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Have you ever had that naked dream? You know, for some reason you’re suddenly in the middle of a store and you’re stark naked and you’re desperately trying to hide? Well, that’s how I felt one night in the summer of 1987, only, it wasn’t a dream. I was in grad school and had landed a piano bar job on the weekends at the Holidome in Skokie. No doubt some of you remember that place on Touhy. Now one of the things you need to know about me is that I. LOVE. SHOW TUNES!!! So naturally, that’s what I played and sang. And it was perfect for the Holidome crowd. Occasionally, I’d throw in a little Barbra, but, mostly, it was show tunes. When my graduate classes ceased for the summer, I managed to land another piano bar gig near my parents’ little summer home in Harbert, MI. It was an upscale restaurant on Red Arrow Highway with a large separate bar area that had live music. I had stopped by … [continue reading...]