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Amazing Grace (Live At Nordstrom)


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Now and then for the past 10 years, I have had a part-time job at the Nordstrom clothing store in downtown Indianapolis, as a pianist. I used to make recordings of myself, with my MiniDisc deck, so that I could critique myself after my shift.

One day a group of young men who were in town for a church convention stopped at the piano, and requested "Amazing Grace." You can hear a little bit of the guys in the background. This is from July 2002.
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coletb said 5186 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
Nice
I really dig this fresh version of a gospel classic.
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Nice
Thanks, coletb. It's fun to do a new take on an old tune.
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DrToasty said 5185 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
Awesome.
I found myself snapping along to this upbeat version of
the song my great great (couple times more) uncle wrote
years ago. A smile came over my face, and I found myself
motivated to both A: get a job at nordstroms, and B:
expand my knowledge of songs so that I may play them at
will.
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Awesome.
Your great-great uncle, huh?

The Nordstrom job has been great. When you play some of the same tunes
again and again in live performance, it really forces you to reflect so many
aspects of your performance. It has been a growth experience. And I've got
lots more growing I'd like to do.
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TobinMueller said 5185 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
Flowing playfulness and skill
I dig the playfulness you capture on this take and the skill
of your playing. Thanks for including the backing vocals.
Excellent track.
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Flowing playfulness and skill
What's up with this "45-second speed limit between posts?" I don't get it.

Anyway, Tobin, thank you so much. I only wish I had had my tempo under
control. That's my biggest downfall as a live player -- can't keep the beat too
well.
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daphna said 5184 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
this is wonderful
I'm so glad I found it. Your playing is really enjoyable and
inventive. What you've done here is not easy to do, and I
hope more people get around to hearing this piece.
Thanks!
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
this is wonderful
That is very flattering, coming from such a talent as yourself.

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thetiler said 5184 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
nice
wow

Cool, your are really good.

That's nice that you can get paid for playing! Nordstroms
is a nice environment.

I liked the people's voices too.
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
nice
Thanks. Yes, Norstrom is a wonderful place to play to piano. No cigarette
smoke, no booze, and go home at a decent hour. And no digital piano to
haul!
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bronco said 5181 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Swinging
If you can swing that one you are an excellent improviser.
Talent shows and you've got it.
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Swinging
Thank you, bronco. Love your handle.
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Magritte said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
The vocals are great!
Ok, the whole thing is great.
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
The vocals are great!
Thanks again, Magritte. I appreciate all your encouragement.
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Heidi_E said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Love it!
This is one of my favourite songs and I love what you've
done with it.
Great work!
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John Stebbe said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Love it!
Thank you, Heidi E.
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Del said 5181 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Pleasing grunts
Reminds me of the guy who used to grunt while he played, can't recall his name, due to all those sounds in the background. Even though they are the sounds of pleased onlookers, they sound like you getting into it. Nice work. A total pleasure.
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John Stebbe said 5180 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Pleasing grunts
Thank you, Dell. I am so glad I had my MiniDisk recorder going that day. I
will always treasure this track. Not so much for my playing, but for the
sounds of interaction. That's what the music's all about.
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piano_drew said 4421 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
very nice
that was amazing. lol. i was looking into applying to be a pianist at nordstroms. any tips or suggestions>?
piano_drew said 4421 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
very nice
that was amazing. lol. i was looking into applying to be a pianist at nordstroms. any tips or suggestions>?
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I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959. ... [see more]

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