- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523374225
- ISBN-13: 978-1523374229
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,117,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robin Meloy Goldsby is the author of Piano Girl: A Memoir; Rhythm: A Novel; and Waltz of the Asparagus People: The Further Adventures of Piano Girl. Goldsby’s career as a musician has taken her from roadside dives to posh New York City venues and exclusive resorts, and on to the European castles, grand hotels, and concert stages where she now performs. Robin has seven solo piano recordings to her name—Twilight; Somewhere in Time; Songs from the Castle; Waltz of the Asparagus People; Magnolia; December; and Piano del Sol—and has appeared in the USA on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Robin is a Steinway Artist. Robin often serves as a cultural ambassador for European organizations dedicated to transatlantic relations. In July 2012, she performed for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at the Eric Warburg Awards, sponsored by Atlantik Brücke, e.V (Berlin). She has presented her reading/concert program for numerous U.S. Consulates in Europe; for Amerika Haus, e.V. NRW; for Steinway in New York, Berlin, Oslo, Düsseldorf, and Vienna; and for the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) in Marrakesh, Vilnius, Rome, Stockholm, Paris, The Hague, Hamburg, and Dublin. Goldsby’s one-woman performance includes stories from her books along with her solo piano compositions. Ms. Goldsby is the author, composer, and producer of Hobo and the Forest Fairies, a musical for children recorded by the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) in Germany. As a lyricist Goldsby has penned songs for Till Brönner, Curtis Stigers, Jeff Cascaro, Jessica Gall, Robert Matt, and Peter Fessler. In 2010 her collaboration with singer/composer Joyce Moreno, Slow Music, received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Brazilian Album. Robin currently lives outside of Cologne, Germany, with her husband—jazz bassist John Goldsby. You can visit Robin Meloy Goldsby’s web page at www.goldsby.de. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter and you’ll receive a new RMG essay every month.
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Top Customer Reviews
Robin is honest, brave and inspiring as she tells the stories of men and women struggling to make their dreams come true, come back, or, maybe...let them go. I was devastated when I turned the last page, ready to read more, heartbroken is was over. But much better for the reading of it. You won't soon forget these people or their stories.
These stories celebrate the troubadours who soldier on despite the occasional slippery feathered shoe, falling rat, malfunctioning choir bell, or lack of the accustomed private transportation. The thirteen stories are pared down to their essentials, and yet I found myself reaching for a highlighter so I could mark the lines I wanted to re-read. I find Goldsby’s writing to be refreshingly lyrical and fresh, but most of all, as a musician myself, I felt each character’s journey to be painstakingly true. As Goldsby says herself in her dedication, working musicians are her heroes, and in order to be a hero, one must overcome great odds and exhibit bravery, stick-to-itiveness and a strong work ethic. Each character features a musician who must be the hero in their own life in order to beat the odds of Manhattan.
In “the Girl with the Flaxen Hair” you will read about a music star who returns to her humble beginnings to pay respect to her first music teacher at her funeral. A classical piece she mastered as a young girl is now foreign and difficult for her, and while she tries to hide behind her fame, it fails her as she finds herself vulnerable and naked before a grieving congregation. “Pink” features a gal who wants nothing more than to get herself to her gig, but the vermin in her apartment decide to make a grand entrance just as she is getting ready to make hers. Another standout for me is “Song for Alice,” where a recovering alcoholic learns, in the most unexpected of places, the tremendous impact a song he had written before his days of addiction has had on a likable stranger. It gives him hope and more importantly, a reason to remain sober.
My favorite story of the thirteen, is the title story, which came as a mighty surprise, because it doesn’t feature a musician, but Manhattan himself, who is the ultimate listener, music critic, and fan. The most discerning of gatekeepers, Manhattan decides who stays and who goes, and who is worthy of the steady gig. It’s an essay that both inspires and warns the dreamer in us.
Manhattan Road Trip would make a great gift for your favorite musician, and is a terrific treat for anyone who wants a glimpse of the varied lives of Manhattan’s music makers. I give it my highest recommendation.Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland
I love Robin Meloy Goldsby's writing. I've been a fan since "Rhythm." A natural lyricist, her narrative has a rhythm and soul of its own that loves of both fine music and writing will enjoy. If you have ever wondered what it's like to be a working musician, these stories can tell you.
R. Kyle, March 2016
This slender collection is packed full of interesting people, places, and viewpoints about the musical life. A professional musician herself, Goldsby obviously knows the territory well, and you get the feeling she has encountered (perhaps even experienced) many of the situations and emotions she describes.
Goldsby has written two memoirs, both of which I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed. (Piano Girl and The Waltz of the Asparagus People.) Her writing style is direct, witty, and wryly humorous, with a knowing sense of poignancy that speaks of hard won experience and first-hand knowledge. It’s a style that serves her well in this foray into short fiction. Manhattan Road Trip makes great summer reading, and goes down even better with one of Goldsby’s CD’s as background music.
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Robin has done it again. She is a great story teller who draws you into her stories.Read more