Sunday, December 30, 2012
So there I was playing the piano at Ebenezer Nursing Home in Minneapolis for the dinnertime in the evening when this very nice man came up and asked if I could play The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...) as he like the way I played it. He mentioned he was in a biographical play (which he didn't tell me that he wrote and had the lead in) about Nat King Cole. When he sang he sounded just like Nat King Cole, and so I figured he must be playing the lead. He only sang one song but when he left (he was visiting a resident there) he stopped by the piano and said, "Keep playing the piano," and perhaps somthing else which I didn't hear as I was in the middle of another Christmas song.
So the next day, I Googled the play he was in. It has been very popular and he even did a bit of it at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in 2010. It was Dennis Spears (the male voice in Moore by Four) and he has a very active singing and acting career.
I was glad he didn't tell me who he was before I accompanied him or I probably would have gotten nervous! What a wonderful experience! And a Happy New Year (I will be playing on New Year's Day at the same venue!)
P.S. At least he is famous in Minnesota....