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Dr. Indrek Laul President of Estonia Piano

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Today I was sent a video that I had never seen although the date stamp points back to a 2008 fundraiser for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  I was surprised by the performer who was Dr. Indrek Laul .  I consider Dr. Laul a friend or at least a  very good acquaintance and was a little embarrassed that I was not aware of his musical talent to the extent that this video shows.  See the video below.  It is the full composition by Gershwin so it is about 13 or 14 minutes.  Even if you can’t watch the entire video, bookmark it and come back to it – you will want to experience the last 3 minutes.

I am not a professional critic but I will tell you that this was an amazing performance.

Dr. Laul is one of the nicest men in (more…)

T-Shirt Shop

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Never let it be said that I won’t try something if I think it will work.

I always take the time to look at opportunities that I feel have some promotional value not only for myself but for the community that I try to serve.  Several weeks ago I saw such an opportunity.  T-Shirts.  It came about because I was looking for an electrician and couldn’t seem to find one that would do small jobs.   While I was in the grocery store I noticed the guy in front of me had on a t-shirt advertising a local electrician.  I struck up a conversation and YEP you guessed it.  Hired him to do the small job that I needed done.   He said – “see advertising does pay off”.  My thought was “huh-a walking advertisement”.

Aint Life Grand!

Aint Life Grand!

After a considerable amount of research I came across a company that could do all the things I needed and I can create my own specific t-shirt designs for piano tuners and piano teachers, etc.   So, here we go.  PianoSD has a t-shirt shop.  Visit it when you have a chance and hopefully you will find something that you can’t live without or you may want to give as a gift to someone.

We can do custom designs and special designs.  If you have a special need just let me know.  Contact me through PianoSD and I will get right on it.

See you soon.

Ric Overton

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 14th, 2012

My mother is one of the greatest Moms in the world.  Yes, Yes, I know, I know.  Everyone feels that way but, truthfully, my Mom is the greatest.  As a child I wanted to play the piano.  I mean I REALLY wanted to play.  She agreed to let me learn from our church piano player a few things and then she would sit for hours, countless hours (in retrospect, probably excruciating pain because I was horrible) and listen to me practice and patiently work with me to learn some of the music I had learned to love in church.

She introduced me to Gospel Music (which you probably already know is my favorite) and then helped me learn the parts and the different chords, etc.  Always patiently, every time I wanted to quit because it became hard at times, she would guide me through the tough times and help me.  All along she always encouraged me to follow my dreams and I would succeed.

At times over the past few years, I have disappointed myself but, she still encourages me to follow my heart and I will succeed.  She has helped me with this website and stood beside me, behind me and occasionally in front of me when the tough got going.  She never has suggested that I take a different path but always encourages me to follow my heart.  Of course, my heart is in the piano business so here I am.

I look at so many people who had a terrible relationship with their moms or perhaps didn’t have any relationship at all.  I hear stories that make me  hurt about moms who don’t care about their children or toss them aside when they do things that their moms don’t approve of.  I have often said that I grew up in a “Leave it to Beaver” household.  My Dad was like Ward, My Mom was like June and of course, my brother Wally.  I have a great sister-in-law and generally just a great family but I would have to admit that my Mom is the glue that keeps us together.

I’m very proud of my Mom and I appreciate her always being my pal when being a pal was appropriate and my Mom when it was time for her to be Mom.

Thanks Mom

Ric Overton


Ever Heard This Line

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

“Do what you love and you will never work a day”?

Well, let me tell you.  This may work for some but it certainly doesn’t work for everyone.  However, I must tell you that I really do consider myself a very fortunate guy.  Not only do I work with people that I respect and love, but, I also work around my very favorite instruments.  I have been in love with pianos since I was a kid.  But it is WORK.

I don’t know when I would have been through a whole day without having to email a customer, call a customer, visit a customer or do some blogs, or maintenance on the website.

SmileI mean what else could a man ask for right?  I love to see pianos, they make me smile and I enjoy the customers, they also make me smile.    I am a lucky, lucky man.

When I go to work in the mornings at my little piano store on the central coast of California, I actually enjoy walking through the doors.  Of course, the store is not that busy and I’m not overcome with work.  Some days are more difficult than others.

I write blogs for several different people and do a lot of social media work for piano companies and piano stores, but, I enjoy simply reading about pianos and seeing what is going on in the piano industry.

I wish everyone could experience this type of love for their jobs.  The world would be a different place if everyone loved what they do as much as I do.

Ric Overton

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People You Meet

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

It’s seldom that you have the opportunity to meet and become friends with someone that you consider a “star”.  I have known a few celebrities in my life, the occasional chance meeting of someone that you see on T.V. or read about in the newspapers, etc.   With that being said, I just want you to know that I am completely aware of the fact that I am weird and a little twisted when it comes to the piano business and piano people.

It has been my delight over the years to meet what I consider (more…)

NAMM Wanna Play? Week

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

How exciting it is to make music.  I love making music. Whether its playing the piano, singing, tapping out a little tune on the table or working with a small band to create what your mind and heart are telling you to create.

Everyday there is music all around.  Even the Harley that road  by my house yesterday was humming in B flat (must have had cruise on) but, there is music everywhere.  I don’t have to mention (more…)

SoCal Pianos – San Marcos – INCREDIBLE SALE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Our friends  at SoCal Pianos in San Marcos (just outside of San Diego) has announced a HUGE sale this weekend.  This is going to be an incredible sale that you shouldn’t miss.  Below is the advertisement.  Call, make an appointment and then go find the piano of your dreams, make an offer, wait for delivery and then ENJOY YOUR NEW PIANO.  Tell the folks at SoCal Pianos that you heard about it from Piano Social Directory (PianoSD) and maybe they will do something ‘extra’ for you. See the advertisement (more…)

AGE is all in your mind ?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Hmmmmm……well, its hard to imagine that age is all your mind when you feel it in your bones.  Yes, it’s true.  I realize I’m not 30 anymore.  I know I know….I don’t look 30 anymore either.    I just picked up this article that you might find interesting.  Click on  the picture below for more on this subject.

Article on Aging and Playing The Piano

Article on Aging and Playing The Piano


There are teachers all over the U.S. that will teach people of any age.  There are many in Texas for example.  Give your local teacher a call.

It really is never to late to learn.  Recently, I sold a piano to a gentleman that was in his late 80’s and he had never played before and always wanted to.  He told me “If I’m going to learn, there’s no time like the present”.

Stop by Piano Social Directory and see what’s new.

Ric Overton

Piano Adventures

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

I am amazed at the events that go on every weekend in every part of the country, every little town, huge cities and all around the world too.  It seems that pianos are the focal point of more events than most people realize.  Most every church, institution, college and small venues all over the country are using pianos and someone has to play them – otherwise they are just a pretty piece of furniture.

Today I was looking at all of the events that were going on and thought about how many hours of practice, how many hours of study and how much effort was put into making each of these events happen.  Most people don’t take into account how much work there is in just putting on a simple recital or a simple production, but trust me, HOURS.

Most people also don’t take into account that while we have many apps (more…)

What are they Thinking?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

In yesterdays news I noticed that MIT in Cambridge, a college of supposedly higher learning and recognized around the world for it’s standards, has a “tradition” of tossing pianos off the roof of one of their buildings.  Feel free to click on the picture below for the whole story.

Piano Dropping from a Building at MIT


With all of the education and brains that are obviously around that campus how is it that not one of these people with their iPhones and cameras snapping pictures and cheering objected to this behavior.  I for one am appalled.

A piano that has brought untold happiness to a home or institution is being heralded in the sky above the heads of those observers.  No doubt doctors, lawyers and dare I say professors who teach at this alleged fine institution of higher learning are standing by watching this travesty take place.

These are the same people who are offended when someone says a ‘snide’ remark to them or about them, the same people that get upset when their hair, clothes, lifestyle or ideas are challenged.   How can this be?  How can this be?  I felt the same way when a national piano company announced their new company restructuring was completed in Nashville, Tn. and they dropped a grand piano to a dazed onlooking crowd of people.  How stupid!

Solution !

How would it be if we were to take this same group of people and took all of their energies, ideas and creativity and focused on the piano and see if they could actually fix it.  Take their noses out off their smart(?)phones, iPods, iPads, and the like and spend some time learning about an instrument that is now arguably 300 years old.  I wonder if their new technology and the wonder this same group is creating and spending countless hours creating will still be around for as long as the piano?

There are piano teachers within walking distance that could have found a technician (and if not they could have logged onto and found one) that are old enough to be their grandfather and who knows nothing about the “new” technology that they brag about BUT  could have shown them how to fix this piano and brought it into condition good enough to bring joy and happiness to another home, family or institution (also within walking distance).

Old piano still bringing happiness

Hmmmmm……..hope I didn’t go overboard here.  If I did, however, download an app and whine about how your feelings have been hurt and ask it for help.  Then let me know how that works out for you.

Ric Overton

P.S. I understand that this is a “tradition” – as dumb as it is, but, heres a link to a piano teacher and a piano tuner in Cambridge Mass that can help you remove your head from its resting place and fix your next victim before you do this again. for a teacher and for a tuner or technician.



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