Lessons in Life, Music, and the Perfect Blue Hawaiian
By Robin Meloy Goldsby
Piano Girl is the story of one woman's accidental career as a cocktail-lounge piano player. Sometimes poignant and often hilarious, this engaging memoir reveals the comedies, tragedies, and mundane miracles witnessed from the business side of the eighty-eight. A pianist in lounges and lobbies around the world, Robin Meloy Goldsby tells her story by connecting the people she has met with the places where she has played and the pianos she has known. Along the way she discovers the human side, for better or worse, of her audiences—mobsters and moguls, the down-and-out and downright scary, and the ordinary people dealing with life in extraordinary ways. Her tale provides insights into the art and craft of piano playing as well as inspiring lessons in life as Robin pursues her dreams on her own terms.
"A bighearted, funny, truly eye-opening memoir."
"Delightful . . . Robin Meloy Goldsby hits all the right notes in this sweet memoir."
—Barbara Cloud, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robin Meloy Goldsby has played cocktail piano for thirty years. She worked her way through college by playing piano in local motel lounges and roadhouse bars. Now living in Germany, her musical adventures have taken her to exclusive island resorts, third world countries, and to the castles in Europe where she currently performs.
280 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: June, 2005