Had a crazy neighbor once too. Sometimes the strangest things can happen with crazy neighbors.
This neighbor was a house painter, and he lived in this really (really) old house on the road. He'd always have these WILD parties with 50-100
people. My (ex) wife was a party animal so she'd always want to attend after being invited. We did a few times, and it was nuts, but other times it
could be pretty annoying, especially on week nights. It was like a non-stop party at this place...and LOUD (like hear it for miles kind of loud)! I
got pretty tired of the whole thing pretty quickly, but one night changed everything.
This one night this guy was having an especially huge party, and the (ex) wife basically allowed some of the party to spill over to our place which I
wasn't real pleased about. At one point this total burn-out stoner dude showed up. Turns out he's a friend of the neighbor. He wasn't causing any
trouble or anything, but he looked like some vagrant dude off the street. As the party outgrew the kitchen and expanded into the living room people
started taking over. After a bit this burn-out dude gets up and moves toward the living room. He gets to the doorway and stops like he just got hit
by a lightning bolt, and is frozen there like a statue with his mouth agape. And he's pointing at something...
I'm looking at this guy trying to figure out what he's pointing at (and trying to figure out if he just had an aneurysm, or if he crapped his
pants...or both)! I asked him if he was okay, and what was he pointing at. He says...
I kind of gave a sideways glance to some other people who were equally freaked out by all this, and then answered..."Yes, as a matter of fact, it
...kind of jokingly.
He says..."C...Can...I play it???? Ahem...I mean...would you mind if I...played your piano???"
I figured why not, so I told him sure.
What happened next was the most mind-blowing spectacle I've ever seen in my entire life!! This guy sits down and starts playing Chop Stix (and I'm
kind of chuckling, but hey, it's entertainment, right?)...and then proceeds to launch into the most unbelievable blues piano virtuoso I've ever
heard...EVER!! He played for like 20 minutes non-stop, people were piling into the house to see what was going on, everyone on their feet cheering
and whistling. The whole house was rockin' to this guy. It was just UN-BELIEVABLE!! I've never
heard anyone play the piano like
that...NEVER...not before or since
(and I've seen a lot of good pianists in my day)!
It gets even crazier too!...
All of a sudden this dude just stops. Everyone in the house just goes wild! My jaw was just on the floor in disbelief of what I'd just heard! So I
asked this guy where he learned to play like that, and he says he didn't. Never had a formal piano lesson, couldn't read music, and rarely ever even
had access to a piano (once every couple years or so). Then he says how he'd always wanted to play on a real piano with...get this...88 keys!!
OMFG!!! I mean seriously,...Oh...My...F#ing...GAWD!!!
This guy had just laid down the most mind bending blues groove imaginable...and it was the first time he'd ever touched a full sized piano with all 88
He could listen to a song, and play it flawlessly, the first time! He had an endless list of songs memorized...and the dude could even sing!!
(though he said he didn't like to sing, and thought he sounded bad...wrong!!)
I told him he could come over to our house any time he wanted to play a piano (which he did a few times), told him I would help him in any way
possible to be discovered, offered him money (he wouldn't take it), even offered to pay for an agent (which he wouldn't do). And one day he just
didn't show up anymore. Moved on I guess.
I always expected I'd see this guy's name show up in lights somewhere, but I never did (not yet anyway).
Sometimes having crazy neighbors can have some pretty unexpected turns of events.
And that's a true story too!
edit on 2/23/2019 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)