88 keys on a piano and Ed Collins plays each and every single one with all his heart and soul. But long before he played with such pizzazz — he played the simple song every other piano player started playing …. Chopsticks! Sit back and enjoy a short story and some chopsticks to celebrate Piano Day 2019.
As a 4th grader at St. James Grade School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Ed embarked on his piano career. Under the diligent and determined guidance of Sister Amabilia, Ed learned the notes, melodies and rhythms of the ivories. Early songs he mastered included Alley Cat and Five Foot Two — music to his parents’ ears.
For three years Ed trained and competed in the annual Chicago Archdiocese Piano Competition consecutively winning the top piano player award in his class. The third year he was recognized as the top player throughout the entire Archdiocese which included all grade schools and levels. He was awarded this title after playing seven pages of Chopsticks.
The music In Ed’s soul deepened and during his college years his piano playing took off with a vengeance. Jackson Browne, Elton John and rock n’ roll became the driving influence into the passion Ed carries in his piano style to this day.
The first prize medals for his rendition of Chopsticks may be long gone, but the music in his soul remains. Today the music of Making Memories With Ed Collins is enjoyed by audiences in corporate and private events, weddings, retail environments and Ed’s favorite “young at heart” senior communities.
You’re invited to a live concert feed to celebrate Piano Day Friday, March 29, 2019 7:15 pm CST on our Making Memories With Ed Collins Facebook and Instagram pages
Making Memories With Ed Collins was recently interviewed for a spotlight on the Northwest Line Insights by Megan Peters. Megan was able to see first hand what Ed’s music does for the heart and how much joy it brings to the “young at heart” communities all over Chicago. Click here to view the entire interview and watch the live performance.
Booking 2018 Dates Now…
2017 has been a wonderful year and we are very grateful for the opportunities we have had to make memories for so many all around Chicagoland.
We know many of you are working on your entertainment budgets for 2018 right now. Making Memories With Ed Collins is perfect for your next special event. During dinner, after dinner, morning and/or afternoon — they are all good times for making memories with songs of yesterday and today.
We have 2018 dates available and would like very much to be your partner for enjoyable events Making Memories With Ed Collins.
Call or email us today to check availability. firstname.lastname@example.org
Proud to have been a part of Here’s Chicago’s 2017 Hospitality Fest yesterday at The Montgomery Club in Chicago. As usual, Jim Grillo went over the top creating a great environment for making industry connections. Making Memories With Ed Collins made a ton of connections especially for holiday events. We are thankful for our friendship with Jim Grillo.
Holiday time slots are booking fast. Contact us today to make your reservation. email@example.com www.makingmemorieswithedcollins.
Take a few minutes and listen to “A Note to My Dad”, an Ed Collins original.
In honor of all the memories we have with our dads.
Making memories with our dads…
As we launch our website http://www.makingmemorieswithedcollins.com I am moved to mention my mother Nancy, or “Nana”, as she was known to so many of her family. While she clearly impacted all who knew her, her influence on me personally is remarkable. Her never ending concern for others affected all of us and shaped the way we live. She always supported and encouraged me to pursue my love of music.
I would like to dedicate my cover version of Jackson Browne’s song “The Only Child” to my mom even though she was not the #1 fan of J.B. ~EMC
“The Only Child”
Boy of mine
As your fortune comes to carry you down the line
And you watch as the changes unfold
And you sort among the stories you’ve been told
If some pieces of the picture are hard to find
And the answers to your questions are hard to hold
Take good care of your mother
When you’re making up your mind
Should one thing or another take you from behind
Though the world may make you hard and wild
And determine how your life is styled
When you’ve come to feel that you’re the only child
Take good care of your brother
Let the disappointments pass
Let the laughter fill your glass
Let your illusions last until they shatter
Whatever you might hope to find
Among the thoughts that crowd your mind
There won’t be many that ever really matter
But take good care of your mother
And remember to be kind
When the pain of another will serve you to remind
That there are those who feel themselves exiled
On whom the fortune never smiled
And upon whose life the heartache has been piled
They’re just looking for another
And when you’ve found another soul
Who sees into your own
Take good care of each other