Do not attempt to go to the Hotel Pianist blog recommended two items down. Hotel Pianist reports that an unscrupulous blogger ignored her request for anonymity and outed her, naming her hotel and posting a picture. She feels that she must decommission her blog in order to preserve her job. That is a shame because Hotel Pianist was a delight.
It is really amazing how some people are just plain mean. Emptiness in their lives, I guess.
If you are reading this, Hotel Pianist, put your email up so your fans can write to you.
Ken Dryden says
What a shame that hotel pianist’s identity was revealed by some bozo…her blog was a riot!
You are JOKING! That is so horrible. I just discovered that blog and wondered what happened.
Rubén González says
What a pity !!! Tuesday night I have enjoyed the reading of several posts of that excellent blog.
Today I read a very apropiate sentence by Robert A. Heinlein:
“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity”
Hotel Pianist: I´m your far away fan.
Hotel Pianist says
Thank you so much, everyone who read my blog and got a kick out of it. 🙂
I am very upset to have had to take it down. But I’m always interested in talking about music and the musician life, so please feel free to E-mail me at hotelpianist at yahoo dot com.
Perhaps at some later date I can reincarnate the blog, or start a private yahoo group for disaffected hotel and restaurant musicians.
And a huge thank you to Doug and his wonderful writings; I’m a new fan.
Whatever. “Anonymous”. Um, it was on the freakin’ Internet. The pianist should just put her blog back up. Why would she take it down unless she was ashamed about some of the things she wrote?
HP was a good egg, and an excellent blogger.
And for the record, I can’t speak for her, of course (although I’m a big enough fan to warrant being her agent), but I don’t think she was “ashamed” of anything she wrote about.
The people whom she wrote about should, more accurately, be ashamed of themselves.
It’s kinda like being caught on Candid Camera.
I’m not saying that turnabout is fair play, but if you have a Myspace account or otherwise want to let Juliana Shallcross (the author of the post that outed House Pianist) know your feelings without registering at the HotelChatter website, consider contacting her at http://www.myspace.com/julianacs
From her Myspace page:
“I also write about what hotels are cool and uncool at HotelChatter.com. See how I make boring industry news funny.”
I think she’s more clueless than mean. She probably thought that if she could figure it out, anyone could, so what’s the big deal. I guess that is a risk that HP took, but I honestly think few people who would be so cavalier.
Hotel Pianist says
I don’t think Hotelchatter was clueless… I sent them E-mail after E-mailing requesting that they please keep my information private, that I didn’t mean to cast aspersions on my particular hotel (hence my anonymity) and definitely didn’t want to lose my job. The fact that they ignored all my E-mails leads me to believe that they didn’t have the best of intentions, or at the very least, didn’t care about what might happen to me. I don’t know if you ever saw the Hotel Pianist blog, but it was quite anonymous. Not only was it an outlet, but musicians from all over the world wrote me to say that they could relate to all the situations!
What a shame. It was such a fun — and harmless, really — blog.
I wish Hotel Pianist all the best in whatever she does.
I’ve never left a comment in your blog but now that it’s been spoiled I want to say thank you for the unique glimpse into life as a hotel pianist. Your posts were lovely, well written, and always a pleasure to read. Hopefully this will allow you more time to tell us more about subway karaoke, creepy cab rides, and tampon-seekers.
I’m so sorry to see you go, Hotel Pianist. I loved your blog. Such a fun insight into the hotel world.
Sorry to hear this. I was a regular if not frequent visitor to the blog. The anonimity of the HP increased its appeal in my eyes. Shame on you HotelChatter and Juliana Schallcross.