Sometimes poignant and often hilarious, Robin Meloy Goldsby, host of The Piano Girl Podcast,reveals the comedies, tragedies, and mundane miracles witnessed from the business side of the Steinway.
A pianist in lounges and lobbies around the world, Goldsby tells her stories by connecting people she has met with places she has played. Along the way she discovers the human side, for better or worse, of her audiences—mobsters and moguls, the down-and-out and downright scary, and ordinary people dealing with life in extraordinary ways. Her stories deliver insights into the art and craft of piano playing—and inspiring lessons in life—as she pursues her dreams on her own terms.
Robin Meloy Goldsby is the author of Piano Girl; Waltz of the Asparagus People; Rhythm; and Manhattan Road Trip. She has appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Consideredand NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Robin is a Grammy-nominated lyricist. She is a Steinway Artist and cultural ambassador with artistic ties to both Europe and the USA; her newest solo piano album, Home and Away, launched at Buckingham Palace in November, 2017, at a gala hosted by HRH, the Prince of Wales, in honor of In Kind Direct, an organization that encourages corporate giving for social good.
Robin currently performs plays about 150 live piano gigs a year at Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne, Germany, and tours internationally with her popular concert/reading program.
"Goldsby has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd. Bighearted, funny, truly eye-opening memoir." Publishers Weekly Starred Review
The Lady Plays
“The Lady Plays,” is Robin's tribute to the Piano Queen, Marian McPartland.
Sometimes poignant and often hilarious, Robin Meloy Goldsby, host of The Piano Girl Podcast ,reveals the comedies, tragedies, and mundane miracles witnessed from the business side of the Steinway.
Featuring Goldsby's composition for McPartland: "The Lady Plays."
Pretty, Pretty: Piano Girl vs. Trump
Piano Girl Podcast host Robin Meloy Goldsby flashes back to the eighties, when Donald Trump was her boss at a fancy-pants Manhattan hotel.
"Goldsby has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd." Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Piano Girl: A Memoir
This episodes features two tracks from Goldsby's December album: "First Snow" and "Hallelujah."
We Are the Musicians
“Music has never been essential for keeping people alive, but it has always been essential for helping us feel alive. Live music connects us in an impeccably human way.” Robin’s tribute to freelance musicians, doing their best during challenging times to feed their families, stay on track, and keep the music playing. featuring "Blackbird" from Goldsby's Magnolia album.
Waltz of the Asparagus People
This month’s Piano Girl Podcast, “Waltz of the Asparagus People” takes you on a romp from a fancy New York City hotel lobby to a swanky German castle, accompanied by piano music and vegetables in costumes. It’s a bizarre story, but 100% true. You can’t make this stuff up. Featuring the track "Waltz of the Asparagus People," a tune inspired by Goldsby's encounters with her favorite stalky vegetable.
Olives, Almonds, Sauvignon Blanc: The Musician's Guide to Losing (and Finding) Those Last Five Pounds
For over five decades Piano Girl Podcast host Robin Goldsby has lost and gained the same five pounds about four times a year. Road trips, evil catering, unidentifiable bar food, vending machine Twix bars, buffalo wings, airplane pretzels, stale ham sandwiches, chocolate donuts, and, yes, those community bowls of goldfish crackers—as a musician Goldsby has survived most of these things. For better or worse, here are some of her favorite diet phases, many of them career-related.
Piano Girl Podcast host Robin Goldsby recalls the fifteen years she spent living in one of New York City's most colorful communities. "I never tired of the view from Queensboro Plaza, the way the serrated Manhattan skyline taunted the humble Queens horizon. The two parts of my life—where I worked and where I lived—remained separated by a yawning moat of fast-moving, murky water."