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Karen Miller's Announcement Letter
12/10/99

Dear Ones,

Well, it had to happen. Even "Fiddler on the Roof" closed eventually. The 23 years of my piano bar run are coming to an end. Even if only temporarily, and I realize I have lost my mind and need to play "Oklahoma" again.

I am afraid that my days of staying up till 5 in the morning are over.

I will be continuing with my dog training business, as I enjoy it immensely – and it doesn’t keep me up until 5 AM in smoky bars. Some of you already know that I have been teaching a "new" (old) way of training – "clicker training" based on the "stuff" Pavlov and Skinner came up with – classical and operant conditioning. Of course I don’t call it that when I see clients. . . no need to scare them. Clicker training is the way dolphins and animals in movies are trained.

Well, I am avoiding saying what’s in my heart. . . that my life has been a gift by knowing all of you. Thank you for 23 years of the best of everything. I have experienced enough love to last many lifetimes. . . in fact I often wonder if I am living them all simultaneously! I have had extraordinary adventures, and I don’t know how I will feel not being able to sit down and play The Wizard of Oz at precisely 11 PM, or hearing you sing "A Weekend in the Country" (G-d, I miss Rochelle!) I will cherish, and keep in my heart all of the extraordinary people I have been honored to work with.

Please come join us at Danny’s. There are only 2 Saturday’s left!! December 18th will be my last night playing. Speaking of Danny - I can’t tell you how much I think of him. What a gracious and thoughtful gentleman he is. He is a mench. That makes leaving much harder. Danny, Lola, Don, Daniel and the rest of the regular staff that work at Danny’s made me feel like a part of their family. I will truly miss playing piano for, and spending time with my "boyfriend" Luis, and the lovely Jennifer.

Erv, I’m going to miss your visits after you get off work at the Firebird. Tom & Richard -- I will miss your monthly copies of "Scarlet Street" and our conversations about ghosts. John -- I will miss your incomparable lyrics—PLEASE write a musical!! -- I’m not going to go on with this or I’ll really upset myself more than I already have.

Come visit me at Danny’s. Two Saturday’s left!!! Music from 10:30 PM to 3 AM

Love,
Karen
(...second star to the right - straight on till morning.)

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