My mom was a huge fan of the man and his talent – not to mention the absurdist show ever! He was the mature version of Elvis. I was a big Elvis fan and I admit some of it was the capes and rings he wore. Mom had the same interest with Liberace. She was always anxious to see what over-the-top outfit he would be wearing. The funny part was, he never apologized for the extravagance. He encouraged his audience to “notice” him and his flashy, expensive costumes. That is why he was called Mr. Showmanship.
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
I would describe “Lee” (as his friends called him) as dazzling. He was witty and always laughed at his own jokes. And it was obvious he was very sure of himself at the piano. He was a child prodigy – there was never a doubt about that.
Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel. – Buffy Sainte-Marie
I recently read an article by Mike Walsh, who was fortunate to see one of Liberace’s shows. Take a look at his fascinating article. http://www.missioncreep.com/mw/liberace.html
The program Bio has a nice tribute to the late Liberace. http://www.biography.com/people/liberace-9381642#early-life
I really like that piano-shaped swimming pool – how cool!!!
With all the glitter, expensive gadgets and gizmos and yes, a piano-shaped swimming pool, was he happy? Well, I’m not so sure he was. I really think he was happiest when he was on stage entertaining. He always looked truly happy when he was entertaining. It’s almost as though his audience was a guest list – like he invited each person into his home to entertain them. That was a special gift. It was certainly more than a job for him. His act was flamboyant and obviously in your face, but still a class act. When he had a TV show, my mom never missed it.
There are many wonderful performances uploaded on You Tube. I suggest you go there to enjoy his unique style and flair at the piano.
Class, glitz, glamour and a great deal of humor. We miss you, Mr. Showmanship! ❤