Piano Girl Playbook: Notes on a Musical Life


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A pianist in lounges and lobbies around the world, Robin Meloy Goldsby tells her warm-hearted stories by linking people she has met with places she has played. Along the way, she connects the humanity of her audiences—princes and paupers, dreamers and doers, moguls, mobsters, wanna-bes, and has-beens—with the quiet soundtrack of her peripatetic, melodic life. Goldsby’s autobiographical stories and essays deliver insights into the art and craft of piano playing, the merits of live music, and how the right song at the right moment can add color and depth to a drab, one dimensional world. Music, it turns out, connects us in unpredictable ways.

From the Piano Girl Playbook Foreword (by Mike Edison): Goldsby is part lifeguard and part mystic, and like all great gurus, her heightened sense of the absurd and saint-like patience transcends that of most mortals. Playing the piano in the sleazy lounge in one of Donald Trump’s New York City Hotels, it’s amazing she didn’t throw it at someone. I’ve been to that bar, and it was everything that was wrong about New York City in the 1980s, but had to have been a step up from the airport lounge in Newark, NJ . . . or was it?

Praise for Piano Girl Playbook: Notes on a Musical Life

“In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart tells the pianist in his bar—Sam, a man—to ‘play it again.’ In a remake, Sam would be Samantha, and she’d be played by Robin Goldsby, the undisputed queen of the lounge and lobby, and, by day, an accomplished writer. Piano Girl Playbook: Notes on a Musical Life distills what she’s learned about music and people and life. It’s the exact opposite of easy listening.” Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com

“Goldsby spins her stories like a fine bebop solo, with down-to-earth themes and joyous what’s coming next?improvisation.” Bill Mays, jazz pianist

“Robin’s ability to find the humor in all kinds of situations and her astute observations of life and the people who populate it make this a warm-hearted and compelling read.” Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

“Robin artfully composes prose that lilts and sings across the page, creating ironic, poignant, uplifting stories that reverberate within, remind us of our shared humanity, and leave us laughing and crying — often both at the same time.” Melissa Volker, Literary and YA Fiction Author, Mother of Actual Dragons

“Piano Girl is one of the funniest and most poignantly revealing accounts of a musician’s life I have ever read . . . full of wry observation and self-effacing charm. I can’t wait for my copy of Piano Girl Playbook!” Don Airey, Steinway Artist and Keyboardist, Deep Purple

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