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Songs of Inspiration (7) – Four Notes – Paul’s Tune

For those of you with occasional signs of Teams-/Zoom-fatigue, lack of vitamin-D or general suffering from ugliness in today’s world: Shut your doors, lower your curtains and TREAT YOURSELF with this wonderful sequence of events! !! Tissue-warning beyond this point !! Part 1 – Love, Music, Dementia & More Love! For context, you might want…

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Admin’s Log (12) – Connecting the Dots

Whilst being in a lockdown, we’re happy to see our website still helps to Invite, Inspire and Connect people from literally all over the world! Here’s harvesting one week of correspondence. 1. Piano donation from Tualatin, Oregon, USA Upon getting contacted from Tualatin for a donation of this beautiful Story & Clark upright we –…

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Admin’s Log (11) – Keys to Snares

(We played this Guitar-Piano in front of Cleveland, Ohio’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 2013. The guitar – once amplified – was working quite well 🙂 )   Admitted, my first musical heroes were lead singers/guitar players. For years, I watched and listened to anything I could find from 3 GOAT’s in…

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Admin’s Log (10) – Piano Brain Workout!

During various stages of the Covid-19 lock-down, many of us world-wide were advised to continue daily physical exercise. As true as that may be, let’s not forget the nerve center, our own Central Processing Unit that helps us remaining sane and healthy. Here’s how we’ve kept 🙂 😀 😉 on our faces during moments of…

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Admin’s Log (9) – Blog Map

  At the Home-of-Public-Pianos, we spend some time traveling, some more time playing and – once back home – reflecting on the beautiful world around us, filled to capacity with Public Pianos and -Events. 🙂 Blog Map   If you liked at least some of that, you might want to start planning for your next:…

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Songs of Inspiration (6) – Covers causing Instant Happiness

For those of you – like ourselves – that could need a smile in times like these, here’s a brief selection of piano covers with a little twist, a little extra, with no less than 100% happiness guarantee as far as we’re concerned!   If your all-time favorite cover isn’t yet in there, make sure…

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Heroes (4) – Beirut Blast Relief

(Photo-credits humbly go to Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)   These are pretty difficult times for mankind. We’re in all sorts of trouble, mostly self-inflicted I might add. While parts of the world are on fire, world leaders are stumbling and medical facilities keep getting flooded with Covid-19 patients, I could do with a tangible hero!   Meet…

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Admin’s Log (8) – What’s New Pussycat?

With our canceled trips to Glasgow Piano City and New York’s Sing for Hope, we’ve first of all been praying to the Piano Gods for continuation of our journey to Seattle – Pianos in the Parks, then on to Portland – Piano Push Play, time permitting to be extended with Everett – Street Tunes. We…

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Songs of Inspiration (5) – Seven Bridges Road

The upside of being locked-down during a pandemic is that you can ask yourself some basic questions and actually spend some time answering them. An easy one to answer – theoretically, that is 😉 – was: How to get rid of these #QuarantineKilos? Somewhat more challenging perhaps: What gets me going when work is done,…

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Heroes (3) – Mind-blowing Minneapolis

(Photo credits to Mr. Yusuf Beyazit)     How to comfort pain? How to unite where others tend to divide, rule and stumble? How to de-escalate, when apathy turned into worldwide urge to act, then erupted into chaos and decreasing accountability? How to use talent, passion and creativity for disarmament purposes? There might be no…

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Musical encounters (9) – BEST-STAY-HOME

If you’re a Piano Pilgrim, “social distancing” isn’t probably in your personal top-5 of competences. We tend to travel the world to play new Pianos, meet new people and involve others wherever the occasion rises. Well, not today! We’re as locked-down as millions of you all over the world. Our flights get cancelled, our trains…

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Songs of Inspiration (4) – Song for Guy

With more and more regions in lock-down, it’s about time for some inspiration, what do you say pianoplayers?! I want today’s song to be (1) appropriate to the occasion (2) inspirational to both player and audience, then (3) fairly easy-to-play! Meet: Song for Guy – Elton John (1978) Appropriate to the occasion Depending on where…

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Munich (DE) Barbed wire

Admin’s Log (7) – Violence and Public Pianos 🙁

Folks, first of all, piano above was meant to be a piece of ART. It was on display in Munich 2015 (DE) and although we couldn’t reach nor play it at the time, it seemed just the right eye-catcher for today’s blog… There isn’t a single subject in this world without adversaries; Public Pianos are…

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Musical encounters (8) – Hospital Pianos

7117 different languages are spoken today worldwide, but MUSIC has got them all covered. After playing Medical Centers in 7 countries around the globe, we were happy to add our 6th U.S. State hospital piano earlier this week, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, Florida. Hospital piano encounters can be quite rewarding: the joy…

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Admin’s Log (6) – Ready-Set-Go for World Piano Day

88 keys on a full-keyboard piano, 88 days on this year’s calendar: time for World Piano Day! Note that 2020 is a leap year, so it’s March 28 this year instead of regular March 29. Several organizations want you to believe it’s yet another commercial feast, well it’s not! It’s a worldwide initiative lasting a…

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Admin’s Log (5) – Search and Thou Shall Find

Searching our website helps 😊 For those of you that visit our website and search for pianos in a certain place, those can be interesting leads towards new listings on our site. Let’s see a few examples resulting from your searches past months (in alphabetical order): Americas Aldie, Virginia, USA – Please help us find…

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Heroes (2) – Traveling Piano (US & beyond)

Hello world, my name is Mo, I’m the cutie on top of the piano, together with my partner: Piano Man Danny Kean. Other dogs would call him owner, well not me… We’re partners at TravelingPiano.com and together, we’re on our continuous and strictly non-commercial mission. Before I tell you a bit more about that, let…

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Musical encounters (7) – Boogie Crusaders

Today’s blog is about 2 spectacular Public Piano players: Terry Miles and Brendan Kavanagh. These UK-based musicians have a lot in common but – to us – one thing sets them apart really. Even if you’re living at the other side of the world, chances are you already watched them play, since both have a…

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Musical encounters (6) – Brexit Cheer-up

Something’s different this morning. When we exit Kings-Cross Tube Station, we usually enter one of the side-entrances to St. Pancras International Train Station, a shortcut to our 3 beloved pianos. No such thing today. Instead, there’s a sheer endless line of people towards main/today’s only entrance and the line’s not moving, at all… It’s Saturday…

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Jaw-dropping locations (2) – TMG Grand Piano Tokyo

あごを落とす場所 Have you ever played a Public Grand Piano high over Tokyo Japan? Did you ever get the opportunity to actually touch artwork by the world-famous artist Yayoi Kusama, 90 years of age? Here’s your chance! You can find this beautiful grand piano at the 45th floor / Observation-deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG)…

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Admin’s Log (4) – 2019 Season Closure

We’re on our way down from playing Play Me I’m Yours 3rd edition in Augsburg Germany. Sadly but truly, that brings our season of playing street piano Events 2019 to an end. More importantly, it’s the last multi-piano Event – we’re aware of – on the northern hemisphere, in fact in the entire world… No…

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Songs of Inspiration (3) – Music

Most street musicians we’ve met over the years, play a signature song. If you had time for one song, it would propably be that one. The song itself might change over time, but once it landed in that special category, it’ll stay with you for the rest of times. You might not play it for…

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Musical Encounters (5) – Sister Act

In this 5th edition of our Musical Encounter blog, meet 5 of our Piano Pilgrim Sisters reflecting on their summer of 2019. 1. Roos Favorite opening song: – Anything that will help me sing Maan songs. Next piano to play: – New railway station piano in Delft (NL) as of august 24 2019. “We had…

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Admin’s Log (3) – Opening Lines

Street pianos are all about communication, reaching out to complete strangers. It makes people talk to each other, abandoning their smart phone silos for just a while. A player enters public space of some sort – picture a railway station, center hall – doesn’t speak to anyone specifically, sits down at the piano, briefly observes…

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Heroes (1) – Piano Without Borders (Uganda)

“Public Pianos give people an opportunity to connect”, what else is new?! So far we spoke about connecting in places like Central Park uptown Manhattan or Lakeside Geneva. We blogged about meeting tourists and local bystanders, all with their own walks of life, but on average gifted amongst gifted people. Had we been born in…

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Musical Encounters (4) – Storm to Rescue

Upon waking-up this morning, I knew I wanted to blog about a special memory made in Munich (DE) back in 2014. It’s a stormy Saturday, late afternoon and it’s been a tough week with rain and strong gusts of wind. Usually, that wouldn’t keep any of us away from the pianos, but more and more…

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Admin’s Log (2) – Sound Cloud

We consider Luke Jerram‘s Play Me I’m Yours / Streetpianos the founding fathers of public piano festivals, as mentioned before. Their concept – as far as we can tell – got displayed more than any other worldwide. Since Birmingham 2008, a whopping 2000+ pianos in more than 60 countries. As a result, you might find…

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Musical Encounters (3) – Power Hug (NYC)

Sing For Hope New York is just one of those annual events hard to resist. It will take you well beyond the regular TripAdvisor must-visits, that’s what makes Public Piano events so special! You get to know places from a variety of angles, not just the touristic and commerce imposed venues. You encounter real people…

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Songs of inspiration (2) – Root Beer Rag

Picture a 7-year old boy switching on his favorite sports radio show, dressed-up in his favorite team’s jersey. It’s mid Sunday afternoon, “their” important match is about to start, so temperature is rising. Pleasant extra to this show is its cross-generation music selection. Some of them hit songs, others being hidden gems revealed one by…

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Jaw-dropping locations (1) – Mont Blanc

Occasionally, we get these fantastic tips from friends and relatives around the globe. Any Public Piano spotting – without exception – is well appreciated, eventually investigated on the web before getting published. Some of these turn out to be Close Encounters of the Third Kind and will lead to future travel itineraries, no doubt! This…

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Musical Encounters (2) – Coin Flip

It’s been a bloody long way indeed to Perth Australia. This mid September Spring day is the second day of my visit and promising to be a beautiful one. The advantage of my jetlag is that I’m playing my 3rd piano at 8 in the morning, fresh and fruity. I would not call it a…

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Admin’s Log (1) – What is a Public Piano?

During the planning stages of creating this website, we only had a vague idea of ​​what pianos it should feature. After seeing the number of public pianos explode from dozens to hundreds to thousands, we first had to deal with this question: What makes a piano a public piano? Have It Your Way 🙂 Of…

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Songs of inspiration (1) – Worn Down Piano

What makes a song really touch you? It might be rhythm, chord use, your favorite instrument, lyrics, that dazzling singer, it can be anything. Does the song energize you, does it help you falling asleep, does it support you in times of joy or sadness. A song – to me – that ticks most of…

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Musical Encounters (1) – Where it all began

It’s a mid-September morning in 2011. My partner and I agree on a highly exceptional day off, in the middle of a work week. We both have our fair share of international business traveling and we convince each other we’ve earned this day off. The evening before, we read on the Internet that in the Tilburg…

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