“Can I play your piano?”
Please take a deep breath. This piano represents more than a decade of work, struggle, and fundraising. If I’m ok with it in the moment, I’m happy to have my friends play it. If I’m just meeting you for the first time, maybe even the second or third, we’re probably not friends just yet. Perhaps in time we can be.
“Can I pay you to “_________”?”
I’m not likely to do what you want no matter how much money you’re offering. You’re welcome to present what you want. If it’s something I’d gladly do whether or not you’d pay me, I might be up for it. But please don’t put pressure on me or offer me more money or cajole me otherwise.
I will however make exceptions if someone is genuinely my friend.
“How did you get the piano here?”
“When are you playing in the park?”
I’m playing piano I’m Washington sq park in NYC Saturdays and Sundays pretty much year round from 10am to 8pm or so, depending on weather and the season.
“How can I help?”
This actually isn’t a frequently asked question, but I wish it were. I often need help with pushing the piano or watching it while I run to the restroom or other little challenges I’m regularly dealing with. Learning all of the music I perform and keeping this piano in good shape and moving it every weekend is a mountain of work. I can’t do it by myself but when friends offer a helping hand, it really does make a difference.
“Do you teach?”
Not really. But if we’re friends, you’ll likely learn something from me. And I’ll likely learn something from you.