The kids were hoppin' in Speedway, IN, as I played a bunch of old time rock n roll for them. Each year, they do a fundraiser for their daycare by taking pledges for each hop they can do. One year, a kid hopped over 4,000 times! Ms. JoAnn and Mr. Steve had Happy Birthday sang to them by the kids, and of course, they screamed for me to play Spongebob Squarepants, which I did. It's always fun to play for the kids!
Seventh and Eighth Church is the church in Indianapolis where I went with my parents every Sunday through jr. high and high school, and when I can, I go back to do a special song or prelude or whatever they need that week. Today, I was asked to sing a song, so I performed "Tears In Heaven" as their special song. It's nice to go see everyone in the congregation, and catch up with them from time to time!
Today Bill Ritter and I performed for the residents at Lakeview Manor in Indidnapolis. My grandmother always asks when I'll come to play some "pretty music" for her and her friends there, so today was the day we tried to make her happy. She smiled and danced in her seat, while the rest of the residents sang and clapped along. When we were done, she asked us when we were going to start playing "pretty music" that everyone would enjoy. Oh, well. I tried.
Once more, I drove to the edge of my neighborhood to perform at the very hip coffee house known as "Wake The Dead". Slowly but surely, people wandered in and hung out as I played a four-hour, solo piano show. New friends and fans shouted for some songs they wanted to hear. My favorite was the request by a little 2-year-old girl for "Twinkle, Twinkle" so she could sing. I played it, she sang it, and then she tipped me with a sucker she had (still in its wrapper). It was literally taking candy from a baby...
Tonight at the Coffee Pot in San Marcos, TX, I performed a couple of hours of my favorite tunes to an appreciative crowd of mostly college students and folks who wanted to unwind from work. I was challenged by the baristas for a bunch o' Beatles tunes, so of course, I worked them in with my songs for most of the second set. I'll be back soon, and I may even bring a few guest musicians with me.