Craigslist find of the day...

(I'm thinking...serial killer perhaps?)

FROM the free section of CL:

Let Me Play Chopin For You -- I'm Portable & Free

I am developing a series of 'performance lectures' focusing on the beautiful piano music of Frederic Chopin and the Paris in which he lived, circa 1844. For a limited time I am offering sessions free as I work to perfect the presentation.

I will come to you with my portable digital piano, an easel and all visual items -- all I need in an outlet for electricity. And yes, I will be performing Chopin's music live for you in your own home or wherever you choose to have me. Very, very few pianists would *ever* offer to do this for anyone, regardless of the price. But my passion for Chopin is such that I want to share it along with the incredible story of the city he called home and the people who lived there.

Hear about Franz Liszt, the Hungarian piano virtuoso who became the world's first 'rock star'; Victor Hugo, the French author who 'saved' the cathedral of Notre Dame by writing a novel about a hunchbacked bell ringer named Quasimodo; Eugene Delacroix, the Grandfather of the Impressionists whose paintings hang in the Louvre and which even influenced the design of the Statue of Liberty; Louis Daguerre, a former scenery painter for the Paris Opera House who went on to invent the photographic process that bears his name -- daguerreotypes!

I have a great deal to share, I just need a venue and an audience. Can you provide that?

This would make a great gift item or surprise event for someone who loves Chopin, Paris, history, the piano or just learning something new. I would prefer not to wander too far from the NW suburbs of Mpls. but can be flexible.

Please contact me to see if we can work something out.


mnbooktycoon said...


Thanks for picking up my Chopin post on Craigslist and, no, not a serial killer here. Hard as it may be to believe, this is something I'm actually doing and the folks who have attended previous presentations have great things to say about it.

How about inviting me out to Highpoint sometime for a special event some weekday evening? There's bound to be at least a few fans of great piano music there.

Let me know. Thx!

- Drew Jensen

Courtney Feia said...

No way really? Is it really you? Cause that was one of the best CL free section posts I've ever seen. Maybe THE best.

mnbooktycoon said...

Yes, it's really me. The post on CL got flagged because I was trying to give away something 'ephemeral' -- I guess you can only post FREE stuff that you can pick up and move around.

Still, it's gratifying to hear someone thought it was worthwhile. I'll have to keep trying to drum up some audiences.

Seriously, if you've got any ideas or possible leads, let me know. I think technology is great, but it seems to inevitably lead to more social isolation all under the guise of being 'connected.' This Chopin series is just one way I'm trying to get people to actually connect face-to-face . . . y'know, like they used to?

Take care, and thanks again.

Drew Jensen

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