Archive for June, 2011

George Gershwin still alive and coming to San Diego?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

One of the bad things about writing the multiple blogs and press releases, etc. is that I don’t ALWAYS get a chance to completely digest the multiple requests that I get to review a new project or program that is presented to me whether I get it in email or “snail” mail or whatever the case is.

Recently, I was asked to take a look at a play that was coming to San Diego and perhaps do my part to promote it if possible.  I made my normal post on Social Medias,etc. but, did not take it any farther until this morning when I had a follow up email about this performance that will take place in San Diego in July.

I stopped what I was doing and took the time to do a little “on-line” research and was pleasantly surprised NO- actually blown away at what I found.

First I visited the website here:

http://www.gershwinalone.com/home/Home02.html

I couldnt believe my ears.  Its like he has returned to life.  Then I went to You Tube (of course)

Look whos coming to San Diego

And now I see what all of the hubub was about.  Mr. Felders ability to draw you into the event, make you a part of it and then allow you to see George through his eyes is an incredible feat.  I have read all of the review now and his wikipedia information.

This program is a must see.  And here’s how.  The Old Globe was kind enough to offer the following to the people that I was able to attract for them.  I hope you will take advantage of it.  It is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

We would like to offer *20% off of Area A seating. Tickets begin at just $39! Visit www.TheOldGlobe.org and select Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone.

Choose from performances July 1st through July 3rd and enter Promo Code: PianoSD or you can call the Box Office at (619) 234-5623.

Ric

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Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone

Old Globe Theatre

Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Music by George Gershwin
and Ira Gershwin
Written by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick

We are thrilled to bring back the show that introduced San Diego audiences to one of the most unique and entertaining performers to ever grace the Old Globe stage.  Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone played to sold out houses and standing ovations during its previous appearances at The Old Globe.  Now, to celebrate Hershey’s return with his newest triumph,  George Gershwin Alone will be performed for a 13-performance limited engagement.  The show incorporates Gershwin’s best-known songs, from “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” through passages and songs from An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess, to a complete performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

*Discounts apply to Area A seating only.

Exciting New Album – Sharon Dubois

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I  was so proud to get an update from my friend in San Diego who has introduced a new album.   Last year Sharon Dubois did a Monday night performance in our store, PianoSD on Live at PianoSD you can see here. You Keep Coming Back to Me

As I listened to the tracks of her new project I was completely surprised by what I heard.  She did a great job on each song.  The project “Here I Am” is the second of her projects and this is a very impressive improvement both in delivery but in the musicality of each cut.

The project starts with “All Wrapped Up In You” which is a very spirited rendition with great arrangement.

The second song “You Keep Coming Back To Me” was the song she performed on Live at PianoSD.  I was even more impressed by her recording than I was the first night I heard it.  The ease of her performance is what impresses me the most.  The phrasing she delivers is as if she is sitting in the room telling you a story.

“Confess” is one of the coolest on the project.  Although, I have to confess that Sharon has bought some of my favorite musicians together on this cut.  Daniel Jackson is one of my very favorite people and musicians in San Diego and beyond.  He is the coolest of the cool and I always enjoyed Daniel both as a friend and as a musician.  Gilbert Castellanos is one of the finest musicians in Southern California and always delivers a great performance.  His reputation as a musician is only overshadowed by his reputation as a gentleman.  I am not as  familiar with Stephen McKinney or John Staten except by thier music and exemplary artistry on this project however, Josh White is one of the very finest, all around jazz pianists I know (and I know a lot of pianist).  Josh’s ability to bring you into a song is second to none and has some of the most impressive phrased voices in the business.

With all of this talent combined it would be hard to have turned out a bad cut.  The sexiest song on the album is the album title “Here I Am”.  Although Sharon undoubtedly did not intend this trac to be considered the “sexiest”, her voice is almost haunting as she delivers her message in this song.  I was captivated from the first bar and drawn into a “sit down and listen” position. Very impressive.

It is so nice to see and hear talents like Sharon’s and to know each of these talents have the ability to put themselves into a situation that people like me will be able to say “I knew them when”.  Being from Nashville, Tn., I have heard some of the finest talent in the country and I can tell you without a second thought that Sharon is able to “hold her own” with any of them.

Congratulations on a job well done! You can find her information, album and sample cuts at http://SharonDubois.com . Take the time to go to her site, listen and pre-order

Ric Overton

Ric@PianoSD.com

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I posted three videos

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I posted three videos tonight that were really nice and thought I would share them with you.

The first one is about Estonia Pianos

watch?v=by62LOZh2B8

This is from Seth who has a cool video also his website is www.SethRye.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V91wxDTRmAM

And of course the famous Rosemary Bailey at www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKKgHKfNnyY

Thanks for being patient with the website as we start the major MAJOR changes.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com via http://MaxMorganDesign.com

Had to post this Pic

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I usually dont go into politics but I could not pass this up.  With all the talk of pictures of different things right now I felt like I had to post this one picture.  Reportedly this is not one of the “famous” pictures but my feeling is that its probably a lot cuter.

I will be back for more piano discussion shortly.

Ric

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Piano Teachers

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Of all of the things in the piano industry, I love piano teachers.  I know, I know, I love the manufacturers, piano builders, tuners, technicians, artists, etc.  but, teachers are the key to our industry.

Heres some facts.  Piano teachers generally speaking have the love and compassion needed to take kids into the next level.  They have to deal with young men and young women as they come into and out of the most important parts of thier lives on a much more personal basis than the average teacher.

As a child is going through the loss of a loved one, divorce of their parents, not to mention puberty and growing into young men and young women.  Then theres school, school functions girlfriends, boyfriends, best freinds, soccer, football, cheerleaders and such.  All the while they are doing their very best to work with the children through the situations.

Piano teachers are teaching our kids to play the piano but also are adding to thier imaginations.  Most people dont realize that learning to play a musical instrument helps kids increase their ability to learn.

I have had a lot of pleasure teaching adults.  Like teachers that teach kids I have listened to stories about everything from marriage problems to kid problems and financial problems and every possible topic in between and loved every minute of it.

Teaching adults to play has been very rewarding because they are learning to do something they have wanted to do all of their lives and never had a chance.  Take for example one student that I had who was in his early 70’s and had never played before.  When he played the first  bars of When the
Saints Go Marchin In, you would have thought he had just won a lottery.  Yet, he had it in him all along and simply needed an avenue and permission to get it out.

At the Piano Outlet in Nipomo, Ca.  I have begun classes that are for adults and another teacher is teaching the children.  If you are interested in joining one of our classes or are interested in learning on line, please contact me and I will get you into one of our classes.

Hope to see you soon.

Ric

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