Saturday, January 28, 2012

the piano it sounds like a carnival

For my guy's birthday, we went to a piano bar.
Me & my guy at the piano bar.

We started the night at coffee shop, where some girl was singing, & playing her songs on a keyboard. We got bored, so I said why don't we go to the piano bar?

Fringed Boots

The piano bar was one of the things my guy had mentioned he wanted to do, back when we 1st moved here
but then we never did.
Piano Belt

At the piano bar, people tip the piano players with cash, & they request songs for them to play. Usually well known,  let's all sing along songs like, Baby Got BackPour Some Sugar on MeJessie's GirlEnter SandmanGod Bless the U.S.A.Don't Stop Believing.... Songs that generally have a guitar.

Ivory Earrings recycled from piano keys

I've never known how to play the piano.
 My brother got one of those mini Casio Keyboards, for Christmas, when we were little. 

Piano Bracelet recycled from leather belt

When I say mini keyboard, I mean the size of a ruler. Yes, it was about that small. I remember taking the booklet with the sample songs in the back, & playing things like "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Piano Wristlet

My mom's friend had a daughter named Emily. She took piano lessons. She showed me how to play "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater," "Heart and Soul,"

Fringed Leather Clutch

& "Chopsticks." Does anyone remember the piano scene from the movie Big? That was a cute movie. Click on the above link to see that scene again.

Piano Pants

We moved away, & little Emily became a cheerleader. I never took music lessons, nor attempted to play a musical instrument, until I was an adult.

Wooden Necklace
recycled from inner workings of a piano

I could tell you which band was playing a song, or quote song lyrics, even to songs I didn't like. I got a "D" in Music Exploration, when I was in 7th grade. 

Ebony Earrings from recyled piano keys

I had no exposure, & didn't understand music theory. When I was in Jr. High, I lived next door to a singer. Sometimes she'd dropped me off at the Jr. High, on  her way to work, at the High School.   
Arm Warmers made from recycled sweaters

She had a piano in her house. She told me I could play it, because one day I was messing around with the piano keys, & using one of her beginning piano books.

The dueling piano players.

 It was fun, but that was the only time I played her piano. I was too embarrassed to go over to her house. I was afraid I would annoy her if I came over all the time, even though she told me no one played it. She was the woman who sang at my wedding, & who's borrowed wedding dress I wore.   

When the guy from the audience, played the guitar,
 that was hanging on the walls of the bar.

 I wish I'd taken her up on the offer. I still don't know how to play the piano. The truth is though, I'm more of a guitar girl. My favorite part at the piano bar was when the guitar was played. When I mentioned it, another guitar player said to me, "Well it's not like I hear a song, & go man, that really needs some piano, more piano." ;)

I love this song. I remember playing it on my record player while studying the lyrics from the album I'd bought at the thrift store.


  1. i love those piano pants! and the only song i know how to play on the piano is chopsticks. super easy and fun!

  2. gotta love a piano bar. it's been a while since i've been to one, but did go in Las Vegas before and had a blast! great arm warmers and those fringe boots are super cute!!!

  3. happy b'day to your guy!
    and wow, all those piano themed accessories and goodies are SO cool! I would totally like to have something from your selection :P

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  4. Happy birthday to your guy! ^_^

    i love the piano accessories & pants! ^_^

  5. Love those trousers, but I dont think I will ever be able to pull them off. Aimee

  6. I had no idea there were so many great piano fashion items! And happy birthday to your man!

  7. You really look like a lovely couple :) I love all the piano items the other day I don't remember where I saw piano shoes I thought they were amazing :)

  8. Happy Birthday to him! :3

  9. i love all the 'piano' clothes, such a cool idea!

  10. Not stickin' with the piano is one of my biggest regrets! I suppose I can still learn, though ...

    You 2 look so great together in all the photos you post! I love how you pulled all these images together as well. ;)

  11. lovely piano inspiration. Happy birthday to your man! The recycled piano accessories are so clever! I like piano bar, the sound of the tinkling piano is so therapeutic.


  12. i just learned something new! sounds like a great experience :) again, happy b-day to your man!!!

    have a nice week,

  13. I love bars with live piano playing ... I would like to know, but I do not know ... Ted and I liked the event! =)

  14. Great post!!
    Love those shoes!

    Kisses Anne

  15. I think classical piano is just beautiful. it was an instrument that I never learned to play as well.

  16. Oh man, one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't push myself about playing the piano. I had lessons for a few months when I was young and then I kinda just got bored and gave it up, but I really really wish I could play now. Piano bars are so much fun!

  17. Awesome looks like you had a great time!

  18. im sure your guy had so fun on his bday celebration!! i also went to a bar with my friend taking a break from the disco and I got the microphone and was singing hahahaha so embarrasing!! hahahah

    ps: happy bday to your guy!!

  19. I wish I could play the piano. I'm learning how to play the guitar though (well I learned, until i sliced into the top of my finger accidently with a knife whilst cooking, and it was too sensitive to press down on the strings for a while). I love the piano clutch, and the idea of a piano bar. I've never been to a piano bar before, but I really like the idea of it! xo

  20. In love with the fringe boots! I have a thing for fringes!

    Happy Belated to your guy, hope you guys had a fun time celebrating ;)

  21. Wow, such amazing piano-inspired pieces! I especially love the piano pants!!


  22. I loved this post lady! Seriously, your anecdote posts are the greatest. So sorry I haven't been here in a while, but you know why. Thanks as always for your kind words on my blog :)

    I didn't know what a piano bar was until you mentioned it. Makes sense though. I think I'd side with you, more guitar less piano!!

    Hope you're well xxx

  23. Piano man is a great song. Love the products..especially the fringed ones. :)

    Heel in Mint

  24. I LOVE that wooden necklace made from the inner workings of a piano! I'm hoping to go to a piano bar soon- something I've never done! I took piano lessons for a week, got bored and quit- very shortlived!

  25. happy birthday to your husband!
    and that fringe boots are amazing!

    The Sweetest Escape 

  26. Teddi, you are so adorable in the photo with your guy. Happy Birthday to him. This is such a great post darling. Things I should have done: Played piano, played guitar and sing in an all girls band...dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  27. LOVE all the piano key inspired things! I want them all (I play a bit myself). So damn pretty stuff!



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