Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Asheville Piano Man

Asheville Piano and Keyboard influence is strong in our community. Think about it. All of us are or have been influenced, soothed, and some have even danced to a beautiful melody played on a piano. When you enter a room with a piano in it, the mood changes, the atmosphere is different, a tune is calling.

When it comes to music in the Asheville area, a piano plays a big part. Whether it is a traveling band, a restaurant, a nightclub, a playhouse, and believe it or not.. we have seen a pickup truck speeding down the streets of Asheville with a guy jamming away on a piano in the back of the pickup. Asheville has dueling pianos in Elaine's at the Omni Grove Park, and also at a new place called Off The Wagon downtown. I know I have walked into Red Stag Grill in Biltmore Village, heard the piano playing, and the whole hustle and bustle of the day just melted away.

We recently stopped by the Piano Emporium on Hendersonville Rd in south Asheville, and met who we now call "The Asheville Piano Man". For some reason my wife wants our 16 month old to have a brand new piano to play with. Shane had so many options, even ones that could connect to Wifi, grab a tune online, and the piano will play the music by itself; and with the keys dropping and everything!! I thought about a "ghost piano player" production idea for a minute, then focused on trying to talk my wife out of this. But deep down inside, after seeing and feeling it; I still have that piano on my mind. Something tells me soon!

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