Category Archives: Singing

I concentrate on you

A couple of weeks ago, a man wheeled his dad into an assisted-living dining room past the piano. I was playing “It Had to Be You.” The son was whistling something else, a song I didn’t recognize. He kept whistling … Continue reading

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So happy together

Remember the scene in The Music Man when the gossiping women from town sing “Pick a Little, Talk a Little” (cheep, cheep, cheep)? The school board arrives, demanding to see Professor Harold Hill’s credentials. Hill distracts them by singing “Goodnight, … Continue reading

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My heart at thy sweet voice

Many of my elderly listeners proudly introduce me to their visiting sons and daughters. For a resident of a senior facility, having visitors is a big deal. It announces, My life extends beyond the walls of this place. Lunchtime visitors … Continue reading

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Let’s all sing like the birdies sing

I’m a nonsinging pianist. I’m not sure if I can’t sing—or I won’t. But I don’t. Not out loud, anyway. I often sing the melody of a piece in my head when I play; that helps to produce what many … Continue reading

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Last week I played the piano at a memorial service for one of my very dear listeners. I met Walt almost 4 years ago; you met him here. Music was the focus of Walt’s retirement years. He began taking singing … Continue reading

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Croon love’s tune

I could easily come up with a piano program consisting solely of popular old songs about the moon: “How High the Moon,” “Moon over Miami,” “Fly Me to the Moon.” There are dozens. “Moonglow,” “Moonlight Becomes You,” “Moon Love.” The … Continue reading

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