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Posted by Lionel Mandrake in The DU Lounge
Sun Oct 02nd 2011, 01:42 AM
This is a true story.

I was with a tour group in a hotel in Paris. I was playing some blues on the piano.

In walks this gorgeous young woman. I have never seen her before. She sits down and puts an arm around me. She holds me tight with one hand and starts caressing me with the other. Her face comes close to mine. I can feel her hot breath.

I know people can be turned on by music, but this was ridiculous. Since when does a beautiful young woman hit on an ugly old man? And how was I supposed to satisfy her if push came to shove? A further complicating factor was that my wife was sitting a few feet away and taking it all in. You can imagine my mixed feelings.

What happened next was surreal. She whispers in my ear: "Francais ou anglais?" (She's asking whether I speak French or English.) I tell her English. She tells me she's a professional singer and would like me to accompany her.

Now I know I'm really in trouble. I am only a amateur pianist. I am sure my accompaniment won't be good enough, but how can I refuse? We talk about songs, and we settle on "Summertime". I play an intro, and she comes in with this incredible voice. She is one of the best singers I have ever heard. I manage not to mess up too badly, and my blues riffs don't seem to get in her way.

It was like magic. The audience ate it up. Afterwards, her smile said it all.
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