Piano Bar Playlist, One for My Baby

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12:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 2008—-

After our last union meeting I ran into my friend Tony at the Matchbox. I had to go to the Matchbox. Tony told me about his drummer who was stuck for nine hours in last weekend’s pile-up on I-90 near Madison, Wis. I’m traveling that same highway this weekend.

In life, you can never have too much music.

Here’s my current lounge/piano bar playlist for my road trip.

“Frank Sinatra,” Cake

“Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” Frank Sinatra……………

….”The Other Side of the Coin,” Nick Lowe

“Waiting For The Miracle,” Leonard Cohen

“Person to Person,” Little Willie John

“I Love a Piano,” Irving Berlin as interepreted by the late Orso’s piano man Bob Freitag

“Hotel Song,” Regina Spektor

“Leavin’ Town,” Tom Freund

“Big Moon,” John Doe

“I’m a Night Owl, Pt. 1,” Lowell Fulson

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Sparklehorse

“Hang On Sloopy,” Don Ho

“Nature Boy,’ Bobby Darin

“I Can’t Get Started,” Sammy Davis, Jr.in what was likely his last television performance in June, 1989 on “Late Night With David Lettterman.” Find Sammy smokin’ while smoking a cigarette on You Tube.

“Summer Wind,” Frank Sinatra

“Milk,” Garbage

“Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,” Wayne Newton

“Teach Me Tonight,” The DeCastro Sisters.

Of course I’m stretching the convential boundaries of piano bar music.

Can you?

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