Today I'm going to talk about...dueling pianists. Odd topic, I know. The other night, I went to a party with lolcatz. It was for employees who have been with Microsoft for ten years. You nay-sayers can think whatever you want about Microsoft, but they throw great parties. 2000 people at a venue jam-packed with every type of food (Chinese, Mexican, Indian, and more), bars with free drinks set up all over the place, and entertainment in various parts that included the Presidents of the United States, as well as a dueling piano bar.
That last one was where we spent a lot of our time. Guilty pleasure: I love dueling pianists. I don't know why either. I'm kind of amazed at anyone who can improvise on an instrument, and when that guy from the Kalamazoo piano bar was on American Idol, I thought that was pretty awesome. I enjoyed the show at the party immensely and watched with fan girl enthusiasm.
I don't know how many of you have been to piano bars, but here's what I learned the other night: I think the shows are staged. No pun intended. As we were watching, I discovered that I had the eerie ability to name the songs they were going to play before they played them. Them: "Here's our all-time most requested song!" Me: "'Piano Man'!" Them: "Hope you like the 80s!" Me: "'Living on a Prayer'!" Them: "Here's a group we've been asked for all night!" Me: "Journey!" Them: "Time for an epic song!" Me: "'Bohemian Rhapsody'!"
Are those songs requested at every piano show every time in every city? Have I just seen too many of these shows? They always claim to be all-request shows, but I just don't buy the idea that that many people really want to hear "Sweet Caroline." I have to also admit that I don't like it when they change the lyrics to make certain songs more upbeat. Sorry, "Piano Man" isn't supposed to be funny. It's supposed to be poignant and about broken dreams. Kind of like the Georgina books.
Anyway, those are my totally random thoughts for the day. I'll close by addressing the concerns of those who are worried about me working too hard in planning a December wedding. I appreciate you thinking of me! But have no fear, guys. It's not stressful at all because it's a small wedding. And by small, I mean it's pretty much going to be lolcatz and me. So, that's why I can put this together in so short a time. I have no DJs, favors, or buffets to worry about. It's also why friends and family haven't received invites. It will have a dress, bouquet, cake, photos, and bride & groom--so all the important bases are covered. Also for those asking: there are no sordid reasons for a December wedding, unless you count tax benefits. And to answer my favorite question of all: yup, my books will still be written under the same name. :)