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Piano at the Beach Goes Out in Grand Style (with video)

Sanchez and Gina enjoyed their own private concert

It was such a delight visiting with people I haven’t seen in years as well as making new local friends. The grand piano at the beach brought locals and visitors together and reminded everyone about the importance of taking a break, gathering together outdoors, and taking time to enjoy music and sunsets. More than once, I heard someone say “Only in Half Moon Bay”.

The final music scene of the night involved a spontaneous performance of a fire dancer, Alicia Vargas, on top of the grand, while I played Debussy and Chopin. Alicia and I are both avid Zumba students at FIT Studio in Half Moon Bay, yet this was the first time we performed together. The spontaneity of it somehow added to the thrill. This gives new meaning to doing anything to keep my hands warm while playing the piano outside! There is no lack of enthusiasm from the spectators either. You’ll hear a lot of hooting and hollering in the video clip of “That Girl is on Fire”.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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11:55AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

thanks for sharing.

12:15PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Piano sounded in tune. Was it just cosmetically not functional!? thx

10:42AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

So sad, surely a collection from all who attended could have helped save the piano.

7:18AM PST on Feb 19, 2013


7:02AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

I have a "List" of things to say but stay in tune with nature....

5:54AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Wonderful music and lovely setting! It'd be really romantic without the crowd LOL but it's really a beautiful way to celebrate the last few days of the grand piano by sharing its beautiful sound with as many people as possible! Thank you for sharing!

10:05PM PST on Feb 18, 2013


1:38PM PST on Feb 18, 2013


1:37PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

what a waste!

9:36AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

So sad that the piano was not repaired by some caring individual, or a large enough collection taken up for it. To me, a piano is like a good should never be discarded or destroyed. They both nourish the soul.

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