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Bon Journal

Saved by Dan Coates

After running around all day, I got to the local library about two hours before I had to get ready to play.

Panic! What am I going to play tonight?

The beverages manager had asked me to play a variety of music. And I've interpreted that to mean a sort of "Thousand and One Arabian Nights" - a different story each night, a different piece each evening.

By sheer coincidence, I found Dan Coates' Advanced Piano Solos in the library. I had bought that book about two years ago in Manhattan. It was a great book until I got sick of the mushy love songs and the same arpeggio accompaniments over and over again. In an act of generosity, I gave it to my friend Helmut on my last visit to Muenster.

Tonight, I had no choice but to sightread every single piece in this volume. I didn't have time to prepare. Amazingly, I managed to fill all three hours with Dan Coates' arrangements.

A few people in the bar clapped after I finished his arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Later, I tried to sightread Miss Celie's Blues (from The Colour Purple). One gentleman gave me an applause afterwards. I didn't realise this was such a fun piece!

The mushy love songs after awhile do get on my nerves. But interweaved with swing and jazz improvisations of well-known oldies, Coates' arrangements are just fine for an evening at a well-known hotel.

Thanks Mr Coates! Now, will I be cheeky enough to call my friend and ask for the book back?

12 December 2002 Thursday

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