Hotel Lobby Pianist

03 Jan

pianoHow is it that incoming guests are able to walk by the hotel lobby pianist

dragging their stacked suitcases with entitled boredom?

Any normal person would stop dead in their tracks

marvel at overlapping ripples of sound

breathe it in as sustenance

feel the dissonance in the cells

jazz to the relentless parallel progressions of major 6th and 7ths

extravagantly gobbling up the keyboard

as if there are only a few more moments of the year

to pack in all the available percussion before it’s too late.


I’m a supremely appreciative audience of one

riveted to the hotel upholstered lobby chair


gorging myself on piano calories

and I am happy.


Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized


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8 responses to “Hotel Lobby Pianist

  1. mary frances

    January 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    sounds so lovely … we miss you back here! hope all is going well with you!

    • Ellen Bowers

      January 4, 2013 at 5:05 am

      Finished the work and I’m back home now. I loved the cold weather and snow up there!

  2. Janet

    January 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Piano calories are less filling than the other kind too!

    • Ellen Bowers

      January 4, 2013 at 5:04 am

      Well, honestly I was enjoying some Starbucks goodies while listening to the music, so it wasn’t strictly calorie free.

  3. alicetoohey

    January 4, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Delicious poetry! Gave me chills.

  4. Ellen Bowers

    January 4, 2013 at 5:02 am

    The music gave me chills. I was truly mystified at how people could ignore it.

  5. Bruce McGovern

    February 26, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I have been retired over 15 years. But, I remember many years ago an upscale clothing store in Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids used to have a pianist playing inside the front door. I used to go sit and listen while my wife did her shopping. It was very pleasant.

  6. Ellen Bowers

    February 26, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Yes, it really adds a nice, classy touch to the atmosphere.


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