Saturday, January 01, 2011

Thanks Mr. Piano Man....

It wasn't really a private concert. My Mom just had the best seat.

Joe Clarke, local musical entertainer, sang an "early show" on New Year's Eve.

Joe was playing around 2:30 at the Sandpiper Nursing and Rehab Center to entertain the residents and families.

I've enjoyed his "flair for Jazz" around town for years so I knew they all were in for a treat.

When we came into the main activity room, it was packed.

I saw a small space right down front and moved my Mom there. Any closer and she'd be turning pages of his sheet music.

The music flowed as Joe performed solo piano and vocals a la Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick, Jr. Lots of toe-tappin' and singing along in the room.

A staff member had taken down the clock on the wall and reset it for a few minutes to 12.

Well, er, just before "midnight."

Soon the countdown started to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" and the room enjoyed a colorful balloon drop as noise makers tooted and people applauded.

Thanks Joe. I hope all your audiences are as appreciative as this one.

(Click on the pictures for more detail.

Mom has been featured a lot here during the holidays. Well, that sounds about right!

Thanks for pausing here for a moment.

Happy New Year.)

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