Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A New York (Short) Story


The original version, written by Travelife's Frequent Flier, first appeared in the New York Times in April 1997.

My friends and I had drinks at a Manhattan piano bar one evening while on holiday in New York. The piano player was extremely skillful so I decided to request my favorite Michel Legrand song. It was not the sort of place where one would normally make song requests but I decided to give it a try, as nothing makes me happier than hearing my favorite songs while on a wonderful night out with friends. I took out a pen, reached for a paper napkin and simply wrote down the song title, ''What are you doing the rest of your life?''

''Could you give this to the pianist?'' I asked the waiter, who delivered the note during the break.

When the pianist returned from his break, he glanced at our table, and then smiled and winked at me. I read this as a sign that he would be playing my song next.

A few moments later, the waiter returned to our table with a grin on his face.

''Ben says he's busy tonight,'' he told me. ''But if you're free next Tuesday night he knows a nice little spaghetti place not too far from here.''


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Click on this link to hear the song "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" by Michel Legrand.

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