Brian Blair.

I have never written a thing about a friend of mine that formed me in ways that are still a part of me in so many ways.. his name was Brian Blair… an incomparable piano player.. not just a great piano player. he was the piano. In all it’s glory.. it’s classic, 1940’s glamor. The piano that you hear playing and you know Bernstein, Porter, Bach , to Charles and Domino all jumped to attention and said.. “there’s Brian!” followed by “that boy can play!”.. So he and I used to sit on his piano bench at all the southern socialite events.. both in tuxes. He the musician, and entertainer,me as the sidekick friend that fed him lines, That lined up the right people in the front of the piano for Brian’s ultimate (they thought) surprise moments of pure piano bliss that filled each home, out to the grand porch with the traditional columns , to the streets where neighbors would want to call the cops from the noise ordinance past ten, but would be so enthralled with the talent, they would soon be in the kitchen having coffee in their pj’s and robes….. begging for one more song from Brian, and his magic piano velvet-ness…………. So back to the story………………. no wait……….. I think you understand……………….. Brian Blair. gone…….. we lost a great man……. he left me with knowing that he was the most talented musician I may ever know…… some of you got a chance to meet him……. and I am happy about that.. One night Brian looked at me and said.. hey “what are you doing?” I was thrown a back.. but then I soon understood.. He was asking and pushing me out of the comfort of his “talent”..he asked me to move on… knowing we would be apart. but knowing it was the right thing to do.. He made me ME. here in Orlando… Brian died a few years ago.. from a brain disease he had as a child.. A genius he was with that lurking in his brain.. I can not believe he is gone……… He is.. .. He WAS the first performer at apartment E………. and if you want to read more about it all .. please go read the story of apartment e at my website.. www.apartmente.com.………. thank you…….. I loved him….. I miss him…….. as I love you all… all you creatives…….. please understand. “all that is not given, is lost: is not only a cute saying………. it is in my heart, and memory………. do you.. please……….. do you…. peace.. ,frankie