Billy Joel wrote the famous song called Piano Man, no doubt based on his observations from what he noticed as he played in bars and cafés as a young man.
I am now in a similar situation. Each day, I play the piano at the Baby Grand Lounge at the Oasis in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland. It is not my full time job, as I am a psychologist and author, working in the publishing industry with The Amazing People Club and Team Management Systems.
I find it relaxing to take time away from writing and editing our i books and e books, to play popular songs. But, most of all, like Billy Joel, I learn a lot from the people who come to the café. A number of them come over and ask me to play their favorite tune, or to talk about their own experiences as a musician in a band.
Most people though are head to head in conversation. For some, it looks like a business deal, as they are dressed in formal clothes. For others, it is a family get together. Many of the people are old friends and meet over a cup of coffee or tea, to share memories or plan. Some people seem to be in discussions about life and living and the highs and lows. No doubt, a problem shared is a problem halved. Many come to the café in between their shopping, to have a rest and reflect on what to do next.
Yes, the modern café serves many purposes. Maybe, like Billy Joel, I should write a song about the people and events. In the process, I have learned what people like and improved my abilities as a musician. Another example of action learning through involvement.