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Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Robin Spielberg

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As a child, Robin Spielberg had a recurring dream that there were secret rooms inside her living room piano. In her brave and funny memoir, Naked on the Bench, readers are treated to the secrets revealed in these rooms, and the life lessons she has learned on the piano bench. Whether playing a private party for Peter Jennings, acting on the stages of Lincoln Center, or baring her soul at a nudist resort, Spielberg tells with humor and authenticity, of her seemingly elusive quest for a measurement of success. It comes at last, in the most unlikely of places, but first there are wardrobe malfunctions, a few wrong turns, and the number one no-no: accepting a ride with a stranger.

"The captivating descriptions and beautifully paced flashes of humor and pathos in 'Naked on the Bench' testify to Spielberg's years of storytelling from the piano—and will delight the legions of fans who have begged her to write it all down. - Marion Winik, author of "The Glen Rock Book of the Dead" and "Highs in the Low Fifties"

From Felicity Huffman, Oscar nominee/Emmy & Golden Globe-winning actress: "Robin Spielberg has typed college papers for me, held my hand when I broke up with a boyfriend, let me sleep on her couch, and in 1989 loaned me her last 20$ bucks. I thought I knew her intimately. But with Naked on the Bench she has taken me into the center of her soul, and I understand that I only knew the outline of the artist. Now I have the full picture and it is irreverent, brave, funny, and heartbreaking. I read Naked on the Bench in three days, I couldn’t put it down. My husband kept asking me at different times throughout the marathon read, “Why are you laughing?”, “Why are you crying?”, “What made you gasp?”

Her writing is simple, clear and direct. Her Story is heartfelt and most important in an artist, true. It will make you want to have Robin as your best friend. Naked on the Bench has the appeal of a page turner, the depth of an autobiography, and the lessons from a true artist. It’s a wonderful lesson wrapped in a treat."

Biographie de l'auteur

Robin Spielberg is crazy about cats, gardening, her husband, her daughter, and her Steinway---and not necessarily in that order.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 376 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0970563353
  • Editeur : Spobs Music Incorporated (17 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful on so many levels 16 septembre 2013
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This memoir is wonderful on so many levels! I tried unsuccessfully to pace myself in reading it because I didn't want it to end. First, this is a hilarious, touching, insightful story about growing up as an artist/musician, and being "different" from all the other boys and girls. Every artist/musician will be able to identify with that part of the book.

Next, a brutally honest look about what it means to try to turn a passion for the arts into a this case acting. This book should be given to every young aspiring actor to see what it REALLY means to try to make a career in it.

Finally, as Robin learns to make a career out of music, what it REALLY means to be a professional performing artist. It breaks open imagined story book tales of glamour, and shows the nuts and bolts of what it's about.

Throughout she shares her experiences and what she learns with lots of humor (I literally LOLed...a lot!), with compassion, and incredible intimacy. She really lays bare her soul. If you're familiar with her music or have been to her concerts you will know what I mean. And if you're not, you're in for a treat as you discover this beautiful person who magnanimously shares her window on life with us...after all, isn't that what being an artist is about?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 From MainlyPiano 31 août 2013
Par Kathy Parsons - Publié sur
"Naked On the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland" is the delightful memoir of pianist/composer Robin Spielberg, one of my favorite artists ever. Robin and I have been friends for many years, so although there were not a lot of surprises for me in the book, reading it was like getting to know Robin all over again. An extraordinarily positive and upbeat person, Robin tells her stories with humor, wisdom, and total honesty. The book is divided into six parts plus a prologue, so the stories aren't always in chronological order, but jumping back and forth in time allows the book to read like a compelling collection of short stories grouped by common themes.

The book begins with a recurring childhood dream where Robin discovers secret rooms inside her piano and is able to meet regularly with a grandfather she had never met and to hear him play. From those magical moments, we travel through the life of a budding artist from her hyperactive childhood thinking everyone must have an orchestra playing in their heads like she did to the poised and polished concert artist she is now. Quite a few chapters recount the years in New York City when Robin played in upscale piano rooms during much of the day and acted in theater productions by night. One of the founding members of the Atlantic Theater Company, she was able to juggle her pianist and acting selves for an impressive period of time, and many of those stories are enlightening, laugh-out-loud funny, and tear-jerking - some all at the same time! Robin also tells her very human stories of love lost, true love found, and the miracle of her daughter, Valerie.

What makes Robin Spielberg's concert performances truly exceptional is the way she is able to draw her audience into her music with the stories behind each piece and her very personal and "naked" style of playing. As a writer, she is able to do the same thing, letting us see inside her head and get to know the heart and soul of a true artist - the ups and downs of a life that chooses you rather than the opposite, the joys and sorrows, the insecurities that plague all artists as well as the experiences that bring confidence and stage presence. If you love Robin's music, this book is a must-read. If you don't know her music, I can guarantee that the book will seduce you into Pianoland.

Very highly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Naked On The Bench by Robin Spielberg 7 septembre 2013
Par Beth Lyles - Publié sur
The review here is excellent and all inclusive. I only wish to add my unbiased opinion that this book is great. I enjoyed reading it as much as any book I have ever read and at age 82 I have read many. I love Robin's music and after reading her book I feel like I really know this great artist. Listen to her music and I believe you will buy her book. Gerald Holbrook
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Already There" 19 octobre 2013
Par Linda P. Carroll - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I had expected Robin Spielberg's Memoir, "Naked on the Bench" to be a smooth ride over the plains of "pianoland". Instead, I found her story a journey which traversed mountains and valleys of emotions and ideas. I laid aside everything else to complete the book in two days. Robin's recollections are inspiring and meaningful to me. As I read about her struggles and triumphs, I laughed, cried, and did both simultaneously. As one interested in the creative process and the relationship between life and art, I appreciated the insight into the events that sparked Robin's creativity and which underlie her musical pieces I love so well. As a fellow pianist, I can relate to Robin's reflections. Whenever I've played her compositions for our church services, there are always compliments about the music and questions about the composer (such as, "Who is Robin Spielberg? I've never heard of him!")

More than an exciting journey, I found nuggets of wisdom which Robin relayed from her mentors and sometimes from her own experience. "Already there" has become my new mantra. And I need to have Robin's courage to allow my soul to be "naked on the bench".

Having been privileged to accompany Robin on her piano pilgrimage, I can now listen to and play her music with fresh insight.
Linda Carroll
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 She's Robin Spielberg, That's Who! 6 septembre 2013
Par Robin Meloy Goldsby, Author - Publié sur
Who does she think she is, anyway? She's Robin Spielberg, that's who! You'll bask in the glow of Spielberg's spotlight as you follow her gutsy journey from precocious New Jersey school girl to international piano star.

Part memoir, part how-to manual for aspiring artists, Naked on the Bench explores--with humor, passion, and great detail--the ambition, focus, and courage needed for a career on the concert stage.

Spielberg goes beyond the obligatory smoke and mirrors and digs (head first) into the nasty-nice nitty-gritty of show business. Some of these stories are enlightening, some are downright embarrassing, some are tragic, and others are hysterically funny. Spielberg never holds back on telling us the truth about what goes on backstage. Most artists have been in similar predicaments, but few of us have the guts to share what we know. Spielberg has done this with great style and in a voice that resonates with bravery.

A must-read for anyone considering a career in the arts, anyone who is curious about show business, and anyone who enjoys a fun book.
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