Today being Wednesday, I’ll be leaving shortly to play piano for a couple of hours at our local mall. Last Sunday I was also there, filling in for the Sunday pianist who helped me out whilst I was away with my family in Johannesburg. Unlike the Wednesday crowd, which are mostly ‘Platinum Pensioners’, as our mall management has seen fit to label every shopper over fifty-five, Sunday is very different, with many more younger folk with their families out for a weekend shopping spree and maybe a meal at one of the restaurants here.
Last Sunday there was a fair on, with lots of stalls displaying wares from the shops in the centre, plus a few antique stalls. The atmosphere was very festive, and the piano had been moved to make way for a wedding dress display. I was now right next to a massage set-up, with young Indian ladies offering passers-by a free neck and shoulder massage. I love people-watching, and was fascinated to see how many men took advantage of this.
So there I sat, amid all the bustle and noise, trying to concentrate on my playing whilst watching and smiling at all the shoppers who came past. I had just started playing that lovely Michel Legrand song, “How do you keep the music playing?” (which as it turned out was very apt), when I was startled by a six-foot-plus guy in a ‘penguin suit’ who stationed himself in front of the piano, and proceeded to conduct me right through the song until the very last chord. Now, you might think that this should have helped me to keep in time with the rhythm, but I was actually laughing so much that I almost fell off my seat. I had to keep going though, as any self-respecting musician would do, with such a stern-looking conductor waving his arms around in front of them.
When I’d finished, I whipped out my iPhone and insisted that he owed me a photograph. He obligingly posed for me, before waddling off to terrorise a few more people. 😀
I guess today will be much more tame, with probably just a few ‘smiles and waves’ from platinum-haired pensioners, rather than penguins. 🙂 Wishing you all a great day.
Fantastic!!!! Great story too. 😉
Glad you enjoyed my story. 🙂
So lovely 🙂 Thank you dear AD, have a nice day, love, nia
Thanks so much, nia. Glad I gave you a smile. 🙂
Lol! That’s a funny story 🙂 And I thought ‘Platinum’ referred to anyone or anything over 75!
Glad I gave you a laugh, Madhu. Well, in that case, I still have a few more years. 🙂
We all do 😀
I thought you were in the costume at first! 🙂
Hahaha. Can you imagine playing the piano dressed like that. I’d cause a riot. 🙂
Ha ha. I thought you meant a tuxedo until I saw the photo. Now I know why you were laughing 😉
Well, wouldn’t you, Tandy? 😀 It was hysterical.
That’s hilarious! 🙂 Your piano playing has certainly given you some good blog material.
That’s for sure. I wonder when the next comedy show will be. 🙂
Hello Penguin Whisperer 🙂
Hehehe. That’s me. 😀
What great fun that must have been!
The best fun I’ve had whilst playing the piano. 🙂
I love that man in a suit….what a laugh!!!!
Hehehe. I was a sitting duck for that penguin. 😀
I really did think it was a guy in a tux…..no wonder you were laughing so hard. 🙂
Glad I gave you a few smiles, Grace. 🙂
This was hilarious! I could just picture it happening and you trying to retain your composure, but all you could do was laugh. Good story.
Thanks, TG. I found the whole episode absolutely hilarious. 😀
Fun and exciting. Great photo too!
Thanks so much. I’m glad I made you smile. 🙂
Wow! Sounds like a fun day, especially with the penguin conductor. But now I’m bummed to know I am a platinum pensioner!! Over 55!?? Come on!! 🙂
I also don’t like that title. I’m staying blonde at all costs. 🙂
Not every musician is lucky enough to find a conductor in a real penguin suit!
This is very true, sidey. 🙂
So funny… when I started reading, I thought you meant I guy in a tuxedo! Thanks for the giggle! 😉
You’re welcome to the giggle. Glad I fooled you too. 🙂
The penguin is cute! Fun story, AD.
Glad you enjoyed, Amy. 🙂
Hooooooow do you keep,on playing? I would have slipped off the stool, laughing. You go, girl.
It wasn’t easy, Gemma. I love it when the unusual happens. It made my day. 😀
Just goes to show – “Life happens at the mall.”
Never a truer word was spoken. 🙂
Hilarious! I love it!
Thanks, Sue. 😀
Good ol’ penguins, always so reliable especially when you least expect it. So tell me, do you get to choose your own playlist or do you get some guidelines to stick to? Sounds nice though, nice music and not just radio stations blaring in the background.
I play exactly what I like, and it seems to be what everyone who hears it, likes as well. That makes us all very happy. 🙂 I don’t have a playlist. It’s totally spontaneous, depending on what I feel like playing. 🙂
You play from memory or do you have some “pages” with you just in case?
You do ask a lot of question. Are you writing a book about me? 🙂 No, I don’t usually play from memory. The chords would suffer a bit, if I had to remember all the notes.; besides which, I rarely play the same stuff from one week to the next. I have piles of books, and pick out several to put in my bag. It’s very heavy, so hubby carries it for me. 🙂
That makes sense. People keep on saying that – why all the questions? I have really an inquisitive mind and watching people and how they plot and plan and scheme. No writing books, thank you – I have a hard enough time stringing basic sentences together 🙂
hahahaha, he is cute! 😀
Yes, he is. Very cute indeed. 🙂 I presumed it was a ‘he’, by the height, although in that get-up, it’s hard to tell.
Well done on being able to continue playing – that penguin would have finished me off !
It wasn’t easy, but I was determined to get to the end of that piece of music. Of course, I didn’t do the repeats. 🙂
Yes, I can just imagine that you would think of something quite outrageous. It’s a good thing you don’t live closer. 😀
It really sounds like you have fun… I’m specially going to wait for a Wednesday and come and do the same… I think I can put you off….
I was fooled. I love piano music. If I were there I would have camped out in the massage booth so I could get massaged while listening to the wonderful music that I am sure you play. My idea of relaxation. Our NHL hockey team’s name and mascot is the Pittsburgh Penguins, so I love seeing yours.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. Glad you enjoyed my penguin story. Maybe my music was the reason the massage ladies were kept so busy. 🙂
So cute 🙂 I love the eyelashes.
It was hilarious, bibi. He had quite a crowd watching our performance. 🙂
What time does the next show start? 🙂
You’re so funny. 😆
Doing it in style I see!!
What other way is there to do it, newsy? 🙂
Just when you thought you had experienced all that could ever happen to the piano woman, along comes a new one. A conducting penguin would not be high on the list of things one might easily predict!
You’re so right about that, Col. I wonder what the next startling occurrence might be. 🙂
btw – *air of insufferable superiority* my music will be going non-stop for 16 hours over the weekend, at Botanical Society’s Indigenous Plant Fair.
*under breath* OK, so mine will only be running with a computer slide-show …
So you don’t need a conductor? 🙂 Congrats on the 16 hour music slot. I’m sure everyone will love listening.
I won’t be all that surprised if they don’t even notice. I expect they will concentrate on the piktchuss. Mind you, I took quite a few of those, too.
Who painted the “piktchuss?_
At first I thought it was a dude in a tux 😉
Until I saw the penguin!! No wonder you laughed so hard 😉
You would have been in fits too, 68. It was so funny. 🙂
Had me fooled, too 😉
Yesterday I watched some people having their feet nibbled by the callus-eating fish.
At R100 a pop I’ll see to my own callusses.
I really wouldn’t fancy having my feet nibbled by fish, at any price. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed, footsy. 🙂
Hi AD, so cute, also fooled me 😉
Just not always sure if our idiom or slang translate across the board… speaking of which: I’ve been listening to an audiobook in the car where the reader has the most darling accent purportedly from Botswana. I adore accents. It’s The Kalahari Typing School for Men (Audiobook). Have you heard of it?
What fun! I love the penguin…. though you had me thinking it was a guy in a tux until I saw the picture. After all there was the mention of wedding dresses, so a gentleman in a tuxedo didn’t seem too far fetched. Did you do that on purpose, you funny lady? 😉 SO glad you got the picture.
So glad that my little ruse worked, Gunta. Of course it was intentional, that’s why I left the pic until the end. 😆