, and Eldon takes full advantage. Short in stature and long on ladies-man aspirations, he’s a resident in a retirement community where women outnumber men about 7 to 1. Many of the single men I’ve … Continue reading

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Heard from the bench

The bouncy 1937 tune “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by prolific composer Irving Berlin finds its way into my piano programs from December through February. Maybe even March. Midwest winters do linger. I played the song for … Continue reading

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