Don’t say I won’t go above and beyond the call of duty in the name of a post, because last week I overcame my natural shyness just to bring you guys the following image:
I was wandering Columbia Mall waiting for Lenscrafters to make my awesome and way overdue new glasses when I came across this guy in Nordstrom’s. I summoned all my courage to stand around awkwardly while waiting for him to finish the current piece and then awkwardly asked if I could post his picture to my classical blog. He noted that he was playing jazz standards, not classical, but I hastened to assure him that this was of no importance. Then I walked out of the store, awkwardly.
It isn’t important what he was playing, because my idea here is less about the music itself and more about changing practices. Look, maybe old movies are misleading me, but my understanding is that pianists in stores and restaurants used to be de rigeur. Now you almost never see them. Or I don’t. Maybe I’m not frequenting fancy enough establishments.
Should we bring this back? Or should music clearly intended to fade into the background in the first place be allowed to fade entirely?