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Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, this is the story of a young woman's accidental career as a cocktail lounge piano player, and the adventures and encounters that follow. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, this is the story of a young woman's accidental career as a cocktail lounge piano player, and the adventures and encounters that follow.


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Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, this is the story of a young woman's accidental career as a cocktail lounge piano player, and the adventures and encounters that follow. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, this is the story of a young woman's accidental career as a cocktail lounge piano player, and the adventures and encounters that follow.

55 review for Piano Girl: A Memoir: Lessons in Life, Music, and the Perfect Blue Hawaiian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin Goldsby

    Hi Everyone! Since I can't very well review my own book, I thought I'd include my Publishers Weekly review. Piano Girl is an easy read, it's fun, and it will give you some insight into the sometimes crazy life of a working musician. Thanks. Piano Girl: A Memoir Robin Meloy Goldsby. ISBN 0-87930-824-9 Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Goldsby regales readers with stories from her 30 years as a cocktail lounge pianist in this vivacious memoir. Starting out in dreary roadhouse bars and motels duri Hi Everyone! Since I can't very well review my own book, I thought I'd include my Publishers Weekly review. Piano Girl is an easy read, it's fun, and it will give you some insight into the sometimes crazy life of a working musician. Thanks. Piano Girl: A Memoir Robin Meloy Goldsby. ISBN 0-87930-824-9 Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Goldsby regales readers with stories from her 30 years as a cocktail lounge pianist in this vivacious memoir. Starting out in dreary roadhouse bars and motels during the 1970s, Goldsby eventually worked her way up to tonier venues: the Marriott Marquis and the Grand Hyatt in New York City, a posh resort in Haiti, castles in Europe. Along the way there were false starts-an audition for the circus, a few months singing in an ill-fated all-girl nightclub act, a stint as a piano-playing stripper. It’s all the stuff of comedy for Goldsby, who has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd. Playing in a bar is great, she figures, because she can watch the never-ending show on the other side of the piano: the celebrities, nobodies, drunks, tipsy matrons, stalkers, music lovers and music haters, and a rogues’ gallery of colorful misfits. She even finds humor in her replacement at the New York Marriott-a mannequin seated at a player-piano. She also has a touching affection for her assorted co-workers, who include a waiter who charms everyone with his “tragic optimism” after having been diagnosed with AIDS, a restroom attendant who sells designer dresses out of a toilet stall for the handicapped and a waitress whom Goldsby inspires to start her own career as a pianist. This is a bighearted, funny, truly eye-opening memoir.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Soooo... now I kind of want to become cocktail-lounge piano player. I even said as much half-seriously to my mother and her reply was, "I know! I've always thought that'd be perfect for you." Of course, I'm not sure how well I would deal with many of the situations detailed in this book, but it's still fun to dream. And who knows? The years may find me wedged in the corner of some hotel lounge behind a piano, letting my fingers sing the notes I always have beating inside me. That much being said, Soooo... now I kind of want to become cocktail-lounge piano player. I even said as much half-seriously to my mother and her reply was, "I know! I've always thought that'd be perfect for you." Of course, I'm not sure how well I would deal with many of the situations detailed in this book, but it's still fun to dream. And who knows? The years may find me wedged in the corner of some hotel lounge behind a piano, letting my fingers sing the notes I always have beating inside me. That much being said, this memoir was wonderful! I snickered, I sighed; it had plenty of those absurd stranger-than-fiction moments that make my favourite memoirs so great. I didn't want it to end, perhaps because I was living vicariously through the author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Well, this book had great potential. I'm a pianist & it was a fun peek into someone's life. The anecdotes were interesting and at times, unbelievable. I loved hearing about her composing & improvising, as I am not great at either of those things. The only reason I didn't love it is because the plot seemed to just amble along. I didn't feel like there was a point, a purpose. That sounds mean, but was how I came away feeling. I enjoyed a lot of the material, but towards the end I was ready for it Well, this book had great potential. I'm a pianist & it was a fun peek into someone's life. The anecdotes were interesting and at times, unbelievable. I loved hearing about her composing & improvising, as I am not great at either of those things. The only reason I didn't love it is because the plot seemed to just amble along. I didn't feel like there was a point, a purpose. That sounds mean, but was how I came away feeling. I enjoyed a lot of the material, but towards the end I was ready for it to be over.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    Because of my past experiences as a pianist in a restaurant, at weddings, and as background music in too many places to count, I looked forward to reading Piano Girl. It was a quick read, and I found many of her experiences interesting. The author did seem rather full of herself, though, and that got old.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chrisinny

    Memoir of woman who falls into playing piano in cocktail bars in NYC as a career. Amusing enough anecdotes strung together- funny lines every now and then. No real "life lessons" as front cover promises. Insight and fuller context, which sets apart exceptional memoirs, are missing here. Amusing enough but not riveting. Occasional shifts in time seem to serve no purpose. Likeability of author makes up for structural flaws. Memoir of woman who falls into playing piano in cocktail bars in NYC as a career. Amusing enough anecdotes strung together- funny lines every now and then. No real "life lessons" as front cover promises. Insight and fuller context, which sets apart exceptional memoirs, are missing here. Amusing enough but not riveting. Occasional shifts in time seem to serve no purpose. Likeability of author makes up for structural flaws.

  6. 5 out of 5

    liindalisten

    I've been playing the piano for almost 3 years! I always wanted to know what it would be like to be a cocktail-lounge pianist. I really enjoyed this book. At times, I imagined myself being in her situation and how amazing it would be. It inspired me to keep playing the piano. I still have many hours of practice to go but worth every minute. It's definitely a book I will read a second time in the near future. I've been playing the piano for almost 3 years! I always wanted to know what it would be like to be a cocktail-lounge pianist. I really enjoyed this book. At times, I imagined myself being in her situation and how amazing it would be. It inspired me to keep playing the piano. I still have many hours of practice to go but worth every minute. It's definitely a book I will read a second time in the near future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Balloon Bruce

    Amusing memoirs of a cocktail pianist. She's witty, and lands one good one liner after another. That got a little tiresome. I wouldn't have bought discount designer clothing that was questionably sourced, and I would have thought a bit more of her if she didn't buy it either. Amusing memoirs of a cocktail pianist. She's witty, and lands one good one liner after another. That got a little tiresome. I wouldn't have bought discount designer clothing that was questionably sourced, and I would have thought a bit more of her if she didn't buy it either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Highly entertaining memoir! Very easy and engaging read. Laugh out loud at times. What a life I know nothing about! I wish I had read this before I went to Jordan with the author's daughter. I would have pummelled her with questions. Highly recommend! Highly entertaining memoir! Very easy and engaging read. Laugh out loud at times. What a life I know nothing about! I wish I had read this before I went to Jordan with the author's daughter. I would have pummelled her with questions. Highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stelladonna Leone

    Very fun read. Went to college with author, and from same hometown, but stories heartwarming and charming for everyone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alison Sweetser

    Despite being roughly chronological, it’s more a series of essays than a story. It can easily be read in bites, perfect for those with busy schedules, a love of music and a curiousity about the world of piano bars. I laughed out loud regularly, which all by itself made the book worth my time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    M.A. Kropp

    The subtitle for this book is Lessons in Life, Music, and the Perfect Blue Hawaiian. It is a memoir, spanning the author's career as a lounge pianist, from her accidental beginning as a college student vacationing on Nantucket Island through gigs at top New York hotels, island resorts, and German castles. It is all done with quirky humor, candid insight, and true love for the music she plays. Beginning as a college student from Pittsburgh vacationing on Nantucket Island, Ms. Goldsby takes a job a The subtitle for this book is Lessons in Life, Music, and the Perfect Blue Hawaiian. It is a memoir, spanning the author's career as a lounge pianist, from her accidental beginning as a college student vacationing on Nantucket Island through gigs at top New York hotels, island resorts, and German castles. It is all done with quirky humor, candid insight, and true love for the music she plays. Beginning as a college student from Pittsburgh vacationing on Nantucket Island, Ms. Goldsby takes a job as a waitress which doesn't quite work out. She arranges to use a local bar's piano during off hours to practice, and the owner of the bar asks her to play at night for his customers. Thus begins a career. She moves from dive bars and beach lounges to New York city, and jobs at prestigious hotels. There are jaunts to Caribbean islands, stage shows, and other gigs. She gives us an insider's view of auditions and agents, producers and private clients. Sitting behind her piano, she sees all of New York life pass by: the business moguls, mob bosses, the down and out who just need a place to sit, and some truly crazy and scary customers. Her life is never dull, but it always seems fulfilling. The story ends in Germany, where she moves with her bass player husband, raises two children, records CDs, and plays her lounge piano music in ancient castles. The book is funny, warm, inspiring, and a treat to read. Anyone who enjoys autobiography, memoirs, or music will find much to enchant here.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Rossman

    This is really a delightful and fun read about the exploits of a piano cocktail lounge performer. And I say this, because she is one with the comic side (maybe not always noted by the drinking patrons) as much with what I guess is her talent. You may be picturing some sleazy Holiday Inn thing but such is not the case. These were pure gold lobbies, hotel chains, cruise ships, and similar. Maybe not with much different outcomes but the clientele dressed better. Really, I'd give it a 3.5 and only be This is really a delightful and fun read about the exploits of a piano cocktail lounge performer. And I say this, because she is one with the comic side (maybe not always noted by the drinking patrons) as much with what I guess is her talent. You may be picturing some sleazy Holiday Inn thing but such is not the case. These were pure gold lobbies, hotel chains, cruise ships, and similar. Maybe not with much different outcomes but the clientele dressed better. Really, I'd give it a 3.5 and only because there was no real thread to this memoir only a collection of her best stories, which were, BTW great. I laughed out loud. Quite a delight.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Propes

    I love the way she says she started out at 19 with "a roll of duct tape, an extension cord, and some old prom dresses". It also seems to cover that 70's "yacht rock" period that everyone is so fascinated by now, when rich idle swingers hung out in places like Nantucket or Newport Beach, CA, wearing captain hats and listening to Steely Dan. Really like this fun book. I love the way she says she started out at 19 with "a roll of duct tape, an extension cord, and some old prom dresses". It also seems to cover that 70's "yacht rock" period that everyone is so fascinated by now, when rich idle swingers hung out in places like Nantucket or Newport Beach, CA, wearing captain hats and listening to Steely Dan. Really like this fun book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is a funny book - I laughed out loud several times. And sometimes I can't help but think - "this could have been me". I was offered a job playing at the Holiday Inn while in college - I don't remember why I didn't do it. This is a funny book - I laughed out loud several times. And sometimes I can't help but think - "this could have been me". I was offered a job playing at the Holiday Inn while in college - I don't remember why I didn't do it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This is a collection of Robin Meloy Goldsby's memoirs of being a cocktail piano player... Overall I enjoyed this book very much, especially as I play piano (although not nearly as much as Robin) and found her many different encounters through the years very entertaining. This is a collection of Robin Meloy Goldsby's memoirs of being a cocktail piano player... Overall I enjoyed this book very much, especially as I play piano (although not nearly as much as Robin) and found her many different encounters through the years very entertaining.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Bingham

    The memoir of a woman who has played in piano bars for 30 years. She trained as a classical pianist, but found she enjoyed the anonymity of playing in a bar more appealing. She has played in New York, Haiti and Europe.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    An easy and delightful read. Stand-alone chapters explain how she becames a professional piano player in lounges and for private parties. She's very positive about the people she meets and the experiences she has. An easy and delightful read. Stand-alone chapters explain how she becames a professional piano player in lounges and for private parties. She's very positive about the people she meets and the experiences she has.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mihaela

    A first person memoir about an American woman's journey as an artist. Lighthearted and funny, includes a few stories from Cologne-Bonn area and Germany. A first person memoir about an American woman's journey as an artist. Lighthearted and funny, includes a few stories from Cologne-Bonn area and Germany.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    suprisingly funny autobiography of a lounge pianist

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Jenco

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven Severance

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Philipps

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Fox

  29. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  31. 4 out of 5

    Kris Wright

  32. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  33. 4 out of 5

    Marny Taber

  34. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  35. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

  36. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  37. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  38. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  39. 4 out of 5

    Danica

  40. 4 out of 5

    Espresso

  41. 4 out of 5

    Merguich

  42. 5 out of 5

    M

  43. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

  44. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Wengerd

  45. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

  46. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  47. 4 out of 5

    Christa

  48. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  49. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  50. 5 out of 5

    Lulus

  51. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  52. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Rae Baker

  53. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

  54. 5 out of 5

    Sunny D

  55. 5 out of 5

    Roz

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