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A Mid-Week Break

 

How would you like this for your day/night job?

Location Location Location!

(where the piano player sat on our river cruise)



 

A Mid-Week Break

 

How would you like this for your day/night job?

Location Location Location!

(where the piano player sat on our river cruise)



 

comments (43)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 17 Apr 2013, 00:57
I love piano music smile Sitting in the lounge with a glass of white whine listening to the tinkling of the ivories. Great shot by the way smile
Ginnie Hart: My mother was a piano player, Frances, so I grew up with the tinkling of the ivories. In fact, she often played the piano as our wake-up call before school each morning. smile Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Apr 2013, 01:44
I don't believe I would like it, Ginnie...I would be pining for the opportunity to lean on the ship's rail, best gal by my side, and gaze at the slowly passing Wonders while whispering amusing [and slightly lewd] aspirations in her nut-brown lobe...
Ginnie Hart: You ol' romantic, you, Ray! I'm guessing you need to be retired by now anyway! smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Apr 2013, 03:41
I wish I could play an musical instrument.I have a friend who plays trumpet and sax on cruise ships and love the life
Ginnie Hart: It's definitely one way to see the world, Adrian! smile Thanks.
Nicely framed with the river flowing past his melodies Ginnie... it's great work if you can get it....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: If you can get it. I'm sure you have a point, Peter. I wonder if it ever gets monotonous for them of if they're true musicians and can hardly wait for each opportunity to play?!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Apr 2013, 05:05
He did a great job. It was great did we could dance in the evening smile
I think it is a way of life, not a 9-to-5-job, that is for sure.
Love the angle and with the river in the background.
Ginnie Hart: He did a great job every day, didn't he! I wonder what country he was from? I wasn't always sure he understood or could speak much English. But he sure could communicate through his piano!
He looks to have a very gentle touch, Ginnie. Lucky to have such a great venue! I like your angle focusing on his hands! (Now I owe you an email!)
Ginnie Hart: He had one of those high-falutin' pianos, Elizabeth, with all those stops and whistles to make it sound like he was an entire orchestra all by himself. HA! What a toy! grin Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Apr 2013, 06:21
It looks a lucratiuve employment, too, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I hope so, Lisl, though I'm never sure when it comes to cruise ships. I remember when I was in massage thereapy and we were told about the option of cruise ships and how it was a hard life. Hmmm. Maybe that's why this spot of "location" seems so alluring to me?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Apr 2013, 06:31
Well it would certainly be a very different lifestyle Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chris, and one way to see the world?
  • Helys
  • France
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:05
So romantic
Great textures, shapes, contrasts, colors, action
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Helys. It would be quite the job, I think?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:17
and you danced over the whole night! I like the piano players you can listen to also in some old-fashioned English hotels (or in a Bath café) as I myself experienced some times. I can understand how you imagined your river cruise at the ship itself being pampered day and night!
Ginnie Hart: After 2 weeks of fitting into someone else's schedule, Philine, and not wanting to miss a thing, we were ready to be pampered! HA! It actually felt good to be in Budapest for an extra 5 days on our own, following our own rhythm, if that makes sense? Bedankt.
  • jpla
  • France
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:21
Un cadrage que j'aime ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, JP. Merci.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:21
It's a piano, then? Not the flight desk console of the first manned Mars shot? LOL. I bet he has a full symphony orchestra in there somewhere. I'd love to be able to play the piano then the pipe organ.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Alan. One of those high-falutin' synthesizer machines, I think. It was amazing what he could do with it. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:48
Looks like it pays well
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope so, Aussie. He definitely got a work-out.
Hands and tie of a salesman Ginnie, I can hear the music...by the buttons of the Clavinova!
Ginnie Hart: A true musician, Juan Carlos! It takes one to know one. smile
If he played boogie all night long you just might get me on one of these boats.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can see it now, Mick. grin
  • Focales
  • France
  • 17 Apr 2013, 08:30
Nice framing Ginnie, with an interesting diagonal. I don't play piano but I learn organ during ten years.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martie. My mom was both a pianist and an organist. I wonder what she'd do with a high-falutin' piano like this?!
Being a musician sounds like a dream job. But it really depends on the gig.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Michael. "Moon River" might not be what some would consider fun! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Apr 2013, 09:09
I assume he was from Hungary or another East- European country.
(Sorry: I wanted to say: I can understand how you enjoyed ...)
Ginnie Hart: I believe so, Philine. Somehow Poland sticks in the back of my head. Bedankt.
They sure know how to keep you guys entertained, eh!
Can we see G&A do the Waltz for us please?
Ginnie Hart: LOL, LC. Astrid and I did the English Waltz many times, which is our favorite. I wonder if someone took a video of us. grin
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 17 Apr 2013, 09:23
Wonderful image. So absolutely timeless...and - yes - I can't imagine a more fun job!!
Ginnie Hart: I grew up with piano music in the home, Marcie, so I have a special place in my heart for pianists. I often wish I had learned to play! Thanks.
I would like the job but I'm not sure anyone else would be pleased. LOL Would I get to wear stardust on my clothing like you have given this one?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mary. Lots of stardust! I promise. smile
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 17 Apr 2013, 09:40
I would swim the seven great oceans for the opportunity Ginnie, but only if you and Astrid were in the audience.
Ginnie Hart: Awwwww. What a sweet thing to say, dear Chad!!!!!
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 17 Apr 2013, 10:03
Must be a marvellous job to have. Travelling and playing ...what a life ! Excellent capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure it has its down times, Laurette, but hopefully the ups are many more! Thanks.
A friend of mine was a croupier on a cruise ship and she loved it......for a while! Nice shot, with focus on the hands, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I think many things are fun...for awhile, Martin. Good point and thanks.
How lucky you were as a child, Ginnie, to wake to the sound of piano music.

You positioned yourself in the perfect spot to capture his fingers in action. Can almost hear the tune he's playing.
Ginnie Hart: I really was privileged, when I thiunk of it, Beverly. Indeed! Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Apr 2013, 13:49
Looking at all the gadgets, I guess the piano brought its own orchestra to the party.

I would be happy to hammer the ivories for money, but I guess the audience wouldn't be too happy.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Louis. That was one smooth operator and he wasn't bad either. smile Thanks. I have always thought being a lounge pianist would be quite the way to go!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 17 Apr 2013, 14:01
I began my day with Haydn and thought of mom. This is beautiful, Boots!
Ginnie Hart: I thought of Mom, too, dear Sister. Thank you. Can't you just picture her as a lounge pianist in her past life!
In some ways I envy people who do this, although I guess one would have to love doing it because of the monotony of playing stuff over and over again. I can play the piano but stupidly let it slide and now I'm very much an amateur.
Ginnie Hart: I guess every job has its monotony, Brian. But if most of the time you love what you do, that's a blessing!
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 17 Apr 2013, 15:16
i absolutely would. I used to have the opportunity at times in restaurants, but no more because we moved. Beautiful photo.
Ginnie Hart: What a life, Sherri. I have always thought a restaurant/lounge pianist job would be so...romantic. smile Thanks.
Great stuff, I love to listen to Piano, We have just bought a similar one to this for Elaine to play.
Ginnie Hart: Oh WOW, Martin. Lucky you AND her!!!
In the style of Earl Hines I hope
Ginnie Hart: More in the style of Henry Mancini's "Moon River," I'm afraid, Richard. smile
Trouble is the only thing I can play is London Bridge with one hand....
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHA. How appropriate, Bill. grin
Very nicely framed Ginnie. He certainly plays well!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. He did indeed do an excellent job.
Flying fingers of fortune smile
Ginnie Hart: He deserved every red cent, Larry. smile
Nice strong lines and colours Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Fred.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Apr 2013, 23:15
Hopefully the music was enjoyable ;-)
Ginnie Hart: In every way, Cherry! smile
  • Geoff
  • Australia
  • 18 Apr 2013, 04:57
An idyllic location all right ... was he any good?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Geoff, and oh, yes! i found myself imagining what it would be like to have his job. smile

By the way, your URL here is not working properly. I've had to go find you elsewhere....
That is so beautiful. All around wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael.
Wow! Looks like he could touch the water as well as the keys! What a life!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Robin. Maybe in another lifetime? smile
The heavy gold seems to go with this electronic instrument ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you're right, Wim. grin
  • Sue
  • United States
  • 18 Apr 2013, 16:54
Nice location...and nice instrument. I wouldn't mind either!
Ginnie Hart: And I can see you now, Sue, living life to the hilt! Maybe in another lifetime? smile
Great shot, well done Ginnie wink
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Olivier.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 24 Apr 2013, 14:36
I trust you guys had the occasional waltz in memory of earlier times!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, George. Every time he played "Moon River," we enjoyed a nice English waltz. smile

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