Within the past two years, Andy Pope has decided to effect a “comeback” as a pianist, having been blessed with a wonderful Yamaha U-2 piano residing in the nearby North Berkeley Senior Center on which to practice regularly and perform occasionally. He began as the Featured Artist in the “Elder Voices at NBSC series,” a monthly revue of poets, musicians, and singer-songwriters held at the Senior Center and facilitated by Ms. Joann Gatten. Here is Andy’s rendition of “Look to the Rainbow,” a show tune composed by Burton Lane & E.Y. Harburg from the musical Finian’s Rainbow.
Andy opened his concert as a Featured Artist on April 1, 2015 by playing a quick “My Funny Valentine” (Rodgers & Hart), followed by a witty “Skylark” (Hoagy Carmichael) and topped off with a pensive “How Deep is the Ocean” (Irving Berlin.)
At some point, he performed his medley of “Adeste Fideles” (John Francis Wade) and “In the Bleak Midwinter” (Gustav Holst).
The piece that Andy began to play toward the end there is called “Rosy.” It is one of the eighteen songs in his song cycle entitled *The Word from Beyond.* A more complete version (though still not completely complete), was rendered one year later on the same dynamic piano — this time with singing to boot.
Andy closed the April 1, 2015 concert with his medley of “Kum Ba Yah” and the main theme of “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. This piece is affectionately called “Kum Ba Yah Jupiter” by Andy’s fans. He promises them that a more definitive version is yet to come.
Hopefully, we’ll be posting more piano video clips as Andy continue to “come back” to the Acoustic Piano – his first, and arguably his only, true love.
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— Andy Pope, Berkeley CA, 20 June 16