Atlanta based pianist/composer Beth Michaels started out taking piano lessons from the nuns up in North Dakota. She spent part of every lesson trying to figure out what the nuns had on under their black and white outfits and the rest of the time wondering if they had hair or not. Actually, when she didn't practice, she also spent some lesson time asking the nuns to play all her songs and then played them back by ear. The nuns didn't like playing by ear. That was worth a hundred 'Hail Marys' for sure. Lessons or not, playing by ear got Beth into playing piano for a living and into the hotel bars. (The nuns would be so proud.) When people often wanted to take her music home (and sometimes wanted to take Beth home), her mother advised her to make some CDs instead. That way, strangers could enjoy Beth in a way the nuns and her mother approved of...in their CD players. "Take 5" is a soothing compilation of piano songs that have put lots of money into Beth's tip jars over the years. These wonderful songs are a perfect backdrop for clearing your mind, clearing the table, or eating a romantic dinner at the table before you clear it. Beth has added a bonus track of one of her orchestrated piano originals from her 'Celebrate Now!' CD. "Taken By the Blue" is a Jim-Brickman-meets-Yanni-meets-Beth type of song. It's a melody about lying on your back and watching a perfect blue sky on a perfect sunny day or it's about getting a lucky blue light special bargain at K-Mart. Beth hasn't quite decided which one she wrote about. You can decide for yourself. Enjoy! And Beth tells you more... When I need to 'Take 5' from life, I go to the movies or to Stan's video store on the corner. Part of my research (goofing off) for this CD included checking out my all-time favorite movies, 'Same Time Next Year' and 'Terms of Endearment,' in order to listen to their fabulous theme songs one more time. I've watched Debra Winger's character die in 'Terms of Endearment' at least 47 times and I still forget to wear my waterproof mascara! My goal in life is to wake up each day, singing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.' Unfortunately, I get my 'Night (s) and Day (s)' mixed up and it costs a lot of money to stay up late when you don't have cable. The only programs on TV at four in the morning are infomercials and they all look so good. The best product I've bought so far is the facial exercise program where you deep-breathe while stretching and scrunching your face with white gloves. I return lots of stuff. When I'm not watching infomercials, I'm playing piano in the Atlanta area and writing music. As a treat on this CD, I've included my orchestrated composition, 'Taken By The Blue.' If you like my style, check out my original CDs, 'Celebrate Now!' and 'Little Girl, Dance.' Happy listening, my friends!
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