Archive for the ‘Music Videos’ Category

Mozart Piano Returns Home

Friday, November 9th, 2012

This could not have been better planned.  It is amazing to see and potentially emotional.  This piano was the last piano that Mozart owned.  Of course most people do not realize that one of the most prolific composers of all times actually died at a rather early age but left behind a legacy that few would ever be able to overshadow.

The following clip is from ABC news and it briefly describes the return of Mozart’s last piano to his childhood home.  Click on the link below to see the amazing story which is done in three parts.  The commercials are bothersome but, try to be patient.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/mozarts-piano-returns-home-applause/story?id=17674906#.UJ1NguTLTOM

What a fascinating story.

Ric Overton

Chance Meetings – Kindred Spirits

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

I don’t do this very often because it’s too weird when it happens but, occasionally, you meet someone for the very first time and you feel as if you have known them your entire life.  When this happens to me I get caught up in the moment and don’t realize what is unfolding right before  my very eyes.

Yesterday was one of those days.  The first lady that I met was one of those very kind customers that come in from time to time to simply ask a question about digital pianos and perhaps see a model or two to decide if its time to upgrade or not.  After she described the instrument that she presently owns and inquire about some models that she had seen online we both came to the conclusion that I most likely was not going to be able to help her with anything more than personal opinions.  I gave her some suggestions and we had the chance to talk and get to know each other a little and just before she left I asked her if she would play something for me.

PLEASANT SURPRISE

In my mind I had prepared for some simple arrangements of Misty, Ode to Joy or some 1st or 2nd year student recital pieces.  ( Yes, BTW, I know how arrogant that sounded.  It was not intended that way but, that is the norm when you work in a piano store.)  When she sat down and played the very first note I was so taken back by what I heard that I stopped what I was doing and sat down.  By the third measure of the Chopin piece she was playing I realized that this was not your average digital piano customer.

When I complimented her on her playing and how surprised I was I don’t think she realized just how serious I was being with her.  I mentioned that Rachmaninoff was my favorite composer and as you might guess she turned and played (from memory) his Prelude in C sharp minor.  I was absolutely blown away.  I could have listened all day even though we both had work to get back to.

As we were saying goodbye and exchanging business cards I told her that she MUST share her music with the people around her and she told me to visit YouTube and there I would find a few of her songs.  I took her advise and now I am going to share that link with you so you can be as blessed as I was yesterday.  Her name is Jane Fleming and here is her YouTube page.  I know you will enjoy.  Click the image below for Jane’s Music.

Jane Fleming YouTube page

Click here for Janes Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOUBLE BLESSING

As I said that this exact same thing happened to me twice yesterday.  The second lady I met was a piano teacher from Orange County.  We had such a delightful conversation and I immediately realized that she was as equally passionate about the piano as I am.    It makes me so happy to meet people from all walks of life that love pianos.

As Piano Social Directory continues to grow I hope some of you will take the time to email me about your experiences and stories that I can use in my blogs and things we can talk about that will be of benefit to others that share our passion.

Take a look at Cool Stuff for Musicians and the PianoSD Gear Shop when you have a chance.  Pull out your credit card and spend some money.  HaHa.

See you soon.

Ric Overton

PianoSocialDirectory

Amazing Performance by Kids

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

This was among the most deligthful videos I have seen lately.  When I saw this I wondered how well these kids had been taught and how many hours went into teaching each one of them their parts.  These guys are really something and worth watching.

Now you have to imagine that each of these kids has been with a teacher who taught them individually each single note, how long the note has to be held, proper timing and then put it all together in one grand performance.

I am used to writing about pianos but, I felt like this was one I couldn’t avoid.

When you have a chance, stop by the T-Shirt shop and find something fun.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

 

So You Want To Be A Concert Artist ?

Friday, March 30th, 2012

This documentary is one of the best I have ever seen.  I learned of it today from http://PianoStreet.com and was very impressed with our insight into the mind and heart of the concert musician.  I have experienced a small part of what you see in this documentary and believe me – it doesn’t come easy.  Perfect practice and a drive for perfection is what these people all have in common.  Amazing video I hope you enjoy.

Incredible are the only words I have to describe.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

The Past Month

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The past month I have been out of touch for the blog.  We have been making many changes, one of which is going to be released by the end of the month.

I have long been concerned about the fact that shopping for pianos can be rather difficult when you are not sure what you are doing.  You’re not sure if there are questions that should be asked, if you are asking the wrong questions, the right questions, or if there is something thatis missing.

I have watched many customers that are not sure what to ask, get in a lot of trouble because they forgot the right questions or asked all together the wrong questions.  Searching for a piano can be exhausting to the person who knows nothing at all.

Searching for a teacher, tuner, technician, artist or any other thing in the piano business can be difficult at times.  In the age that we live in it is usually about electronic gadgets or cars that are all over blogs but, finding piano information can be challenging at very best.

Next month PianoSD is planning on a complete overhaul that will hopefully take the guess work out of buying a piano anywhere in the U.S.  finding a teacher in Los Angeles, or a tuner in San Francisco, perhaps you need to know more information about pianos in Sacramento I hope to help put the end of quess work for you.

As we move forward I would like to tell you how excited I am to now be handling all of the social media and internet marketing for Brodmann pianos in the U.S.  We have been talking about this for about 7 months and finally landed the contract in July.  As you know I am managing the Piano Outlet in Nipomo, Ca.  We are a part of a much larger branch in Oxnard.  i have been so happy with the area and what it has to offer. So if you are up in the San Luis Obis

I just heard these guys – WOW

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Last night in a long conversation with a hip-hop artist named Stephen Johnson, I was asked what must someone do to become the very best.  My response was rehearse.  Rehearsal time is the most important thing in the world to an artist of any genre.  The more you are committed the more places you will go.  The more you perfect your craft and hone your skills the more likely you are to fall into exceptional places and opportunities.

Have you ever noticed when a true professional is introduced how they dont hang there head in shame or become very quiet and withdrawn but, walk on stage very proud, with their head up and a smile on thier face and a presence that lets the audience know that they know what they are doing and they are aware of their surroundings and are prepared for what they are about to do.  That makes the difference.

I often review new talent and give suggestions and once worked in some of the studios in and around Nashville with artists who were preparing for a recording or performance.  You could always tell who was prepared and who was rehearsed and ready.

This is the case with this group from Italy.  Take a few minutes to sit back and notice the excitement of 3 well prepared young men and where they come from and where you may think they are going.

IL VOLO-

Incredible IL-VOLO

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Maxwell Steer

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Some of you may remember Maxwell Steer who visited us at PianoSD last year for a teacher workshop and played for us and spoke to us about teaching in the U.K.

I have kept in contact with Maxwell and was delighted to find out that he had put on YouTube a performance with Richard Black.  I felt you would be thrilled to hear this wonderful performance and decided to post this for you to see.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have

Our friend Maxwell Steer

I will be reporting more information about Maxwell and s

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

posted by Ric Overton of http://PianoSD.com  via http://MaxMorganDesign.com

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

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

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

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