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Piano Girl: A Memoir Paperback – May 1, 2006
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Pianist, composer, and author Robin Meloy Goldsby mesmerizes listeners with her three solo piano CDs: Somewhere in Time, Songs from th Castle and Twilight. The recordings
frame Goldsby's career as a pianist in some of the world's finest hotels and restaurants.
Goldsby's first book, Piano Girl: A Memoir, made its hardcover debut in spring, 2005. The book presents a collection of autobiographical short stories' some funny, some poignant'that explore the life of a working musician. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, hailed Piano Girl as 'big-hearted, funny, truly eye-opening memoir.'
Book Sense, the leading organization representing independent bookstores in the United States, chose Piano Girl, now available in paperback, as one of the 'Picks of the Summer, 2006.'
Goldsby has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, the Leonard Lopate Show in New York City, and the Mark Farrell Show on CD 101.9. Recently she taped two installments of Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz, which aired in October 2006 and December 2007. Marian McPartland says, 'Piano Girl is certainly one of the funniest books I've ever read.'
Robin performs live, in a variety of settings. Her performances in the past year have included a reading and concert in the rotunda at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, a performance at the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, a reading at the Bechstein Concert Hall in Cologne Germany, and an Advent Concert in Candlelight at Schlosshotel Lerbach, a beautiful castle and 5-star hotel in the hills of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, where she appears regularly.
A cocktail-lounge pianist for 30 years, Goldsby worked her way through Chatham College, an elite women's school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by playing piano in local hotel lounges and roadhouse bars. After moving to New York City in 1980, she began playing in many of Manhattan's leading hotels where she cultivated her skills and captivated audiences with her unique musical style. In addition to her five-star experiences in New York City and her no-star gigs in small regional lounges, Goldsby's musical adventures have taken her to exclusive island resorts, Third World countries, and the castles in Europe where she currently performs.
Goldsby's second book, a novel called RHYTHM was published in October 2008: Meet teenage drummer Jane Bowman. She's fifteen, funny, and wounded by the loss of her famous percussionist mother. Robin Meloy Goldsby's touching and humorous coming-of-age musical odyssey invites us to tap our toes in time to Jane's powerful music'cheering her on as she mends her shattered heart, finds her groove, and discovers the tragic beauty of human resilience.
'Goldsby, who marries the pathos of her plot line with the whimsy and near-magical-realism of her characters, deserves comparison with John Irving, a modern master.'
Marion Winik, NPR commentator and author of First Comes Love
'Rhythm conveys the magic of sound plus the transformative power of music, and the words'like a well-played melody'ring true.'
Peter Erskine, drummer and author of Time Awareness for All Musicians
Robin is married to jazz bassist John Goldsby. They have two children, and live near Cologne Germany.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's how it is: Imagine meeting a smart, attractive woman at a party, learning she makes a respectable living playing piano in lounges, lobbies and private parties around the world, and finding she can tell charming, frequently quite funny stories about her most memorable adventures and misadventures plying her trade, dealing with a colorful mix of memorable clients, bosses, co-workers and weirdos.
Never boring, this woman--with her compelling yin-yang mix of insecurity, spunk, humbleness and bravado--knows how to tell a bright, tight story, keeping things light-hearted with her sharp sense of irony, but grounded in a passion for her work and the artistry she struggles to refine, understand and appreciate amidst the jumble and chatter of cocktail hours with an audience that may or may not be listening to, let alone care about, the beauty and witty nuances (or occasional stumbles) of craft she shares with the world.
If you think you'd enjoy spending a few hours with that kind of woman--content in knowing she's never going home with you and that her most intimate and revealing stories are bound to be reserved for that someone very special who is not you--then you will likely enjoy this book as I have. And from ever on you will feel a special connection when you come across a piano girl plying her art. You will be one of those who listens in a knowing way, having a special respect for her work, respect she deserves and will likely truly appreciate.
(And don't forget to make note of the Piano Girl's large brandy snifter tip jar: It's for no-obligation cash, not damp napkins with your hotel room number scrawled on it!)
Like the good old Barbra Streisand staple, Robin Meloy Goldsby shares with us the memories that light the corners of her mind, and true to the lyrics, it's the laughter we will remember, whenever we remember this personal and funny autobiography.
Beginning her working career as a waitress, the author's inability to balance food and beverages without causing grievous bodily harm quickly prompted a switch to another occupation. When practice sessions on the piano at the Club Car lead to an offer to play for the patrons five nights a week, Ms. Goldsby exchanges her hair net for beach-blanket Barbie attire, and delights the audience with her collection of 12 songs and her "fake book" which is used when you need to bluff your way through a musical request.
Eventually, tube tops evolve into cocktail dresses, and cocktail lounges become ritzy hotel lobbies, luxury island resorts and even castles, but Ms. Goldsby continues to amaze and amuse with her observations from the business side of the piano.
Designing agents, questionable bookings and embarrassing situations are all described here in glorious detail, but above all, the colorful, eccentric and certifiably crazy characters encountered make for an enjoyable reading experience.
It's obvious that if Ms. Goldsby had the chance to do it all again, she certainly would.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who knew the life of a cocktail pianist could be so entertaining? Robin Meloy Goldsby introduces her readers to a menagerie of characters and experiences she encounters as she... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Becca Rowan
Whatever you do, do not buy this on a Amazon Kindle..They trick you to buy a Kindle...then the Kindles only last about a year (or maybe 2 years) . Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by V. Simmons
I first heard Robin Goldsby play the piano on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. She has a couple CDs out, but they aren't jazz--just beautiful background piano. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Linda in Lynnwood
Robin Meloy Goldsby shares her experiences as a professional musician in Piano Girl! Piano Girl is delightful! Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Jamie Shaheen
This memoir was recommended to me by good NY friends, Norman and Ellen. (they are fans of mine and my book so are always on the lookout for other memoirs) Anyhow, I thoroughly... Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Nancy Rossman
Robin writes beautifully, painting perfect pictures in our heads so we can recreate the scenes she describes. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by R. Pass
Piano Girl is one of those rare books you pick up and can't put down.
Robin may be a wonderful entertainer when she's seated at the piano, but she's also
an... Read more
First, a confession: the author of this delightful book was a classmate of mine at Chatham College in the '70s. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by JA Dioguardi
I quickly read the whole book with anticipation and never learned anything about the author. Oh sure, lots of amusing anecdotes of her life as a lounge piano player, but nothing... Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by Cherie Magnus