Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Cocktail Lounges Are Really Lab Experiments

COLOGNE, Germany (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You may think that a piano bar is a place to get a few drinks but, in reality, it’s a giant lab experiment.

That’s the theory of Robin Meloy Goldsby, who has been playing piano in lounges for more than 30 years.

She says that for the trained eye, cocktail lounges are wonderful places to study human nature because “you see people at their best and their worst.”

For instance, she’s met cranky old women who gripe about her music and then get angry if she misses a performance and drunks who constantly demand she play “Memory” from Cats “...just to prove they’ve seen an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.”

Other people aren’t as bitchy. One man enjoyed her piano playing so much that he paid for her and her husband’s honeymoon in Brazil.

Learning the rigors of being a lounge pianist wasn’t easy but Goldsby says everything fell in place when she learned a valuable lesson: “Be the audience, not the star.”

Goldsby discusses the life of a lounge pianist in her new memoir, Piano Girl (Backbeat Books).

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